There hasn’t been much information, regarding the APN Toolbar (otherwise detected as PUP.Optional.APNToolBar.Gen). However, some security experts recognize it as a Potentially Unwanted Program. Also, reports have been received in some security forums that it has been detected in numerous PCs. Some claim that APN may stand for Ask Partner Network, though it hasn’t been confirmed that it has anything to do with the ask.com search engine.
Either way, some claim that this PUP usually may install itself on your computer automatically, via updates of freeware you might have downloaded, like McAfee updates, Java, Flash Player and so on.
APNToolbar – How Does It Work?
The suspicious toolbar may situate itself on your computer in the most common way PUPs do – in combination with freeware, whose installer program may be downloaded from third-party sites. However, there are also other unconfirmed ways that it can be installed, which might usually be hidden from the user. For example, it may be installed via a program update that might be mentioned in the Policies of the freeware that a user may have installed.
The potential consequences of such program usually are not dangerous in any way to the computer. However, chances are that it may display advertisements on your web browser that could redirect to sites that might have the abilities to obtain your:
- Personal Credentials.
- Bank Account Numbers.
- Other Non-Identifiable information (browsing history, etc.).
PUP’s may not pose a direct threat to your system, but it is necessary to be careful when it comes to them.
How to Remove APNToolBar?
In case you have suspicions that this toolbar may have been installed on your computer and may pose a threat, it is recommended to uninstall it fully. This might prove to be tricky since some users report that they had no actual knowledge that this program even existed on their systems. That’s why it is advisable to seek out professional software that detects and offers constant protection from such programs.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter