Astromenda (astromenda.com) has been detected as a potentially unwanted application by several anti-virus solutions. Even though the risk level of Astromenda is small, its removal is recommended since it may take over the browser’s settings and collect user information. Once installed, possibly via the bundled method, Astromenda will act as a browser extension compatible with widely used browsers (Explorer, Firefox, Chrome).
General Description of Astromenda
Astromenda has been flagged as PUA.Astromenda by Symantec. It can also be detected as WSE_Astromenda. Once the PUP has been installed, the browser’s homepage, search page, and new tab page will be set to astromenda.com.
Astromenda.com is promoted as a search engine and a free browser add-on that helps users customize their browser tabs. However useful it may seem, Astromenda is prevalently distributed via the bundled method, meaning that users don’t realize they have downloaded the app. Even though bundling of software is not illegal, it tends to turn into an issue since many ad-supported programs can, and will, enter the system.
Bundling can be avoided in a very simple way – just opt for the custom option prior to ‘blindly’ installing any program. Many users prefer freeware products, and there is nothing wrong with that. Always choose the advanced (custom) installer and everything will be okay.
Andromenda Bundled Programs
The PUA is most likely included in the packages of programs such as:
Or other similar programs which are ad-supported or may come as recommended in install packages.
Astromenda Removal Options
Many users have complained they found it difficult to uninstall the program completely. In other words, even after locating it in Control Panel and uninstalling it, it kept on showing up. Since Astromenda is flagged as a PUP and is not malicious, different AV programs will treat it in a separate way. In fact, if the user clicked the Next button during the installation of a free application (like the ones listed above), the AV program may have assumed everything in the download package was wanted. As we already mentioned, bundling can be dealt with very quickly and easily – by being more cautious during the installation process.
Because potentially unwanted programs may be capable of making changes to the Windows Registry, using professional assistance to remove them is recommended. However, manual removal can also be tried – follow the steps below to eliminate all traces of Astromenda. Keep in mind, though, that every situation is unique and manual removal will not be equally effective on all machines.
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