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Remove EasyPhotoEdit Chrome Extension Completely

A new browser hijacker developed by the infamous Mindspark Inc. has been reported to affect thousands of users. The suspicious browser extension hijacks the web browser of the user installing tracking cookies. Researchers believe that the collected information is used to display targeted advertisements to users and lead them to third-party sites of various origin. Since some third-party websites may be dangerous for users, it is highly recommended to stay away from such PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

NameEasyPhotoEdit
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe software “hijacks” the browser of the user via changing different settings.
SymptomsSlow PC, different types of advertisements. PC freezes. Unknown extensions installed.
Distribution MethodVia bundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by EasyPhotoEdit
User Experience Join our forum to discuss EasyPhotoEdit.

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EasyPhotoEdit – How Did I Get It

One way to get this program is via bundled installers. Imagine the following scenario – you download a free program from a website that offers different programs for free download, like a torrent site or third-party site such as download(dot)com. And suddenly your computer becomes slower, and you start experiencing pop-ups. This is because of the installers of the program you downloaded. Most users disregard included adware applications like EasyPhotoEdit that come added in incognito mode. You can easily spot them, though – they are located under a pretext like “Add this as a free extra” in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option. To avoid bundled software, the best method is always to download it from the official site of the program or choose one of the options in bold above during install.

EasyPhotoEdit – What Does It Do

The software’s website claims that its program can edit photos using various features and photo effects. However, after we tested it, the program does nothing alike. What is more even on the site easyphotoedit(.)com there was a so-called plugin that asks users to drop files for online editing. However, this also doesn’t work because when you drag a file(at the time of writing this) via Google Chrome nothing happens.


So next step is adding the extension. One way or another upon adding it request unusual permissions for its initial purpose:

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After the application has started, it immediately takes some preferences of the web browser, possibly by editing Registry values or creating new ones. The home page and the New Tab page are changed to its custom one, and it manages the apps, extensions, and themes.

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Furthermore, two types of cookies that have been identified as spyware have been detected with an antivirus program.

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Such cookies are used to store different information about various user activities:

  • Browsing History.
  • Online clicks.
  • Various credentials.
  • Online searches.
  • Location, Language and IP address.

This type of information may be used for various purposes, primarily to use the interests of the one who is behind the PC to display targeted advertisements based on them. Furthermore, it is important to know that this software has been developed by the infamous Mindspark and their privacy policy regarding aggregated information may vary:

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Finally, we decided to illustrate to you the possible risks associated with having a browser hijacker on your computer that is ad-supported:

  • Redirect to malicious sites.
  • Display advertisements that may lead to scamming websites.
  • Significantly slow down the web browser and even cause system freezes at times.
  • Install other ad-supported browser extensions on your computer without your consent or approval.

Remove EasyPhotoEdit Browser Hijacker

In case you have decided to get rid of this unwanted Google Chrome extension it is strongly advisable to act swiftly. One specific way to do it is via following the methodologically arranged instructions after this article. It is also advisable to use an advanced anti-malware software that will help you with.

Delete EasyPhotoEdit from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall EasyPhotoEdit in Windows
2.Remove EasyPhotoEdit from Your Browser

Remove EasyPhotoEdit automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

1. Remove EasyPhotoEdit with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to EasyPhotoEdit in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools
NOTE! Substantial notification about the EasyPhotoEdit threat: Manual removal of EasyPhotoEdit requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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