Many legitimate applications, especially those developed as online shopping assistants, tend to collect user information. In many cases, such browser extensions may be downloaded onto computers in software packages, alongside other applications. Thus, they may be treated as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). RebateInformer may be described as such an application designed to inform users about various deals, discounts and rebates online. Its primary file is RebateInf.exe. To prevent the collection of sensitive details, users who have noticed the app and haven’t downloaded in willingly should proceed towards its complete uninstallation.
Description of RebateInformer
RebateInformer has been around for quite some time. It is, in fact, a legitimate browser extension developed by Inbox.com and powered by RebateGiant. It is set to analyze website visits to find deals. When the app finds a matching offer, it will try to inject an affiliate code so that affiliate based commissions are collected.
RebateInformer can be downloaded from its official website rebateinformer.com where a first-time user $5.00 cash back bonus is offered. It may also be promoted on various freeware and shareware pages. However, there is one more probable distribution technique for such products and it is called bundling. Software bundling means that the app was downloaded with another product because it was included in its package under the ‘advanced’ or ‘custom’ option. Fast clicking the ‘next’ button during installation often leads to such unwanted downloads.
On the other hand, RebateInformer is reported to bundle other products in its download packages, such as the Inbox.com Toolbar.
Risk Evaluation of RebateInformer. RebateInf.exe
According to security research done by VirusTotal, malware has been detected in RebateInformer’s executable – RebateInf.exe. At the very least, the application may be treated as riskware or PUA (potentially unwanted application). Seven AV programs have detected RebateInformer as troublesome. Some (Trend Micro HouseCall, ByteHero) have even discovered Trojan components in it. Hence, its removal is highly recommended.
RebateInformer Uninstallation Issues
Several users have reported having issues while attempting to uninstall the program from their systems using Control Panel.
One thing that can be tried to uninstall completely RebareInformer is following these actions:
→Go to Start Menu -> My Computer -> Local Disc (C: ) -> Program Files -> select RebateInformer -> Delete it
Lastly, scanning the system is highly advisory since it may have brought other PUPs or may have changed Registry keys without the user’s knowledge or permission.
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