A suspicious web browser, known as Sheild+ has been reported by cyber-security researchers to be installed involuntarily to user PCs. This potentially unwanted program is strongly believed to advertise heavily, slow down the user PC and mostly to collect different user information. Since the application is categorized as a low-level cyber-threat, it Is not detected via conventional antivirus methods.
|Type||Ad-supported web browser.|
|Short Description||The web browser may perform suspicious activities, collect user information and|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Shield+|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Shield+.|
Shield+ Browser – Distribution
The Shield+ browser may usually be spread via bundled downloads. This means that you may encounter it in an “Add Shield+ as a free extra to this install” opt-in button in the “Advanced” setup preference of a program you may have downloaded. Such strategy is used when program installers are either uploaded to suspicious torrent sites as a part of an affiliate marketing trick to generate revenue to the publisher of the setup. Since most inexperienced users are not used to this aggressive marketing strategy or have a fast-clicking syndrome, they miss applications like Shield+ Browser.
Shield+ Browser In Detail – Is It Legitimate
This either points out to the possibility that the web browser has been discontinued, or that the web browser is still distributed, and the website is just there for a bit of a “show and tell”.
Another interesting aspect that intrigued us was that Sheild+ was Chromium based. Most Chromium based web browser that we have met along the way that has the same “404” type of websites have usually turned out to be ad-supported and unwanted. Examples are Torch Browser, Mustang Browser and so on. So as far as you, the user may be concerned this web browser may be no good for you.
Furthermore, researchers, analyzing Shield+ have confirmed that the web browser may use malicious practices to obtain any user-entered information via its code. This may include personal details, online clicks, browsing history and other. This information may be used to for different purposes:
- Display pop-ups, banners, browser redirects to phishing or scamming websites based on the same subject as the user has searched online.
- Directly trade the user information on the black market.
- Infect the user with malware, by knowing his IP address, antivirus software and other System information such suspicious browsers may collect.
In addition to that, the web browser may modify the Windows Registry Editor and change different settings there to make itself difficult to uninstall.
Cyber-crime has surely evolved over the years especially when it comes to the big bottleneck which is the methods of situating unwanted software or malware on the user PC. At this very moment, there are millions of computers worldwide affected by ad-supported software like Shield+ browser. This indicates that if a cyber-criminal can cause a browser redirect to a 100 affected computers by the same ad-supported application and this redirect has malicious code in it, there will be a botnet of 100 devices under his/her control, including your computer.
Remove Shield+ Browser Completely
Before taking any steps towards removing the software, in case you have decided to, you should make sure you backup all your files and change all your passwords from another device. Then it is highly recommended to follow the below mentioned removal steps to effectively get rid of this unwanted software from your computer, without having to reinstall your operating system. After the removal is complete, we also advise renewing your registry entries.