|Type||PUP, Advertising platform|
|Short Description||The page is designed to promote Software Updater LLC.|
|Symptoms||The user may be viewing affiliate ads in his browser. More PUPs may have been installed.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, from the official page of Software Updater, from TopShape.me.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Software Updater|
TopShape.me by Keen Internet Technologies Ltd. has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The website hosts an application called Software Updater. An option for developers is also provided – to bundle their products with Software Updater. The reason for bundling is clearly quickly monetizing profit. Thus, the TopShape.me page is nothing but an online advertising platform for affiliates. The page itself is not malicious, but its third party policy may be the cause of PC-related issues.
Official Description of Software Updater
The following description is taken from http://www.topshape.me/:
→Maintaining your PC should be simple and transparent.Software Updater free computer maintenance and security solution automatically identifies all out of date programs that can leave your PC slow or even open to attacks. It then supplies your computer with all the necessary software updates to keep it safe and up to date, while always consulting with you first! By keeping your computer up to date with the latest and greatest of your favorite applications, Software Updater makes your computer faster and more secure. Moreover, it ensures you make the most out of the software you download. Using a scanner like Software Updater is complementary to the Windows update service, and is a free, essential service for every home computer.
Third Party Disclosure
→ We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.
→ However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.As we said, the website itself may not be harmful but it may host links to third party services and pages. Since third parties have their own privacy policies, the company will not take responsibility for the content they are related with. In addition, if you are tech-savvy, you will immediately notice that the website doesn’t support the HTTPS service, and hence, may be classified as unsafe.
An excerpt of the Third Party links policy of TopShape.me follows:
Third party links
→Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
What is Software Updater?
The product is advertised as helpful to users, but it may be malware-related. Its primary file is SoftwareUpdater.exe. According to File.net, the executable is not essential to Windows and can be problematic. It is typically located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. If SoftwareUpdater.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, it can be dangerous to the system.
According to our research, malware can be detected in files dropped by Software Updater LLC. Additionally, the program has been bundled in numerous installers. ShouldIRemoveIt provides the following list of affiliate software:
- Vittalia Installer by Filewon
- EazelBar by Vittalia Internet, SLU
- DealPly by DealPly Technologies Ltd
- Auto Lyrics by Mansoft Union
- iRobinHood Partners V Addon by iRobinHood Partners
- LyricsBuddy-1 by CrossLyrics
- PassWidget by Revizer Technologies
- Arrange Desktop by Onekit
To completely clean the system, the removal of all bundled products is highly recommended. Since multiple files and processes will have to be located on the system, using an anti-malware scanner is recommended. However, expert users can try and remove the program manually. Please, refer to the removal instructions below.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Software Updater in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Software Updater.
Step 2: Remove Software Updater from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Software Updater and click “Remove”
After Software Updater is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Software Updater to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Software Updater has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Software Updater
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Software Updater. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Software Updater will be removed.
Step 3: Remove Software Updater automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Software Updater associated objects.
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