Malware takes over your Google Chrome and replaces it with a clone that spies on you
You may never know what hit you if you are infected with this malware. The new adware software, dubbed “eFast Browser,” works by installing and running itself in place of Google Chrome. The malware was discovered by security researchers at PC risk and tricks users into believing they are using Google Chrome to carry out its nefarious activities.
“eFast Browser is mostly proliferated as a ‘bundle’ with other (mostly free) software,” PC Risk’s Tomas Meskauskas warns. “Users do not expect bundled applications to be concealed, and thus, developers intentionally hide them within the ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ settings. Users who rush the download/installation processes and skip this section often inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of infection and compromise their privacy.”
- Generates pop-up, coupon, pop-under and other similar ads on your screen
- Placing other advertisements into your web pages
- Redirects you to malicious websites containing bogus contents
- Tracking your movements on the web to help nefarious marketers send more crap your way to generating revenue
Needless to say, eFast can only bring grief to end users, and if you have been saddled with it, follow these instructions to remove it.