Security researchers have found a new piece of Adware that replaces your entire browser with a Dangerous Copy of Google Chrome. As both look similar, the user cannot easily make out the changes in the system.
This new adware named eFast Browser works same as Google Chrome installing and running itself in its place .
The adware as the name states, does all the malicious stuff what such programs usually do like
- Generating pop-up, coupon, pop-under and other similar ads on your screen
- Placing other advertisements into your web pages
- Redirecting 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
Therefore, we got to know that you’ll surely repent having this installed in your PC after some issues like Privacy/Identity Theft.
What’s So Different about this Adware
Unlike all adware trying to take control on the victim’s system, this one is quite different, eFast Browser uses a deceiving method of replacing your entire browser with a malicious copy of Chrome.
In a report published Malwarebytes detailed that the nefarious software attempts to delete Chrome and itself takes its place, allowing it to hijack several file associations including HTML, JPG, PDF, and GIF, as well as URLs associations including HTTP, HTTPS, and MAILTO.
The eFast Browser is based Chromium open-source software, which tricks the user to believe it as the ligitimate Google Chrome browser.
The malicious computer program comes from a company calling itself Clara Labs, who developed a slew of similar browsers under titles such as BoBrowser, Unico, and Tortuga.
How does eFast Browser Install itself in the First Place?
It is relatively easy to avoid installing eFast Browser and, fortunately, also relatively easy to uninstall if you have found it on your computer. You can follow the removal instructions detailed by PCRisk.
Source : MalwareBytes’s Blog & The Hacker News
Adware Removal Instructions by PCrisk : https://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/9480-ads-by-efast-browser