It is quite possible that finding IPNinja on your system would surprise you as you may not recall installing it. In fact, this questionable VPN (Virtual Private Network) application cannot even be downloaded officially; it is more likely that your copy sneaked onto your computer while you were installing a free software package. However, if this potentially unwanted program (PUP) managed to crawl onto your PC, there could be other threats hiding on your system. This PUP does not seem to work as a proper VPN application as it does not even change your IP address. We cannot really tell what this software really does and it seems like more of a scam than an unfinished program spreading through questionable channels. Thus, we advise you to remove IPNinja from your PC because it has nothing to do on board really. If you want to learn how you can protect your computer from similar threats more successfully, please continue reading our article.
Since the official page does not let you download this program, there has to be another way for it to spread over the web. The bad news is that it can be found in free software packages since this is one way for it to stay low and possibly get installed unnoticed. You can generally drop such a bundle when you click on unreliable third-party ads and disguised content (fake buttons and fake notifications). This can easily happen when your computer is infected with adware, for instance. An ad-supported program can spy on you and display customized advertisements while you are surfing the web. In addition to these, it can also hijack normal ads and inject potentially unsafe ones instead. Therefore, you should always make sure that your system in not infected.
But you can also drop an infectious bundle onto your machine if you click on harmful ads generated by shady websites associated with file sharing, gaming, gambling, and pornography. You need to be extra careful whenever you land on unfamiliar pages because third-party ads can sometimes pose as buttons and system messages. Suspicious websites may also have malicious code that can open malicious pages in new tabs when you click somewhere seemingly safe on the page, such as an input field. All in all, we recommend that you remove IPNinja from your system and scan your PC with a good malware scanner to see how bad your security situation is.
This program is supposed to provide you with IP address to make your online presence safer and more private. However, we have found that this PUP does nothing like that. In fact, it simply starts up automatically with Windows and runs in the background without having any visible sign. You can only spot it if you open your Task Manager and find its process called “IP Ninja” unfamiliar. We advise you to end this process before you set out to eliminate this PUP. We could not find any use or sense for you to keep this software on your computer anyway. We cannot confirm that it does anything malicious in the background, but you can never know when this tool can be turned into something else by its creators or worse, by cyber criminals. This is why we advise you to remove IPNinja from your PC.
Finally, we can mention something positive about this worthless PUP: You can easily delete it by running its uninstaller in Control Panel. It is possible that you have never uninstalled an application yourself, so we have prepared an easy-to-follow guide for you below. You can accomplish these steps in a minute even if you are not a computer savvy. But you should not stop at this point because there could be more serious threats on board. If you want to clean your PC and keep it that way, we recommend that you install a trustworthy malware removal application like SpyHunter.
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