CharityTools is just a simple adware program. It has nothing to do with charity or raising money for a noble cause. It is set to make easy money for its developers. We recommend that you remove this program at your earliest convenience, because its ads are supplied by unknown third parties. Therefore, it might display misleading and even dangerous advertisements that can compromise your computer’s security. Needless to say, cyber security is of utmost importance in this day and age, so you should not ignore it. Having a reliable security program is key in order to ensure it. Safe browsing practices are also very important, because otherwise you can get programs such as CharityTools.
For starters, we should discuss where this application comes from. CharityTools has been developed by Domain Web Developers LLC, a largely unknown developer that we previously have not encountered. This program has its own website at Charitytools.org. Interestingly, this website is actually a clone of another website called Runad.net. It appears that Charitytools.org is a clone of Runad.net and not the other way around. CharityTools developers are quite sophisticated, since they utilize various methods for targeted advertising which we will discuss a bit later. Unfortunately, we cannot be certain of this program’s dissemination methods, but we have received reports that it is being bundled with malicious software installers that do not offer you the ability to remove CharityTools from the bundle’s installation settings.
So, if you have this program, then you most certainly got it unintentionally as a result of unsafe browsing habits. Therefore, CharityTools is regarded as very intrusive. This application displays its advertisements at the bottom of every website, so it kind of blends in. Nevertheless, their presence cannot be overlooked and some users may be tempted to click on them to see what they have to offer. The ads are quite appealing, as they promote content from Amazon, Walmart, and a few other online retailers. However, CharityTools is not directly linked to these retailers, so its ads can be misleading. Moreover, if you click on them, you might get redirected to an entirely different website that has nothing to do with shopping. You might even download more adware as a result of clicking unknown links.
CharityTools’s developers built in an ability to collect information about you. This information includes IP addresses, browsing history, search queries, PC specifications, browser type, previously viewed ads, and so on. This information is used to display targeted advertising based on your geographical location and personal interests. Also, the collected information may be sold to other entities to make more money. So it is not about making you aware of the best deals, but making money for certain entities.
We strongly recommend that you remove this application, first of all because this program secretly infects your computer, and also because its ads are unreliable, since they come from unknown third parties. Also, it collects information about you in order to sell it. Nothing good will come from having this application installed, so, if you want to remove it, do not hesitate and do it with the aid of our instructions.
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