It seems like the notorious Mindspark Toolbar family is making a comeback because here we have GetPoliticalNews Toolbar, and our research team says that it is part of the group. If that is really the case, there is nothing much to worry about this application. While security websites may categorize this application in various ways, we say that it is a potentially unwanted program. It means that the toolbar is not a malicious infection, but it could cause a lot of trouble if it were exploited by malevolent third parties. Hence, it is necessary to remove GetPoliticalNews Toolbar from your computer as soon as possible.
Since this application is not a malicious infection, you can download it from its official website directly. You can access the homepage via getpoliticalnews.com. The toolbar is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It is also possible to find the Chrome version of this extension at the Chrome Web Store. So there is nothing illegal about the way this application is distributed. Although we are sure that there are more distribution methods out there, some of which can be rather shady.
We say this because we know that potentially unwanted programs, adware, and browser hijackers often travel bundled with freeware. So if GetPoliticalNews Toolbar entered your computer, and you do not know how this application managed to perch on your browser, it is very likely that you downloaded and installed GetPoliticalNews Toolbar accidentally with some other application that you recently got from a third-party website. This is why it is necessary to read all the steps in the installation wizard when you install a new third-party program on your PC. Freeware apps that come from file-sharing websites are often paired with additional apps and features. Normally, you can avoid adding them to your computer, but if you skip the installation steps, you will miss the notification about it.
Frankly, GetPoliticalNews Toolbar is more intrusive than dangerous. It says that with this application you can “get unbiased political news across a variety of categories such as politics, healthcare, civil rights, elections and taxes.” However, who can guarantee that the third-party websites this toolbar uses would really provide you with unbiased news? In fact, there is a good chance that GetPoliticalNews Toolbar will get its content from unbiased sources? Not to mention that the toolbar may change your default search engine. As a result, it will track your online activity, collecting information on your web browsing habits.
Finally, GetPoliticalNews Toolbar may expose you to potentially corrupted third-party content. It might not be this program’s intention to infect you with malware, but it does not review and does not control the content it promotes. Hence, if anyone exploits this browser extension for their own malicious purposes, it might become a malware distributor, too.
Hence, you need to take these security risks into consideration and remove GetPoliticalNews Toolbar from your system. It is not complicated to terminate the extension, but if you think there might be more unwanted applications on-board, you should seriously consider investing in a licensed security application that would make sure your PC is safe and clean.