No one would want to have something like Hawker on their computers. This adware program induced an extreme headache to our security researchers because of its evasive nature. Although Hawker is not a severely dangerous computer security threat, this adware program is associated with Trojans. This means that if you do not remove Hawker right now, the program might expose your system to various cyber criminal schemes. You could end up getting infected with tons of other malicious programs, and it would not be surprising if your financial information gets stolen as well. So the bottom line is that the sooner you get rid of this problem, the better.
Usually, adware programs function like browser extensions, and they affect all the main web browsers in the market. However, Hawker seems to work only on the Google Chrome web browser. Aside from adding an extension, Hawker also has a process that is called “VersionControl.exe”. You can kill this process via the Windows Task Manager, although that is not enough to remove this program from your system. There are still many other files to take care of, and we would strongly recommend that you acquire a legitimate antispyware tool to delete them all automatically.
Whenever we cover adware programs, we always emphasize that unwanted applications arrive on target computers in groups. We would have said the same about Hawker as well, but this program is a special case. Rather than getting distributed in bundles like any other adware app out there, the infection vector for this application is a Trojan. Our research team says that there is no information that would confirm Hawker gets distributed in software packages. Thus, we can be sure that Hawker installs itself on your computer silently without any confirmation window. This kind of behavior allows us to categorize Hawker as malware, and you most definitely have to delete the program as soon as possible.
Aside from being associated with Trojans, Hawker also exhibits undesirable behavior that should not be tolerated. For example, the application is very good at tracking your online activity and checking what website you visit on a regular basis. All the information collected by Hawker is later shared with third parties because the program uploads everything to a remote server via businesssupervision.com. On top of that, this information can be used to create a stream of tailored advertisements that appear randomly in your browser.
Needless to say, random pop-ups are extremely annoying because they take up your system resources and slow down your browser. What’s more, they may inadvertently expose you to unreliable content because adware programs do not check whether the third-party links embedded in the ads are safe. In other words, there are far too many reasons to remove Hawker to ignore them.
Open your Control Panel and uninstall all the potential threats right now. As mentioned above, some files might be too hard to remove on your own, so you should delete them automatically with a computer security tool of your choice. Should you have any further questions on Hawker, do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below, or mention us on Twitter.
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