Whenever you click an outgoing link, you have to be sure that the site you land on is absolutely safe. Otherwise, you would end up installing the likes of Jointheshop on your computer. Although Jointheshop is not a dangerous infection, it is definitely not recommended to keep this application in your system. It is an adware application and as such it could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote corrupted content. Remove Jointheshop from your computer and save yourself the trouble of dealing with malware infections that could seriously cripple your computer.
Jointheshop is definitely one annoying application, but on the bright side of things, we know where this application comes from. It belongs to the Multiplug family, and it is based on the JustPlugIt engine. Adware programs from this group are known to have official websites that do not provide direct download links. They also can randomly capitalize letters in their names upon installation, so sometimes Jointheshop might also be named as JoiNTheSHOpp, JointHEEshoPp, and so on. But the point is that it is still the same application. The same behavior was exhibited by LuckyCoupon, SaveNShop, SaveON, RightCoupon, and many other applications from the Multiplug group, so we know exactly what to expect of Jointheshop.
This adware application functions as a browser extension, so when you download Jointheshop bundled with freeware, the application will add a plug-in to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Sometimes the newer versions of Google Chrome may block the Jointheshop plug-in, citing various security reasons. This should ring some alarm bells because it clearly shows that Jointheshop is not as reliable as it might seem. After all, the application comes with third-party installers (Vittalia, Amonetize, InstallRex), and it does not really ask for your permission to be installed. Sometimes it may inform you that Jointheshop is about to be set up on your computer, but users often breeze through freeware installation without bothering to check all the installation steps, and thus, they end up having multiple unwanted programs on-board.
Constant pop-ups and potential redirections caused by Jointheshop are just half of the problem. The application indulges in promoting third-party content in order to generate profits for its developers. Needless to say, the app does not review the content so if cyber criminals want to promote their websites, they might as well just embed malicious links into Jointheshop ads. As a result, unsuspecting users could be redirected to dangerous sites, and it could result in malware infection.
Remove Jointheshop right now to prevent this from happening. You should also delete other unwanted applications that might have entered your system in a software package. To ensure that all the potential threats are deleted for good, acquire a licensed antispyware tool.
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