Magala is a new Trojan infection that is indeed a so-called “clicker” that generates false web traffic to promoted sites. This Trojan can be linked to Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc who is mainly responsible for creating bad toolbars, i.e., potentially unwanted programs, including OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar and OnlineMapSearch Toolbar. This malware infection uses such a toolbar featured search website to generate clicks through certain hard-coded search queries. While this may not cause too much threat to you personally and directly, it certainly uses some of your system resources and Internet band width. This Trojan seems to affect only your Internet Explorer browser, so if you use it for web search, you may end up on a possibly modified search results page that can actually pose a threat to your virtual security. We recommend that you remove Magala and the related toolbar as soon as possible not to endanger your computer.
You may not even realize that this Trojan has managed to slither onto your system because it usually happens without your knowledge or conscious permission. As a matter of fact, we have found that it mainly spreads via freeware bundles. Just because you may find MapsGalaxy Toolbar or any other related bad toolbars from the Mindspark family or hp.myway.com as your default search engine, it does not mean that you are necessarily infected with this Trojan. You can download such a bundle easily after you click on a corrupt third-party ad or link while browsing the web. This content could be generated by suspicious websites you are visiting or by adware programs that infected you previously. No wonder why it is important that you try to avoid suspicious websites, clicking on third-party ads, and having infections on your computer. To tackle the latter, we suggest that you run a reliable online malware scanner on your system after you delete Magala from your computer and then, scan your PC regularly to be able to keep it clean.
You can easily infect your system with a malicious package if you try to download free files from shady file-sharing pages, for example. These pages often promote questionable third-party installers that may pack a number of malware infections on top of a possibly legitimate free program. This is how a lot of unsuspecting computer users infect their system with adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, keyloggers, fake alerts as well as potentially unwanted programs. You need to be very cautious with other websites too that promote all kinds of flashy and annoying third-party ads, including gaming, gambling, and porn-related pages mainly. Although it is possible that you can filter out most of the unsafe ads but what about those that do not even look like commercials? What if a third-party ad could pose as a download or navigational button on a page? What if it could be disguised as a system notification? You may click on such content and infect your system right away. The truth is, no matter how this threat ended up on your computer, we suggest that you detect all possibly risky programs related or unrelated and take care of them after you remove Magala.
This Trojan was designed to generate clicks on search results to drive web traffic to certain websites. This alone would not cause any harm to you apart from using some system resources. However, this Trojan installs a potentially unwanted program, i.e., a bad toolbar from Mindspark that could be, for example, MapsGalaxy Toolbar and sets hp.myway.com as your default search provider as we have already mentioned. Then, it can use this search engine to run some pre-programmed searches, such as “phone systems for businesses,” “top injury lawyers,” “auto accident injury attorney,” and “truck accident lawyer texas,” and more. All this, of course, happens behind your back and you will not even realize what is going on. This Trojan automatically clicks on each of the first 10 links on the results page in every 10 seconds.
This search engine may also present to you modified search results on int.search.myway.com, which may include potentially unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links leading to questionable sites. If you click on corrupt content, you may directly drop infections or get redirected to fake websites on new tabs operated by cyber criminals. Landing on malicious pages is always risky because if you do not realize it in time, you may be scammed by crooks. If you do not want to lose your identity, your money, or simply get infected with more malware programs, we recommend that you delete Magala from your PC.
The first step in eliminating this Trojan is to restore your home page setting in your Internet Explorer browser. Then, you need to locate and delete the folder that was created by this Trojan when it installed the bad toolbar. Please follow our instructions below this article if you want to tackle this threat on your own. As we have explained, it is essential that you make sure that no infection or potentially harmful program remains on board if you want to use your computer securely. Therefore, we advise you to consider installing a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter or any other you may find powerful enough for your needs.