MakeMoneyStar is another application that claims to help you “Earn extra cash from your desktop.” We have heard such slogans many times before, and they are a mark of an untrustworthy application. In reality, this application is a mere adware-type program, and we suggest that you remove it because it is quite unreliable. While testing this program, we have discovered that its owners are more than likely to do business with shady entities that might want this program to advertise scam websites or malware. So if you value your computer’s security, then we invite you to read this article and take action against this deceptive adware.
Let us begin our analysis with some background information about this adware. We have found that this application was published by MDMExclusives/MyDailyMoment, a trademark of Flatiron Media Ltd. It becomes obvious that this adware’s claim that it can help you make money is made up when you become aware of the fact that Flatiron Media Ltd has released a number of nearly identical programs in the recent past. Some of its more recent programs are ShopperSaga, SlateBeauty, and BabyBrowse. Nevertheless, it has released dozens of similar applications in the past, and all of them are nothing short of malicious. Furthermore, the methods used to promote and distribute MakeMoneyStar are considered deceptive.
Firstly, we have the dishonest promotional slogan “Earn extra cash from your desktop” that is sure to accompany the ads that ought to catch the attention of Internet surfers. We have found that this slogan is used for promoting MakeMoneyStar via other ad-supported applications that present their ads in the form of banners, coupons, and so on. In addition, the same promotional slogan may appear in the search results of browser hijackers that are also known to promote this application. We do not know the names of the malicious programs that promote it because they change regularly.
Both the adware and browser hijacker link to MakeMoneyStar dedicated distribution website at Makemoneystar.com. This site hosts the standalone installer for this application. However, there is a slight problem because the installer used is called InstallCore. InstallCore is widely used for bundling malicious applications and tricking users into installing them. Going hastily through the installation of this particular program might result in your computer becoming infected with adware or browser hijackers such as Sweet-page.com or install potentially unwanted programs such as MyPcBackUp. These and other applications can cause serious security issues or, in the case of MyPcBackUp, provide a fake service that does not work. So you should identify and uninstall any additional software that comes with MakeMoneyStar.
This program’s advertising campaign and the way it presents advertisements are worthy of a more in-depth analysis. Note that everything stated about this particular adware applies to its clones since they mostly work the same. This program loads its promotional links using two advertising channels. One is its dedicated advertising window that loads websites such as savings-Galleria.com, and Edtag-specials.com, among others. The other channel is Internet Explorer. This adware is set to configure Internet Explorer to open at random and load various promoted websites. Our research has concluded that this application can promote and advertise malicious content that can threaten your computer’s security. Based on this conclusion, we urge you to uninstall MakeMoneyStar to keep it from harm’s way.
We hope that the information we have provided in this article was insightful. Now it is plain to see that this application will not help you make more money, but show you unreliable ads. It will only offer you to spend money on the useless software and made-up services that it promotes. There is also a possibility of your computer becoming infected with more malware which is evident because this program comes bundled with PUPs, adware, and browser hijackers by default. So do not hesitate to remove this program.
Windows Vista and 7