Adware is a type of malicious program set to display undesirable and intrusive advertisements under the guise of a legitimate application. OhMyTabs is one such app, and its official purpose is to offer you compelling content and various deals. However, this is just a nice way of saying that it displays ads, and we suggest that you remove it. After testing this application, we concluded that it is unreliable because its advertisements come from unknown entities. Thus, you may be subjected to malicious content which is obviously not something want or expect. Now let us get into some of the details about this program.
Let us start with its origins first to get some perspective. Unsurprisingly, it comes from an unknown developer that does not disclose its name. This is not a sign of a reliable software developer. Also, we have found that this secretive developer has created similar applications in the past. Our research suggests that OhMyTabs is very similar to programs, such as RRSavings, Scorpion Saver, and Couponarific. We believe that they all come from the same source, and all of them are equally unreliable.
This particular application has a dedicated website at Ohmytabs.com. However, this website is incomplete because it hosts this program’s download, but you cannot get it because the site does not feature a download button. Therefore, this website is not the only dissemination channel used to distribute OhMyTabs. We would like to point out that this program comes bundled with installers that can either let you choose to install it or not and install it automatically without your authorization. In case the installer grants you the ability to opt out, then you have to select advanced installation and uncheck its respective checkbox. In this case, you can prevent this malware from entering your PC, but few people ever choose advanced installation settings, and that is what OhMyTabs’s developers count on. Of course, certain malicious installers might inject this application without your knowledge. No matter how you got this adware, it is paramount that you get rid of it because otherwise this is what you are in for.
Testing has shown that this adware is quite invasive as it can display its promoted links in the form of search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page advertisements. According to its End User License Agreement, this program’s features include “tools and applications for search, text referencing, social media, website ratings and reviews, coupons, and comparison shopping for various products and services, including travel and insurance services, and a variety of e-commerce merchandise.” As you can tell, this program promotes a wide variety of different content. However, we are concerned that not all of this content may be safe. We are particularly concerned with the software that it set to promote because some of it may be of malicious nature. Adware, browser hijackers, spyware, and so on are what you might encounter by clicking OhMyTabs’s ads. Therefore, keeping this application involves a certain amount of risk.
We also want to note that in order to show relevant advertising, this application will collect Internet information usage information that includes, but is not limited to browsing history and demographics, location, and personal interests that include visited websites, and entered search queries. Also, it will collect some system-related information that includes IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, hardware, software, and operating system type, among other things. Given this application’s shady origins, we think that allowing it to collect information about you, although non-personally identifiable, is unacceptable. Therefore, you should get rid of this program.
In conclusion, OhMyTabs is just an adware-type program whose only purpose is to show you unreliable and annoying commercial ads. It goes without saying; this program’s unreliable content can jeopardize your computer’s security, so you should remove it. Testing has shown that uninstalling this program from Control Panel is enough to get rid of it. However, it might leave junk files, so we recommend that you go to its directories and delete them manually. Furthermore, we recommend that you clear your browser’s cache and delete temporary Internet files.
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