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Category: Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker that is part of the PandaViewer application. The application itself is a potentially unwanted program that may enter your computer accidentally. At the same time, when your browser’s settings get modified without your permission, it can also mean that you have several undesirable programs installed, and those applications can be slowing down your system’s performance. So when you remove from your system, make sure you locate and delete all the other potential threats as well. Should you need any help while protecting your PC from harm, do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below.

The thing with browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs is that users tend to download and install them willingly. Of course, they are seldom aware of the fact they setup unwanted programs on their computers. But it happens because and other similar apps are distributed in software bundles. Those software bundles can be found on file-sharing websites, where users often locate various freeware apps. Unfortunately, users tend to download those freeware apps without any second thoughts, not realizing that the third-party installers carry more than just one application. Thus, they install the likes of on their computers together with some program they wanted to have.

Luckily, is not an extreme computer security threat. In fact, this program is more annoying than dangerous, but that does not mean you can ignore it. After all, with this browser hijacker set as your default homepage, you will not be able to browse the web as you are used to. Although the browser hijacker affects only the Google Chrome web browser, the main third-party installer responsible for setting up this app on your PC can still enter your computer without much difficulty.

So what happens when this browser hijacker and the potentially unwanted program associated with it settles down on your PC? The most worrying feature of this application is the fact that it can collect information about it. PadaViewer’s privacy policy states that “the data we collected from you will be transferred and saved in log files on the web server. The related information includes Internet Protocol (IP) address, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, click stream data, date/time stamp and browser type.” As you can obviously see from this quote, cannot steal your personal information, but it can find out your web browsing patterns. And that can result in multiple commercial advertisements delivered via

Normally, commercial ads would not bother us if they were safe. However, this browser hijacker cannot guarantee that the third-party content in its ads will be safe. Like most of the applications of the same profile, does not review the third-party links that are embedded in its advertising space. This provides a perfect security loop for cyber criminals if they want to make use of this application for malware distribution.

Having these potential risks in mind, you should remove immediately. After manual removal, do not hesitate to scan your PC with a security program that would locate other undesirable applications. Make sure your system is protected against similar intruders, and stay away from unfamiliar sites that could be part of malware distribution network.

How to Remove

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Enter %LocalAppData% into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  4. Find and remove the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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