SkyEmoji is supposed to be an application that enables users to insert emoticons into your Skype chats, but it has proved to be potentially more harmful than beneficial. Our research team has classified this questionable application as adware. SkyEmoji does not only display advertisements, but it also hijacks all major browsers. There are several issues with regard to this adware that makes its presence on your computer quite risky. Not knowing about these might raise the vulnerability of your system. Removing SkyEmoji is important in order to restore your previous level of security; however, there may be other related threats on your computer that may require your immediate attention.
SkyEmoji was developed by Montiera Ltd., which is a company known for the creation of adware programs. This adware has an official website at skyemoji.com, where it can be downloaded from. At least, if you do not have an up-to-date security tool installed. If you do, it will stop you in the process of downloading the installer since it detects a potentially unwanted application. That is already suspicious and should make you think again about wanting this application on your computer.
As a matter of fact, most people would not even find this website or hear about this software. So, how does this adware spread then? It uses a questionable method as a means of transportation called software bundling. SkyEmoji has been found in freeware packages together with other malware programs, which may usually include adware programs, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs. These bundles are mostly available on suspicious and unreliable websites that host freeware. If you have downloaded free software recently, it is quite likely that you have a bunch of other infections on your system; unless, of course, you declined their installation in the wizard. In any way, it is advisable to run a full system scan after deleting SkyEmoji to make sure your PC is free of malware.
Once this adware is installed, it hijacks your browsers. Although the official version does ask for your permission to make changes in your browsers to make Yahoo! your home page, but instead it sets only-search.com as your new home page. That is a browser hijacker that may introduce you to potentially dangerous third-party contents. Keeping it on your computer would be rather risky.
SkyEmoji can be accessed by clicking on its icon on the Taskbar. That will display a window full of emoticons. One click on the icon and it gets inserted into your current chat in Skype. Well, if your Skype happens to be a compatible version. Unfortunately, the truth is that this adware keeps showing potentially harmful advertisements, which are a source of revenue for the developers, but you might end up with more problems by clicking on them. Think of this adware as a time bomb. The more ads you click on even by accident, the quicker the timer goes. If you do not want to wait till the “explosion”, you had better delete SkyEmoji right now.
The complete manual removal of SkyEmoji from your computer has two stages. As a first step, you need to uninstall the application via Control Panel. Then, you need to restore your home page settings in all the major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. This may be a bit complicated for inexperienced users. Therefore, we have included instructions to assist you with all the necessary steps. However, going manual is not the only option you have when it comes to tackling security threats. As a matter of fact, you are always better off using a powerful and up-to-date antimalware application. With a single click on a button, you can automatically fix all the problems endangering the health of your operating system.
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