If you are looking for a way to send SMS messages for free and you are considering installing SMSFromBrowser Toolbar, then you are in for a big surprise, because our researchers have deemed it as a malicious toolbar that you must remove. The application is unreliable for several reasons that will be discussed in greater details throughout this article. In a nutshell, the application is a cluster of links to third-party websites that have nothing to do with this toolbar. It is highly unlikely that the owners of those websites are even aware that they are being promoted for free. However, free sponsorship in not what the developers of SMSFromBrowser Toolbar aim for, because they have their own personal agenda.
Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc is the name of the company that has released this malicious toolbar. It has released multiple malicious toolbars in the past that we strongly recommend that you remove. FreeRadioCast Toolbar, EasyDocMerge Toolbar, and CoolPopularGames Toolbar are just a few most recently released Mindspark toolbars. SMSFromBrowser Toolbar and other Mindspark toolbars are distributed using two methods. The first one is bundling the toolbars with other software and distributing them on freeware distributing websites, such as Cnet.com, and Brothersoft.com. The other one is via a dedicated download website. SMSFromBrowser Toolbar is featured on Smsfrombrowser.com, which only contains the essential advertising slogans, and more importantly the EULA, which we recommend reading even though it is not interesting.
So, you can download the application from its website. But before the installation begins, you will be asked if you want to change your browser’s homepage to Ask.com, but the setup will only ask this for Mozilla Firefox. The setup will change these settings on other browsers automatically without asking, but Google Chrome will offer you to restore the settings, and we very much encourage it. Now, let us discuss what the application looks on the outside.
As per usual the toolbar is a mere cluster to third-party websites. The Send Free SMS messages section contains links to websites that supposedly allow users to send free SMS messages free of charge via their browsers. The second section is just an extension of the first. The third section contains links to Skype, Viber, and Google Voice. In addition to that, there is a section titled “More” which contains all kinds of links as well. All of the websites seem legitimate and do not contain any malicious downloads that can compromise your computer’s security The last section contains links to Talktyper.com, and Ispeaktext.com which automatically types the things you say n a window within the browser. Of course, it has the usual Ask.com main homepage and search engine, which is distributed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. The modified Ask.com search engine and search provider pose a threat to your computer’s security, because it shows modified search results that likely contain links to partner websites of Mindspark. Malicious websites are not filtered out so there is a slight possibility of encountering malicious content that will cause problems to your PC.
Therefore, we recommend that you delete SMSFromBrowser Toolbar from your computer, because using an unreliable search engine and search provider that can promote not so legitimate content is a potential security risk. If you want to keep your computer malware-free then you should remove SMSFromBrowser Toolbar using the step-by-step manual removal guide that we have included below. If you have any questions regarding this or any other malicious application that you need help with, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
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