When your homepage suddenly changes to home.winterwaldo.com, it is a definite sign that an unwanted program entered your computer. In this case, we are dealing with WinterWaldo, an adware application that can also modify your browser settings. For the most part, this program enters your system to deliver commercial content and make some money out of it. However, in the worst-case scenario, the application could also be exploited by cyber criminals to infect you with malware. Although that kind of turn of events is highly unlikely, you should not take your chances. Remove WinterWaldo today, and avoid other potential security issues.
When we take a look at winterwaldo.com, which is the official website for this application, it might seem that the program offers nothing but good things. Some of the promotional slogans say that WinterWaldo is “Conveniently Located,” and you can “access Winter Waldo’s winter games AND browse the web” the moment you open a new tab. Also, the application is identified as “Instant Fun” because it has no sign ups and no fees. Finally, the program comes with “Handpicked Games,” which include puzzles, action games, dress-up, and others. So, from this, one would think that the application is pure fun and no harm.
However, our main problem with this application is that it usually comes uninvited. This happens because the program cannot be distributed via the pain page (the download button is dead), and so it obviously spreads around in software packages. What’s more, if WinterWaldo really comes bundled with freeware, you install more than just one unwanted application on your computer. Yes, it is exactly the users themselves who end up opening their system’s figurative door for such applications. After all, adware apps are not Trojans, so they cannot enter target systems at will. However, once you install them together with other freeware apps, then you are bound to see some changes.
The first thing that will catch your eye will be the homepage modification. WinterWaldo will also change your search engine and new tab settings. This program uses a custom version of Google to deliver search results, but our security experts do not recommend using this version of Google because the adware app may modify the search results based on the data it has collected about you. Such programs often indulge in online monitoring because they display commercial ads, and they need you to click those ads. What is a faster way to make a user click a commercial ad if not embedding it with targeted content?
Of course, you need to refrain from clicking such commercial advertisements because no good can come of it. For the most part, you will be redirected to third-party websites that will promote various goods or services. Some of them will be rather doubtful. Also, there is a chance that these ads could be embedded with outgoing links to malware-related websites. If you happen to click such an ad, you would be just a step closer to a malicious infection.
You need to nip the problem in the bud by removing WinterWaldo today. If you terminate adware and other unwanted software right now, you definitely avoid more severe security issues in the future.