If you often download freeware applications from third party websites it is very likely that you have potentially unwanted programs and even adware installed on your computer. Some of those adware applications like Shop-Up, for example, display commercial ads next to web search results. The ads by themselves are not malicious, but they could be rather intrusive and annoying, not to mention that you can never know whether Shop-Up gets exploited by malevolent third party or not. Consequently, users are strongly recommended to remove all the potentially unwanted programs from their computers.
Shop-Up is actually a coupon app, which means that it displays the biggest amount of commercial ads when you visit online shopping malls, for example, Walmart, eBay or Amazon. Shop-Up makes use of tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits, and when the data is processed it generates a custom flow of coupons and other offers, increasing the possibility of you clicking them.
This adware may arrive bundled with freeware applications. That is why it has been mentioned above that you need to be careful about downloading shareware programs from random websites. Once Shop-Up gets installed on your computer, it is installed as an add-on on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers. Usually, you should be able to avoid Shop-Up getting installed, but the problem is that users tend to skip installation steps without even checking additional information on the installation wizard. Hence, there might be a variety of potentially unwanted programs installed on your PC already.
Two main security issues related to Shop-Up include browsing data collection and potential exposure to malicious content via third party ads. Although most of the security issues could be avoided if you only exercise secure internet browsing, you should not take any chances – remove Shop-Up from your computer along with any other additional applications that might have arrived with it. If you do not know which programs need to be removed from your computer, scan the system with SpyHunter free scanner and then invest in a licensed antimalware tool to terminate all the potential threats.
Windows Vista & Windows 7