Google takes aim at Ad Injectors and their dangers

Do you sometimes see a bar on your computer screen with links to products that may or may not be related to what you are looking up online? If so, your computer may be infected with an ad injector. Computer repair experts are buzzing about Google’s recent study with the University of California Berkeley, which highlights initial findings about the latest Internet menace.

Advice from Springfield Computer Repair Specialists: What You Need to Know about Ad Injectors

Fast Facts about Ad Injectors

  • They can infect all operating systems, like Windows and Mac
  • Google found them in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer
  • Over one-third of Google Chrome extensions had ad injectors with malware
  • Google disabled 192 deceptive Chrome extensions, which affected 14 million users
  • Google is using new techniques to scan Chrome extensions and extension updates to prevent the installation ad injectors

What are Ad Injectors?

Ad injectors are Internet extensions that popup when visit a webpage. Instead of seeing the ad that a website would normally display, if it displays them at all, you see ads that the creators of the ad injector wanted you to see. Some of the ad injectors are simply benign and annoying, while others contain malware.

According to Google, about 5 percent of individuals who visit a Google website have at least one ad injector installed in their computer.

How Did they Get on My Computer?

When you encounter an ad injector, it’s a sign that you have unwanted software in your computer. Sometimes, ad injectors are bundled with legitimate software, similar to Lenovo Superfish incident. Therefore, when you download something from the Internet or install a program, you may inadvertently install the ad injector program onto your computer. Experts at computer repair services state that other forms of ad injectors are malicious, deceptive and difficult to remove.

What You Can Do about Ad Injectors

  • When you see a popup stating that a program detected suspicious activity or that a site contains harmful programs, do not click on anything within the popup. Instead, click on the “back” button at the top of the browser screen or close the Web page. Immediately run a virus and malware scan.
  • Install a reputable popup blocker that works with your Web browser.
  • If you see an ad injector on the screen when you’re online, look for the name of the company that created it (but don’t click on anything within the ads). For example, you see this in the corner, “Ads powered by Mezaa.” Go to your computer’s Control Panel and click on the application that allows you to uninstall or change the programs on your computer. Look for the name of the ad company and uninstall the program.

If your antivirus software doesn’t detect the ad injector program, but you continue to see it, get in touch the Springfield computer repair experts at Rethink Associates as soon as possible. The sooner that you eradicate it, the better your chances are to not falling victim to the intruder. Contact Rethink Associates to learn more.