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Can Malicious Software Replace an Entire Browser?

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Malicious programs are becoming more audacious with the types of attacks that they level at computers, laptops, Smartphone devices and tablets.

The latest types of malware are capable of replacing entire browsers. With the increased trust that the users have on the browsers, you would be forgiven for imagining the worst that the authors can exercise. The malware you need to be aware of in this regard is eFast browser.

More Damage than Normal Malware

With this specific malicious software, expect more than what the usual malwares often do. For this reason, it shall go beyond throwing up pop-up as well as pop-under ads on the screen while you are using the computer. The new malware shall go beyond placing other ads on to your web pages. It will go beyond driving you to open other sites where more malwares are available. The new malware will go beyond tracking your online movements or footprint.

Normally, you would expect the malware to try hijacking your current browser. However, with the eFast Browser, the malware will seek to replace your existing browser. It works extra hard to replace Google Chrome and be the new default browser. The malware will not rest until it is able to hijack as many file associations and links as possible. It is easy to think you are on Chrome as eFast Browser mimics not only the icon, but also the window that is common on Google Chrome.

Can’t Tell the Difference

At times, you would have an impossible task trying to deduce whether you are browsing with Chrome or not. This is because of the massive similarity that exists between Chrome and eFast Browser in many respects. Clara Labs is the origin of the malware. The author is also the name behind other similar types of malware. Other malwares that are from Clara Labs include Unico, Tortuga and BoBrowser to mention a few.

The reason that eFast Browser seeks to replace Chrome is that the Google browser has become much harder to hijack or hack. Google Chrome is one of the most secure browsers in the market today. The difficulty associated with trying to hijack or hack Google Chrome has to do with the fact that Google has taken a hard stance where extensions are concerned. All extensions have to come via Google Web Store and satisfy its code review and signing requirements.

It has been easier for such types of malware to enter the computer because of the user’s propensity to install free third-party software from unknown and untrustworthy sources. The malware is great at burrowing itself in the installers that come with free software. Keep the malware out of your machine by reducing your appetite for the free software or by installing software only from trustworthy and original publishers.