HomeworkSimplified is a malicious extension that is considered to be a browser hijacker. Designed with the malicious purpose to extort user and generate revenue, Homeworksimplified may seem legitimate and useful as it deceives user to provide significant information relating to school subjects. However HomeworkSimplified is a deceptive application and installs without user consent and modifies browser settings and track user’s internet browsing activity.
An attempt to revert the changes made by the pernicious program is futile as this browser hijacker reassigns the settings. Once infiltrated this malicious infection modifies the browser settings and changes the default search engine, homepage and new tab.
If a user seeks for any search result they are automatically redirected to hp.myway.com. This is a sponsored domain and displays search results as per domain preference. This ruins user online surfing routine as the sites they are redirected to may be malicious and could end up infecting the OS with nasty software program.
The presence of this pernicious app may lead to serious privacy issue or even identity thefts. It is therefore advised to protect the system against such malware intruders and if infested get rid of them as soon as possible.
HomeworkSimplified is a monetized app that is deceitful, malicious and intrusive. The malware targets high school students and bluffs them to assist with their homework on various subjects like math, Science, English etc. However it is better we understand the fact that every positive such free tools offer is surpassed by the negative they enforce.
Following are the threats posed by this pernicious Browser Hijacker:
The malware infiltration poses a threat to user security and privacy. This nasty software program keeps an eye on user browsing activities and gathers their confidential information like banking details. The collected data is used to either exploit user or is sold to third parties.
The malware uses the system resources thus making the system sluggish to perform. With continuous diversion of resources, the system may become unstable and may freeze.
HomeworkSimplified has an official download website. However the malware is also distributed via deceptive techniques like software bundling, spam email attachments, malicious download links, infected storage devices etc.
Software Bundling involves stealth installation along with regular software. Bundled programs are concealed with Custom/ advanced settings. Going for regular settings may lead to inadvertent installation of this rogue malware. Custom/ advanced settings give the user the provision to opt out inessential software.
Downloading spam email attachments without going through email specs may also result in this malware infiltration in the system.
Accidental or Deliberate click on malicious download links may infect the system with this nasty OS infection.
Let us read about the infiltration in detail:
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: Browser Hijacker
Symptoms: Registry modification, customized browser settings, unnatural network activities, occasional sluggishness of the infected device, appearance of annoying ads, download links, pop-ups, torrents, spam messages that may redirect the user to another web page and interrupt their browsing activity
Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.
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