‘My Email Hub’ is a malicious browser plug-in that hijacks user’s browsers. The pernicious browser extension is created by cyber offenders to take control of all the installed web browsers and infect them by displaying sponsored ads that may be malevolent. The installation of this browser plug-in also ruins user’s browsing experience as their online search results are inaccurate as they are redirected to sponsored web pages to promote affiliated websites. These web domains are malicious and host infectious code. This makes the victimized PC susceptible to many other system infections.
My Email Hub Browser Hijacker lures user to install the free browser plug-in by making false claims of providing one- click access to email accounts right from user New Tab page. The nasty extension prompts user to download and install the plug-in with the promise of not having to type the URL of the email provider again and providing quick access to Gmail, Hotmail, and Outlook and more straight from user’s new tab.
The Malicious extension is powered by Yahoo, a legitimate search engine. Entering a query in the search box redirects uses to search.yahoo.com. Hence users are compelled to use the Yahoo search engine. Attempts to change the url is of no use as the infection is configured to revert the web searches to malicious domain. Even though the site claims to be powered by Yahoo, it is not a good idea to use this search engine as the search results are inaccurate and promote sponsored web pages.
Once installed the pernicious Browser Hijacker proceeds with the execution of the configured in-built sequence. The threat exhibits a similar behavior like its other counterparts say for example MKeeper.exe, and begins the malicious act by modifying browser settings and replacing the user configured extension with its own. This enables the nasty system infection to keep a close watch on user browsing activities and monitor browser cookies, bookmarks, history and any stored passwords. The malicious code is also responsible for changes including redirecting user searches to hacker controlled web pages.
Other threats posed by the noxious system infection include:
Personal Identifiable Data: This includes username, passwords, address, email id, Phone no., and areas of interest of the users that can be used to extort the users or expose their identity.
System configuration information: This includes information about system hardware components, Operating system, system settings of the victimized PC. This info is useful as it helps them optimize the ongoing attack or any other attack in the future.
Cyber miscreants utilize all common distribution tactics to install My Email Hub Browser Hijacker in the system and increase the number of target hosts.
After downloading this malicious plug-in, user browser screen is prompted with an inline notification that seeks for the following permissions from the user:
Users are advised to not to ignore this alert and avoid adding the extension as the installing software seeks unnecessary authorizations from the users.
And if by accident you happen to install this nasty browser extension, then follow the removal guidelines below to remove this pernicious system infection and save your PC from any future hazards.
Name: My Email Hub
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: Browser Hijacker
Symptoms: Homepage, new tab and search engine are replaced with search.yahoo.com domain.
Appearance of sponsored ads and pop-ups
Registry Modification, unnatural network activities and occasional sluggishness of the infected device.
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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