Pushstat.com is a dubious web domain that interrupts the browsing sessions, by redirecting users to sponsored web pages to promote the website and hence earn revenue. It is a malicious browser hijacker.
The malware invades the system stealthily without user knowledge and targets prominent web browsers that the users commonly use in order to steal the sensitive data. The motive behind this malicious act is to make profit by selling the collected data to the third parties or extort users.
It continuously asks for the permission from the user to install it and even if the user chooses not to do so, the endless loop of these permissions trap them in selecting the wrong choice!
It wipes the traces and entry points to remain in a hidden state.
Pushstat.com lurks in the background after gaining access to a computer system. The malicious domain initiates pernicious tasks by invading system registries. This enables this nasty system infection to plague browser settings and redirect the browsing sessions to the suspicious pushstat.com website. The redirects may swindle users to install rogue programs or trick them to enter their credentials like username or passwords and register to any kind of hoax service. Often users use same passwords to access other important services like online banking. Hence user’s credentials are exposed without their knowledge and can be used by cyber criminals to exploit them.
Other system details that Pushstat.com shows interest in are:
Pushstat.com monitors user browsing cookies to generate most relevant ads for the users. The ads are intrusive and accidental or deliberate click on those may make your system susceptible to other malware, Spyware or Trojans. The ads displayed by the PUP may also contain the following phrases:
The click on the ads may also lead to unsolicited download of malicious software programs on your system. This may compromise system storage and render it sluggish.
Removing this malicious domain is of utmost importance to avoid any privacy- related issues and protect the system against any hazards.
Programs like Pushstst.com invade the system by bundling their payload with popular third party apps.
Users are often lured to download third party apps available on various websites, forums, P2P networks and sometimes social media channels for free.Pushstat.com is distributed by inserting its payload to the main software program.
The infection code is hidden from the user until they go for Advanced or Custom configuration options and set to install by default.
Following regular steps during the installation may lead to unintentional download of this PUP along with the derided app.
To prevent such side effects, you should always select the Advanced or Custom options presented in the installer. There you may find more information about the presence of additional programs and opt out their installation.
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: PUP, Redirector
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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