Chrome Browser Alert
There are reports from internet sources and an alert from virus/malware protection vendors at this moment for a fake chrome browser named eFast, it is designed in such away that its difficult to tell if its the real thing or not when your browsing. It will replace your chrome browser completely and should be considered an unwanted program. This browser is named eFast Browser but it looks and acs like chrome, it is in fact based on the source code of chrome.
If this browser is running on your machine and you use it on a daily basis it is possible that it can leak private data to 3rd parties.
This browser often gets installed bundled with free to install software downloaded off the internet.
To check, if you have this browser installed, open the browser and type in chrome://chrome in the navigation bar (where you normally type in website addresses) if it says about eFast instead of google chrome then you must uninstall the fake browser.
Why is this different to all the other malware
Most Malware attacks an already installed application by inserting or changing the code of the real application with something that changes the operation of the real app. This however completely replaces the application with itself. As it is complety the same look as firefox its unlikley that you would notice it has been installed, as its based on the freely available source code that builds the real version of chrome.
How does it do its job
* Uninstalls the real chrome * Tracks and inserts advertisements in all webpages visited * Hijacks your search data * Redirects pages to malicious pages * Associates itself with many .ext files like .jpg .gif etc * Associates iteself with a number of network protocols like ftp news mail etc
When you consider that the browser is used for alot of things, social networking, banking, Cloud apps it is a lucrative business hijacking this data
How do I get rid of it
Use one of these malware tools to remove the malware https://www.emsisoft.co.uk/en/software/cmd/ https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ uninstall the browser from windows.
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