Adware is something that ends up being installed on your PC due to you having downloaded it. Yes, you read that correctly. That's because adware is more often than not bundled with another piece of software. It could be something free, but increasingly adware is coming packaged with paid for programs too. Most adware is bundled with shareware and freeware though so if you download TV programs, music and games there is a chance that you're downloading adware in conjunction with them. Have you spotted the connection: you download a program and then pop up, pop under and banner adverts suddenly start appearing? If you are being constantly redirected to Bluegrate then your computer is almost certainly infected by one of these infections:Win32/AdWare.iBryte.BJ, Win32/InstallCore.BY, Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.I, Win32/BrowseFox.I, Win32/InstallCore.AZ, Win32/ClientConnect.A. It could be just one of these or it could also be a combination for example of iBryte and ClientConnect adware.
Why do people create Bluegrate adware?
It may not come as a huge surprise but software developers are the ones responsible for creating adware and browser hijackers like Bluegrate. That's because they've developed a program or some software that they're giving away for free or for next to nothing. They're not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts and it stands to reason they want to recoup their costs - or hopefully even turn a profit. They attempt to achieve this by creating adware and then bundling it with their original program.
How will I know if I have Bluegrate on my PC?
There actually shouldn't really be any mistaking the fact that you have Bluegrate on your computer other Internet-enabled device. After all, those garish ads and browser redirects are pretty hard to miss. Not convinced you've been infected with adware or whether this is just normal Internet advertising that you're seeing on your screen? Try using one of the many reputable software programs that identify and uninstall it.
The connection between adware and spyware
So let's get down to the crux of the matter. Is there a link between adware and spyware? Well, the truth is that adware is usually disregarded as being an irritant, but a harmless irritant at that. And most of us know how dangerous it can be having spyware installed on our devices. Spyware is definitely a threat to your online security, make no mistake about it, however, you should not be so quick to dismiss adware as a mere nuisance. Increasingly adware is not only bundled with its parent program but spyware is being thrown into the mix too. After all, this is how software developers know how to customize the adverts that are displayed on your screen. Bluegrate does exactly the same thing, it tracks your web browsing activity and then redirects you to certain websites or displays ads.
Tailor-made adverts. Helpful? Maybe. But when you consider that no one really knows what's in the bundle and that spyware logs your key strokes, adware suddenly becomes slightly more sinister, doesn't it?
To remove this virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Bluegrate Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Bluegrate related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Bluegrate related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BrowseFox, ClientConnect, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Bluegrate related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BrowseFox, ClientConnect, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Bluegrate related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.