It used to be that cyber criminals and the producers of adware like Internet Program would only target websites that were of an arguably questionable nature however, increasingly, these scourges of the Internet are becoming bolder and are now attacking reputable - even big name - websites via drive-by downloads. These unfortunate websites are embedded with iframes created by the adware developer that are primed to act as a conduit for infected content that comes directly from their own website.
The effects of "Internet Program" on your computer can vary from causing it to run slowly, crash often, hound you with pop-up and banner adverts saying "Ads by internet program", and leave you open to further attack due to the vulnerabilities it can cause within your PC's security system. This adware may also display a huge banner on the left site of your computer screen with "Related Searches" by Internet Program. It's basically a list of products and services that adware authors think you may be interested. So, not only it displays ads on your computer but also gathers information about visited websites and recent web searches.
So, how do you prevent "Ads by internet program" ads from becoming the bane of your online life and threatening the very safety of your computer? The good news is that there are a number of things that you can do.
First of all you need to use your judgment when downloading programs. It is bundled with another - usually free - program and the only way you're going to know about it is by reading the License Agreement properly. You also need to pay attention to the check boxes in the agreement as these are often cunningly checked or unchecked to allow the "Internet Program" adware automatic installation.
Another thing to do is to make sure your PC is not able to install programs automatically when you're online. Likewise, you should make sure that your inbox settings don't allow email attachments to open and install themselves without your say so either.
An additional useful tip is to disengage Windows Messenger. This is a prime target for attack by adware and other types of malware. If you do have Messenger open, don't reply or click on links in messages where you don't know the sender and don't accept friend or contact requests from people you don’t know either.
Finally, make sure your computer is up to date with all the latest security patches, as are the programs you have installed on your machine. If you are not running the latest versions they could be creating gaps in your security. And last but not least - install a great anti-malware or anti-virus program on your PC!
To stop annoying ads by internet program, 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
"Ads by internet program" 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 Internet Program 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:
- Internet Program
- 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 Internet Program related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Internet Program, 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 Internet Program related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Internet Program, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Internet Program 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.