So what is it? Buzzdock at its most basic form is described as a form of software that is installed on your computer (usually without your knowledge) which then tracks your internet usage by monitoring the websites you visit. It does this so that it can then send you Buzzdock adverts that are related to the pages, products or services that you've been looking at.
Surely that's spying?
Well, yes it certainly could be perceived as an invasion of your privacy, which is why so many people have an issue with adware. But that's not all Buzzdock can be guilty of. When it's in its worst incarnation it will bombard you with annoying pop-up windows which appear out of the blue and refuse to go away. It can also have a real negative effect on your computer's operating speed and slow down both your CPU and your internet connection. This can make programs and websites slow to load and you may even find the web keeps crashing rendering it virtually useless.
How do you know if your computer has Buzzdock adware infection?
Well it is not a shy and retiring type of malware so it is actually pretty easy to tell if your computer has adware on it. These are some of the warning signs:
- Your PC is running a lot slower than it was
- Your internet is also slower and possibly keeps crashing
- You are being driven insane thanks to numerous Buzzdock pop-up adverts
- You have a new toolbar, home page or search engine and your default ones have disappeared
There are steps you can take to guard against this adware, and in actual fact, most of these apply to all types of malware too:
- First of all, never open attachments or click links in emails or instant messages unless you know and trust the sender
- When you download a program or app read the license agreement as adware is often bundled with other software – however it is normally mentioned in the small print.
- Don't download programs from third party websites
- Close Buzzdock adverts by clicking the red 'X' in the corner. Clicking on 'OK' or 'Close' may trigger an installation of further malware
- Install a firewall on your computer as well as pop-up blockers
- And probably most important of all, make sure you have a great anti-adware program running on your computer and keep it bang up to date.
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Buzzdock Ads 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 Buzzdock 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:
- Assist Point
- 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 Buzzdock related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Buzzdock, Assist Point, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Buzzdock related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Buzzdock, Assist Point, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Buzzdock 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.