One of those big money spinners, so beloved by malware practitioners is Crazy Score adware. Of course advertising has always been used to generate revenue – it's how commerce has worked since the dawn of time – way before the days of Mad Men anyway! But adware can be more than just a type of online marketing.
What is Crazy Score?
Many people don't view Crazy Score to be as dangerous as the other types of malware, and while it's true that it is nowhere near as harmful as something like ransomware or a Trojan Horse, it is still something that you should protect yourself against.
At its simplest, Crazy Score is simply a software program that displays adverts (often labeled 'Ads by Crazy Score' or 'Powered by Crazy Score') when you're online. However, it takes a slightly more sinister turn when you realize that the majority of the Crazy score adverts that you are seeing are spookily close to goods or services that you were recently browsing. And that is because this adware software comes with a component that – to put it bluntly – spies on you. The websites that you look at are recorded and the pages that you specifically visit are monitored. The component collates this data and sends it back to the programmer or owner of the adware – so that they know which adverts to display to you.
What's the programmer getting out of all this?
Clearly by showing you adverts that are tailored to your interests increase the chances of you clicking on them. This will drive more web traffic to a site that the programmer may have a vested interest in. Obviously they are hoping that you will be suckered in to making a purchase too.
The other benefit to a programmer is to sell their adware program to businesses and organizations. Normally this profit is used to offset the cost of creating a program or application that the programmer provides to internet users for free.
Should I be concerned about Crazy Score?
Many people see adware as necessary if they want to avail themselves of freeware, even if they know the websites they visit are being tracked. However, many of the programmers who design adware like Crazy Score want to eke as much profit from their program as possible and will sell the data collected on to a third party – and who knows what that could lead to. I suggest you to remove Crazy Score adware from your computer and run a full system scan with anti-malware software. Very often, such programs come packed with spyware and other malicious software. 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
Crazy Score 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 Crazy Score 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:
- Crazy Score
- 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 Crazy Score related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Crazy Score, 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 Crazy Score related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Crazy Score, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Crazy Score 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.