Adware is the name that has been given to any software program that is able to display advertisements on a laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet's screen when the user is connected to the internet.
Clearly, as a form of advertising (for the 21st century) adware has been created with the purpose of getting us end users to spend our salaries on all those consumerable desirables: from holidays to sneakers, and from electronic devices to little black dresses, it's a crowded market place and everything is vying for our attention. But there is another reason for adware's existence and that is to generate revenue for its developer. Of course they can sell their programming services to brands and online stores, but they also use adware as a way to recoup costs for programs or apps they develop that they release to the end user for free, or for a low cost. The adware will be bundled with the original app or program – meaning that once you install this, you will be installing the adware in conjunction with it too.
Capricornus adware characteristics
Once you have installed this adware – along with its host program – you will have also installed a tracking component. This tracking component has the ability to monitor which websites you visit so that the programmer is able to decide what sort of "Ads by Capricornus" adverts they show you – adverts that will match, or closely resemble the products or services that you have recently been browsing. Sometimes ads can be completely irrelevant or what's even worse - misleading and potentially dangerous.
Does this mean that this adware is the same as spyware?
It probably all comes down to how comfortable you are having your browsing habits monitored. Suffice to say, some people are not cool with this at all, while others see adware as a 'necessary evil' if they are to continue enjoying free software.
Of course, one of the big sticking points in the argument is that the Capricornus adware is installed on your PC without your knowledge or permission – so doesn't hat technically make it malware, and therefore spyware? Those that say it doesn't include (obviously) adware developers - their argument is that if you bothered to read the small print – i.e. the EULA - the End User License Agreement – properly you would see that the 'add-on program' is actually mentioned. But is that often-ambiguous wording really enough? Or are we neglecting our duties as responsible computer users if we blithely click through the agreement and then state that we agree with its terms and conditions?
Protecting your computer fro ads by Capricornus?
The best advice we can give is to install a decent anti-malware program – and of course, as touched upon above - always read the End User License Agreement properly so that you know exactly what it is you are installing on your device.
Still getting annoying Capricornus ads?
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 Capricornus" 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 Capricornus related programs from your computer using the Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7). Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8 or 10, 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 Capricornus related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to More Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Capricornus, Extag, 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.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove Capricornus related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools Menu → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Capricornus, Extag, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Capricornus 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.