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Adware ‘eFast Browser’ Discovered by Security Experts

Infosec Specialist Swift on Security of late figured out a novel strand of adware nicknamed "eFast Browser," published by newsfirst.lk on October 19, 2015.

It does the types of malicious work that we've all witnessed all through these years: pitching pop-up and pop-under advertisements on your screen, placing other advertisements into your web pages, thrusting you to websites with are more riddled with malware, and (obviously) following your activities on the Internet so that reprehensible marketers can direct more junk your way.

But what's notoriously interesting about this software is that it is not trying to compromise your-in-use browser, it is in fact trying to replace it.

According to security researchers, eFast makes an attempt to delete Chrome and capture its place, compromising as many file associations and links can be. eFast's logo and window mimics Chrome's and it's bottomed on the open source Chromium plan in the initial stage, hence, it operates a lot like Chrome as well.

The survival of eFast is being considered as a mark of evolution in adware deterrence by many in the IT security society, showing that present countermeasures against invasive adware worked extremely well, adware developers had to disembark to make a different browser to fool Internauts instead of installing them straight into their browsers.

Major props to the Chrome team that it is getting so difficult to compromise Chrome that malware accurately has to _replace it_ to effectively hit," elaborated Swift on Security, published theepochtimes.com, October 19, 2015.

Interestingly, eFast begins from complimentary software bundles that install varied software without the permission of the user. After installation, eFast inflicts advertisements on top of present web pages to third party e-comm websites.

Dissimilar to top known browsers such as Mozilla or Google Chrome that has a led-out privacy policy which promises non-sale of PII (personally identifiable information) to sponsors, eFast does not seem to possess a privacy policy, and eFast trades information it reaps from its users to third-party business houses.

However, if by mere carelessness or chance, you end up catching an eFast kind of virus, uninstalling and cleaning its way on your system must be quite simple.

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