iMesh is a file-sharing application similar to Kazaa or Napster. Although iMesh itself is free of malicious functions, many versions of iMesh come bundled with various types of adware. Symptoms of iMesh-related adware include browser hijacks, new desktop icons, strange browser toolbars, browser pop-ups related to what you’re browsing and general system slowdown. Although iMesh adware tends to be merely obnoxious instead of outright destructive, some forms of adware may expose you to directly malicious content from their affiliates. It’s strongly recommended that you remove iMesh and all iMesh-related programs if you want your PC to operate in top form.
The Many Advertising Options iMesh Doesn’t Tell You About
Different versions of iMesh use various types of adware, but some types are noticeably more common than others. If you insist on installing iMesh, you should pay close attention to any offers or agreements during the installation process – iMesh will usually tell you about any bundled adware, although iMesh may not make this information easy to find. Some adware is optional, and some can be opted in or out, depending on which version of iMesh you’re installing.
The major iMesh-related adware culprits include:
- Gator, a product of the Gain Publishing company. Gator will start itself whenever your computer starts, monitor your online activities, and use that information to create relevant pop-up advertisements.
- TopText, an Ezula product that hijacks your web browser. TopText does this by redirecting you whenever you click a link, so that you see TopText-related advertisements and affiliate sites instead of the content the original site was providing links to promote.
- CommonName, a Browser Helper Object that uses your search engine keywords as a starting point to flood you with more ‘relevant’ advertisements.
- Cydoor, a product from Cydoor Desktop Media. Cydoor provides no uninstallation utility and can’t be uninstalled from the Windows installed programs list. Like the other threats listed above, Cydoor is a part of iMesh that’s incorporated solely to deliver unwanted advertisements.
Warding the Adware Invasion Off from iMesh and Your PC
Although the ‘official’ and latest versions of iMesh tend to come with adware like the ones noted above, alternative and older versions that are considered ‘clean’ versions are available, without any bundled adware. Besides adware, iMesh is also known to create a desktop icon linking to Rich Casino, which is non-malicious but may be personally distasteful for some.
Even if you uninstall iMesh, you may not be rid of the most invasive adware. As mentioned earlier, some types of adware will also lack individual deletion options. This leaves anti-malware software as the other practical option for getting rid of iMesh and iMesh-related malware.
Since Gator and other kinds of adware may start when your PC loads Windows, you should make use of an alternate booting mode like Safe Mode. This will let you run any scanners you want to detect and remove iMesh-related threats. High-quality scanners that are completely updated for threats should be able to recognize all of iMesh’s bundled adware without difficulty.
Uninstalling some types of adware, such as CommonName, in an improper or manual fashion may result in other problems. The most common side effect you may experience is loss of Internet connectivity. This can be repaired by changing your system settings back to their original values.