The 22Apple add-on promotes the 22Apple.com website by resetting your homepage and default search engine. Because the 22Apple add-on ignores your normal browser settings and tries to avoid being deleted, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers consider 22Apple a potentially unwanted program, and recommend deleting 22Apple with any anti-malware software that you happen to favor. Although a browser hijacker should be considered a security risk, any temporary exposure to 22Apple.com shouldn’t be a significant threat to your PC’s safety – SpywareRemove.com malware researchers haven’t seen any indications of 22Apple.com distributing malware, launching exploitable scripts, promoting harmful websites or trafficking in any other PC threats that would harm your computer.
The Unpleasant Aftertaste of a 22Apple Browser Attack
22Apple attacks usually are based on 22Apple’s unintentional installation through various third parties that bundle 22Apple with their unrelated applications. Once 22Apple is installed, 22Apple makes several changes to your browser – and SpywareRemove.com malware experts stress that these attacks may affect all brands of browsers (instead of being limited to IE, Firefox, etc):
- 22Apple will set your default search engine to 22Apple.com, a search site that borrows all of its search results from Yahoo.
- Your homepage also will be locked to 22Apple.com, forcing 22Apple.com to display whenever your browser launches.
Attempting to change your homepage or search settings to undo these issues will be ignored by 22Apple, which will continue to redirect you to 22Apple.com.
A Virtual Pesticide to Take Care of 22Apple’s Weedy Behavior
Because 22Apple removes your ability to control your browser and may cause other minor system problems (such as taking up too many system resources or modifying your browser’s security settings), SpywareRemove.com malware experts urge you to remove 22Apple as soon as you can. Since 22Apple has a history of resisting normal deletion techniques, you should consider using dedicated anti-malware applications to delete 22Apple.
Avoiding 22Apple should largely be thought of as a matter of avoiding suspicious software installations that may install 22Apple without your permission. In most cases, 22Apple and similar browser hijackers are promoted as optional add-ons, but, in some scenarios, 22Apple may be installed without any warning. Sticking to reputable software-downloading sites can help cut off any possible 22Apple infection points.
Based on its pattern of past attacks, SpywareRemove.com malware experts consider 22Apple compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE and other Windows browsers. However, current 22Apple attacks don’t appear to affect Linux-based operating systems or Mac brands. You may be safe from 22Apple if you’re using an alternative operating system, but similar browser hijackers have been seen attacking these non-Windows OSes, and continuing to practice basic online security is strongly encouraged.
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Posted: February 19, 2013 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 5/10
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