Etype Description

Etype (also marketed as eType) is a browser add-on that claims to host various typing-related features, such as a spell checker and multilingual capabilities. malware researchers aren’t able to vouch for Etype’s efficacy at these tasks, but they have noted that Etype uses several functions that usually are limited to the domain of adware and/or browser hijackers. Most damningly, Etype promotes itself on the user’s Facebook account automatically in a manner that’s traditionally considered ‘spamming’. As adware with questionable benefits, Etype usually should be deleted without question – unless you’re absolutely certain that you want Etype’s features and are willing to put up with its drawbacks. If you do need to remove Etype, you should use suitable anti-malware programs to make sure that all of Etype’s components and system changes are completely deleted.

When Simple Typing Brings with It So Many Complicated Problems

Etype is marketed as a dictionary, translator and typing ‘auto-complete’ utility that guesses at the words you’re typing and fills in the blanks for you. Accordingly, Etype always is active and will display dialogue balloons and other pop-ups while you type. Unlike most similar programs, Etype isn’t limited to your web browser and also will monitor your typing in instant messengers, Office utilities and similar programs.

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These functions, while suspicious, aren’t inherently dangerous, but malware experts have found some traits of a typical Etype infection that can be considered harmful:
  • Etype may hijack your Facebook account and use it to send self-promotional messages.
  • Etype also may redirect your browser to (a sub-domain of its main website) whenever you try to search the web.
  • Etype will launch automatically and without your permission.
  • Etype may refuse to close or fail to present obvious methods for deactivating/uninstalling its software.

As an indirect result of Etype’s changes, these issues can make your web-browsing less safe than usual. Additionally, Etype may hamper your system performance (since Etype launches automatically and is active-in-memory at all times).

Taking Your Typing Back to the Basics Minus Etype

Unlike common browser hijackers or adware, Etype doesn’t have a history of being distributed with unrelated freeware products – although malware experts emphasize that this doesn’t necessarily make Etype any better than such similar PC threats.

Since Etype isn’t likely to remove all of its system changes and software if you try to delete Etype by normal methods, deleting Etype should use qualified anti-malware programs whenever it’s required. Unlike a rootkit or banking trojan, Etype isn’t an advanced PC threat, and simple scans by quality anti-malware programs should be all that’s required to get Etype out of your typing experiences.

Etype Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Etype? To safely & quickly detect Etype we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Visual & GUI Characteristics

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

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Posted: November 23, 2012 | By
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