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Posted: September 11, 2012

Alnaddy.com Screenshot 1Alnaddy.com is an Arabic web portal that provides information and media content from diverse locations on the web. While Alnaddy.com's content is, so far, playing by all the expected rules for online safety, SpywareRemove.com malware research team has taken notice of browser hijackers that promote Alnaddy.com through changes to your browser's settings. Adware that promotes Alnaddy.com is still active in the wild, and attacks reported as recently as this month, although concrete distribution points for Alnaddy.com-associated PC threats are still being determined. In the meantime, it's recommended that you use good anti-malware software both to prevent potential Alnaddy.com-related adware infections and to remove any Alnaddy.com-redirecting browser hijackers if they do find their way onto your computer.

The One Drawback to Having Alnaddy.com in Your Browser

Taken as a lone website, Alnaddy.com hasn't been listed as a distributor of PC threats or rated for having poor security, privacy or other traits that are notable for a proper web-browsing experience. However, a secret lies behind Alnaddy.com's Arabic links to famous actors, movies and other general interest topics – the fact that adware is being used, either with or without the consent of Alnaddy.com's web masters, to promote Alnaddy.com as your default homepage.

This promotion manifests in hidden changes to your web browser that lock Alnaddy.com in as your homepage for all browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.). Both victims of Alnaddy.com-related adware infections and SpywareRemove.com own malware analysts have found that simple changes through Control Panel, your browser's interface or even the Registry fail to delete all related components of these browser hijackers. Given the typical difficulty in deleting Alnaddy.com-promoting adware easily, it's recommended that you use anti-malware scanners to clear out any associated PC threats and restore your browser's homepage to its regular, non-Alnaddy.com domain.

Responding to the Rise in Browser Hijacks for Alnaddy.com

Even though Alnaddy.com's content is specialized for Arabic readers, browser hijackers that lock your homepage to Alnaddy.com haven't been found to have any such compunctions, and a significant portion of Alnaddy.com-related browser hijacks appear to be targeting English-speaking web surfers. Since SpywareRemove.com malware experts haven't yet divined the infection points that Alnaddy.com-related browser hijackers are using to install themselves, you should protect your PC with standard safety guidelines, including:

  • Preventing Java and JavaScript from running on suspicious sites.
  • Keeping vulnerable software updated, including your browser, Adobe-brand programs, Java, JavaScript and, of course, your operating system.
  • Avoiding downloads from untrustworthy sources, such as unusual e-mail messages, torrenting networks and disreputable freeware sites.

Circumstantial evidence has caused SpywareRemove.com malware experts to note that Alnaddy.com adware-related infections are most likely installed through either drive-by-download exploits or through hidden installations that are bundled with completely unrelated applications. Having active anti-malware software is your best defense against these heavily-concealed means of infection.

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