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Addonsmash Ads

Posted: December 14, 2016

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 131
First Seen: December 14, 2016
Last Seen: December 17, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Addonsmash ads are plaguing your Web browser? This problem can be quite annoying, and not so tech-savvy users may often have no clue why they see these advertisements on every page they visit. Addonsmash is the name of an online service that offers the authors of browser extensions to monetize their products by injecting Addonsmash's marketing content (ads) in their extensions. This way, every user who installs a browser extension affiliated to Addonsmash will end up seeing the 'the Addonsmash ads' in their Web browser. The bad news is that there's no way to tell for sure whether the appearance of the Addonsmash ads means that you have some suspicious software installed on your computer. These advertisements may be linked with both low-quality and reputable browser extensions so that users who are exposed to the marketing content related to the Addonsmash ads should review their lists of installed browser extensions carefully.

Often, ad-supported browser extensions may not require direct download and installation to affect your Web browser. They may be distributed with the help of low-quality software bundles or other deceptive software distribution techniques that may attempt to trick users into accepting to install unimportant software unknowingly. The best thing to do when you encounter the Addonsmash ads in your Web browser is to think about any extensions that you may have installed recently. If you can't think of any extension whose installation might have brought them to your computer, then you should check your list of installed browser extensions for any entries that may have appeared there without your knowledge. Or, if you don't want to waste time seeking for a needle in a haystack, then you can use an anti-malware software suite to see if it'll come up with any results that may help you pinpoint the exact source of the Addonsmash ads, since it is likely that the extensions linked to these ads will be classified as 'Adware.'