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‘Adultfriendfinder’ Pop-Ups

Posted: May 18, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 229
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 659,500
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: June 23, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups are symptoms of installed adware or a threat that subverts your browser's settings to promote Adultfriendfinder.com. Although the latter website isn't threatening, its company does have a prolonged history of engaging in suspicious business practices, and the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups may endanger or inconvenience your Web-surfing environment. If repeated 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups appear on websites not intended to load them, your PC could be compromised, and malware experts would advise scanning the machine with a trusted anti-malware or anti-adware product.

The 'Friend' that may Find You

The 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups are classic symptoms of software that includes advertising functions either as a primary purpose (as in adware) or as a secondary function (seen in some browser hijackers and multi-purpose Trojans). Since more than one type of Potentially Unwanted Program may generate the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups, malware experts can't provide a firm list of related software. However, the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups have been occurring since 2009, with that website still benefiting from 'spamvertising' campaigns up to the present day.

Although few people would install adware intentionally, adware related to the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups may bundle themselves with other products or, themselves, exploit non-consensual download methods. Adware programs that generate the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups, typically as separate windows or tabs, also may modify the HTML content of Web pages you're viewing to load additional advertisements (for AdultFriendFinder or other affiliates). The latter function may deprive domain owners of their advertisement revenue by hijacking the advertisement content, interfere with the legibility of the site's format or increase your browser's loading times. The 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups, like any non-consensual advertisement, also include the risk of loading potentially threatening content that could harm your computer.

When judged independently of these issues, the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups may include adult content that could be offensive to some viewers. Malware experts also found adware related to the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups that may fail to abide by standard distribution or software uninstall protocols, making it unnecessarily difficult to remove these advertisements.

Popping the AdultFriendFinder Bubble

The 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups shouldn't be stopped by blocking the AdultFriendFinder.com website or by using advertisement blockers to disable the individual pop-ups. Instead, anti-adware products or other PC security tools should be allowed to scan your PC and identify the software responsible for your 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups. The guilty software may range from a relatively harmless browser add-on to a backdoor Trojan, and may not label its files in ways that allow for their easy identification.

If done properly, removing the software generating your 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups also should remove any signs of the 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups from your Web browser. You can follow similar protocols for removing other, typical in-browser advertisement issues, such as having injected advertisements or dealing with a redirected search engine.

Although malware experts noted Internet Explorer's presence as a particular common element in many 'AdultFriendFinder' pop-ups incidents, other browsers also are vulnerable to adware. No matter what browser you prefer or what OS you use, having safe Web-surfing behavior is a crucial step you should take in keeping pop-ups off of your screen.

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