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Posted: June 2, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 17,613
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 37
First Seen: June 2, 2015
Last Seen: March 28, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Iconomize is a Potentially Unwanted Program that you may view under multiple names, and usually marketed as a desktop shortcut installer. Although Iconomize doesn't include any threatening functions, malware researchers have connected a range of adverse side effects to Iconomize installations, including worsened browser performance. Deleting Iconomize and other PUPs can keep your browser safe from further issues caused by third parties, such as unwanted contact with any Iconomize-affiliated websites.

Iconomize: Making Problems Along with Icons

Almost universally, PUPs or Potentially Unwanted Programs market their primary functions as advantageous to their users, despite providing few, if any, real features. Iconomize's website first was registered in 2008, but malware experts noted complaints about its distribution and installation practices as far from that time as four years later, in 2012. Iconomize software still is in active distribution, despite its age, with the expected installation methods including bundle installers and other, non-consensual download exploits.

Iconomize software, such as its Amazon Icon Installers, provide desktop icon creation and management, which could allow you to link to your favorite sites easily. However, those features are available to users of most OSes by default, and Iconomize also includes the additional, unmarketed 'feature' of hijacking your Web searches. Current versions of Iconomize may redirect their users to Iconomize's personal Facebook page and do so automatically after all Web searches through popular search engines. Some expected misconfigurations of Iconomize also may generate automatic pop-ups for the same Web page once Windows restarts.

Formats of browsers malware experts found affected by Iconomize during their research may include Chrome and Internet Explorer. In some incidents, either of these browsers also has exhibited poor loading times, which may be traceable to Iconomize monitoring your Web activities or its injecting unwanted content (such as advertisements) into your Web pages.

An Economical End to Iconomize

There are very few reasons to allow a third-party program to redirect your browser to websites of its choice, and malware researchers find no compelling reasons to avoid removing Iconomize expediently. Some Iconomize installations, albeit a minority, also may coincide with other, installed PUPs, including Conduit toolbars that offer disadvantages independent from this article's topic. Nonetheless, most anti-malware and anti-adware tools with updated threat definitions should experience few difficulties in identifying or removing any Iconomize-associated software.

Although Iconomize advertises itself as nothing more than a desktop assistant, its assistance is of questionable value for even the most illiterate of PC users. If you're competent enough to download and install a new program, chances are high that you're also experienced enough to create a new desktop shortcut. Acquiring 'help' from a PUP like Iconomize is more likely to harm your Web-browsing experience than it is to improve your desktop experience.

Iconomize still is in active distribution via bundle utilities as of 2015.

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