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Posted: August 31, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 14,902
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 3,197
First Seen: August 31, 2015
Last Seen: August 24, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

LaSuperba is an adware product that may make changes to your Web browser to load new, potentially unwanted advertising content. While LaSuperba shouldn't be assumed to be a virus or other type of threat, LaSuperba may cause your browser to perform poorly or result in corrupted advertisements being loaded. PC users uninterested in keeping this software should use standard anti-adware products for removing LaSuperba from any Web browser, regardless of the brand.

The Adware Too Proud to See Itself Out

LaSuperba (or, roughly, 'the proud one' when translated from Italian) is a recent adware program malware experts saw being distributed by unorthodox means in the middle of September. While LaSuperba shows few signs of being any more ambitious than past adware, LaSuperba has made a mark for itself by using automatic installation methods. The potential involvement of other threats (such as Trojans installing adware in their payloads) has yet to be confirmed. Poor file-downloading habits currently are the most relevant security hole exploited by LaSuperba.

Symptoms of LaSuperba being installed may include:

  • Your browser may load extra advertisements while you browse other websites (with no relationship between the websites and LaSuperba advertisements' content). Unlike some other forms of adware, LaSuperba may load its advertisements as a graphical layer 'on top' of your Web page, as opposed to injected into the Web page's content. However, this format may load advertisements that block your access to the underlying Web page.
  • LaSuperba also has been noted for hijacking Web-browsing navigation for the purpose of redirecting its users to affiliated advertisement sites. Because the triggers for these hijackings are inconsistent, you may not find your browser redirecting after every interaction with a single link. On a positive note, malware experts have yet to see any signs of LaSuperba abusing this invasive feature for blocking downloads (such as attempts to acquire security software).

Advertisements loaded by the former method should include tags identifying their source as being the LaSuperba add-on, although full-page redirects may not be equally identifiable.

A Superbly Simply Solution to LaSuperba Advertisements

While malware researchers continue exploring the distribution strategies at work for LaSuperba, PC users should continue minding their Web-surfing safety habits. LaSuperba advertisements may be seen on both Microsoft's Edge browser, as well as Chrome, pointing to browser-agnostic strategies of installation that could include LaSuperba being bundled with other products. File downloads that have any chance of including adware or other PC threats always should submit for scans from an appropriate security tool.

LaSuperba advertisements may promote online tactics, fraudulent software patches and similarly threatening Web content. Even without these risks, malware experts never would advise anyone to use browser add-ons that hijack Web links for selfish purposes. As with similarly persistent adware, removing LaSuperba advertisements may require restarting in Safe Mode and, of course, analyzing your PC with a good anti-adware program.