Posted: April 13, 2015
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs 75

RespectSale Description

RespectSale is a Chrome extension that may deliver additional advertising content through the browser, supposedly to improve your Web shopping experience. Because of the invasive degree of its advertising features and tendency to conceal its files, malware experts have classified RespectSale as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Safely deleting RespectSale with specialized anti-adware applications should remove all setting changes responsible for its in-browser advertising although any continuing symptoms may require some additional steps for resetting Chrome.

The Adware with No Respect for Its Audience

RespectSale is an adware product seen only in the Chrome browser, although RespectSale has no presence in the Chrome Web store. So far, malware experts suspect of RespectSale being installed via bundles with other, free applications, although there is limited evidence that other, non-consensual download methods also may be in use. After being introduced to your system, RespectSale may modify Chrome for loading its affiliated content automatically. Some of the most meaningful facets of this process include:

  • Performing Web searches or clicking links in Chrome may cause your browser to redirect to RespectSale affiliated sites, such as interstitial, full-page advertisements.
  • RespectSale may inject its advertising content into your browser's webpages. The most common format for such injected advertisements is static e-coupon images, although malware experts also have seen some cases of RespectSale advertisements injecting video and audio files.
  • RespectSale also may load additional pop-up windows separately from your normal browser window, typically when you navigate to a new webpage.

The quantity of advertising delivered through RespectSale may slow your browser, increase loading times or cause other performance issues, even above and beyond those seen in less-invasive adware. Malware experts also failed to find any controls provided by RespectSale for modifying how its advertisements are loaded or disabling them (without simply removing RespectSale).

Giving RespectSale the Respect It Deserves

Most samples of RespectSale make no provisions for allowing user identification of its files or other components that may conceal themselves with misleading names and a dearth of installed extension entries. RespectSale also may make Registry changes that, if improperly removed, may harm your operating system, and malware experts suggest allowing automated anti-adware programs to delete RespectSale from your browser. Adware removal tools operating with threat databases older than April of 2015 (RespectSale advertisements' first, confirmed distribution date) should be patched so they may use the latest database entries.

Even though RespectSale is a PUP, rather than a threat, RespectSale may show all of the business strategies typical to a browser add-on that places no value on its user's time or safety. Programs that hide themselves from their users and offer limited control over the content they carry may be threatening to your PC. Even in less invasive circumstances, adware extensions may be avenues of toxic advertisements of various types, including common phishing tactics or other kinds of attacks. Browsers other than Chrome are not, as of yet, vulnerable to RespectSale installations.

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