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Posted: March 11, 2016

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 28
First Seen: March 14, 2016
Last Seen: September 27, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Triangulum is a browser extension that may deliver extra, sponsored content to its users while they browse the Web. Most adware programs like Triangulum aren't adequately classifiable of being threatening, but their advertisements may be sources of security risks and performance problems. PC users who have concrete justifications for using Triangulum should be aware of the risks entailed in its presence, and PC users who have had this adware installed automatically should make use of their anti-adware applications when removing Triangulum.

The Shape of New Advertisements Popping into Your Browser

Although advertising software may operate in a sometimes-questionable area where experts disagree on the level of disclosure required to remain within the bounds of the law, it is agreed universally that software always should provide some form of notification and consent for its installation. Cases where adware sidesteps such consent, such as the Triangulum campaign, may place PC users in danger while reaping profits off of their traffic. The Triangulum adware operates as an extension unique to the Chrome browser, although Triangulum does not promote itself through the Chrome's official app store currently.

Triangulum's installation process may include modifications to your Chrome user experience that allow sponsored content (or advertisements) to inject themselves into unrelated pages, or load in an additional layer over them. Although Triangulum does include proper labeling for its advertisements, Triangulum does not contain UI controls for closing its advertisements or modifying how they load their content. Consequently, PC users with Triangulum have no protection from advertisement-circulated threats, potentially including fake software patches, exploit kits and phishing tactics disguising themselves with the appearances of non-harmful offers.

PC users with limited hardware also may experience other issues from being forced to let Triangulum advertisements load, such as reduced browser responsiveness or increased loading times. All PC users are at risk for Triangulum's advertisements blocking or obscuring the original Web page content that they may be replacing unintentionally.

Triangulating a Resolution to Triangulum Advertisements

Regardless of how much or how little its symptoms may disrupt your Web-browsing experience, Triangulum's risks as adware always should be kept firmly in mind when deciding to delete or use Triangulum. With its distribution model clearly emphasizing the potential profits from its advertisements without paying attention to the legal considerations behind disclosure to the user, Triangulum can best be identified before its installation by file scanners that include detailed databases for adware, browser hijackers, and other browser-based PUPs. Classical, unwanted installers for Triangulum and other adware may include downloads circulated through torrents along with the offerings of some free software warehouses.

PC users that need to guarantee that removing Triangulum takes place in full, with no aftereffects for Chrome, should use similar anti-adware tools for scanning their entire PCs. Some system resources, such as the Registry, may experience modifications that may be difficult or harmful for casual PC users to revert by hand.

For the foreseeable future, Chrome continues being a popular target platform for many aspiring adware developers. Ironically, this phenomenon likely owes its existence in part to that browser's reputation for being safe from Potentially Unwanted Programs like Triangulum.