Posted on 11th March, 2015 | Tags : Administrator, AVG, BinkiLand, CutePDF, download, DownULoad, Foxit, Google Chrome, infection, Malware, network, PDF, Revo, search redirect, toolbar, trojan | No Comment
While working on a decent sized network yesterday, one of the users mentioned some nasty little program added into the applications that would not uninstall.
Binkiland Search is the culprit. This is MALWARE and takes over your search function.
Even Revo Uninstaller couldn’t see / remove this pest, so I had to manually extract it from the registry.
The interesting part is that all workstations are locked down with no ability to install applications unless logged in as Administrator – or provided with temporary Admin credentials. Another interesting note is that AVG did not see this thing sliding in the back door.
The user was attempting to install the Google Chrome browser. I suspect the site she chose to download it from was not legit. Our security settings would not allow Chrome to be installed, but somehow BinkiLand bypassed the security. We are investigating this.
Not-So-Cute PDF Writer
One more piece of interesting information: CutePDF Writer contains a Trojan. AVG will NOT allow you to install this thing on your computer. Your clue should be when a vendor redirects your computer to a site named DownULoad to get their software. This product is not free. It is reprehensible that they install this crap along with their product – and piggyback on a toolbar with invasive characteristics.
Foxit makes a free PDF reader that we’ve been recommending for about 10 years. They also have a very affordable writer (lets you make your own PDF documents out of anything you can get your hands on) and it’s malware-free.
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Let’s all be careful what we click on out there, OK?