Holiday gift-giving is a time honored tradition—and one of our favorite parts of the season. Online shopping can be a great way to save time and money, but shoppers should be wary of malware that seeks to capitalize on frugal shoppers.
We call these kinds of pop-ups “adware”. Adware is a type of software that aims to deliver advertisements to the user. Most adware can be classified as “browser hijackers”—they hijack your request and redirect you for their own purposes. Adware like BeFrugal is particularly nefarious as it nestles itself in your computer’s “scheduled tasks“. This means that your computer will keep deploying the adware again and again. You can think of scheduled tasks as your computer’s alarm clock that can be set to execute a procedure in certain circumstances. Such as, “deploy pop-ups” when Google Chrome opens.
Remember, never click on any part of a pop-up, even—or especially—if it is advertising a discount. Close the whole browser and start again. But if you happen to make that fatal click, be sure to run a FixMeStick scan to keep your computer clean.