The Rising Tide of Adware
It should be no surprise to you that there is another new adware program produced by someone and eventually caught by the antivirus program in the Internet age. You can even find some new terms like “malvertising” that have been created to describe such dishonest marketing method online. The number of Internet users is more 3 billion today and it is still increasing. But how many people can recognize the importance of computer security and take adware as a dangerous computer threat seriously? Surely, adware program is not as threatening as other computer threats like Trojan horse, worm or virus, but this cannot be an excuse to ignore and think low of it.
According to a new report from an online security firm G Data Software, the total amount of adware reaches twice as much the number as it got last year. Among various types of computer threats, adware is the one that grows in the highest speed more than once. In the second half of 2014, the percentage of new-found adware is 31.4 percent and now adware becomes the second-most dangerous malware which just behind Trojan horse. Nobody is able to predict there will be such an increase in the infection rate in such a short time. After adware strains have passed the downloader category last year, it is narrowing the gap between it and Trojan. If things go on like this, it may catch up Trojan soon.
The ads makers become more aggressive lately. They may make new tactics with changing conditions in order to gain more profits. The most common way to spread adware is bundle it alongside legitimate applications. About a week ago, there are treacherous links wildly spread through Skype. Adware would be downloaded and installed automatically in a fairly short period of time if you click on those links. Besides, there is another way gets more popular: the owner of apps download sites stuff the download pages with ads that misguide Internet users to believe those pages are safe links for download the apps they want. Sometimes, users may run into a download page scattered with lots of download links. It is so confusing that users will feel very hard to find out which link can give them the desired programs, so most people would choose to click on a most possible link or a random link. However, when download is complete, what they finally get usually is unwanted malware. Such site owners hope to make a good fortune by this trap, while in fact they are corrupting their websites.
Antivirus Software is Still Reliable
Why your antivirus program let those malicious adware go? You can’t blame the fault on your security program. Adware is an application that is programmed to display ads in various forms. Unlike Trojan and other computer virus, it executes as a normal exe file, not carry out any malicious code with it. It is not that easy for anti-malware tools to differentiate legitimate application and malicious advertising since they simply judge them by their programming. What is more, those aggressive ads may take advantage of the vulnerabilities of Adobe, Flash or Java. Any computer could get infected with the adware once the user visits the corrupted websites to watch a video or just click on a floating banner. By the statistics, a new malware type was detected every 3.75 seconds in late 2014, and our security tools need time to update their database.
Name: Rocket Deal
Risk Level: Moderate
Targeting Type of OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Affecting Type of Web browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
Rocket Deal is one of the adware that was discovered in January this year. It is a new member of an extending family of Rocket adware. There are RocketSaler and RocketTab have been found last year and they are all browser add-ons of low quality.
Possible activities of Rocket Deal
- Displaying pop-up windows
- Inserting ads in many forms in web pages
- Blocking the entire browser by countless coupons, ad boxes and pop-ups
- Redirecting you to its website or affiliate sites which are all about commercial ads
- Recording your search terms and browsing history
Usually, it disguises itself with the appearance of browser add-on and an online shopping helper providing attractive services for PC users. It promises to provide you with special discounts, promo codes, online coupons and things like that to save your money while you are trying to order online, but it will not keep its words as you wish.
Here is a complaint about Rocket Deal
Such adware application will not bring you any useful service. It can cause many computer performance issues and make your browsing experience exasperating. It is hard to be uninstalled once it enters your PC. Sometimes even you use the antivirus program to clear it up, but you will see it shows up again after a while. It is suggested that you keep stay away from this adware and do not click on any link on pop-up windows.
Actually it is quite simple to avoid adware as long as you have a good browsing habit when you are online.
To avoid getting Rocket Deal, you should:
1. Make sure your security settings are set and the firewall is on.
2. Update your computer system as long as there is official update available for your system in order to fix bugs.
(You can enable automatic update on system settings, if you do not know how, look at Windows official site:
3. Use secure passwords for your all online account and avoid using the same one or sharing with others.
(A good password should be long enough and as complex as possible. It should not contain your user name, the date of your birth or anything related to your personal information.)
4. Use a reliable antivirus program which can provide real-time protection for your PC and keep it up-to-date.
You should not:
1. Open attachment that sent by strangers. Even if the email comes from your friends or acquaintances, you should check it carefully and make sure it is nothing unusual.
2. Download or install software if you do not know where it comes from originally.
3. Click on link that you are not sure where you are heading to.
4. Click on a pop-up suggesting you download or update some program or requesting you to call a number for technical help for your PC.
(Such pop-ups are common tricks to deliver malware or set financial scam.)
However, if Rocket Deal is already installed on your PC, you can the following steps to remove it:
Step1: Uninstall it from the computer system
Pressb Win+X and open Programs and Features from the menu that presents
Select the programs that you wish to delete and click Uninstall or Uninstall/Change.
Click on the Windows button on the bottom left-hand corner and choose Control Panel
The Control Panel window will appear:
Click on Uninstall a program under Programs
Right click the program related to the adware and choose Uninstall
It may pop up a box asking you to confirm if you really want to remove the program. You should just take a minute to finish this process. At last, you will need to restart your computer in order to make changes take effect.
Step 2 Clear your browsing data
Check the options as the screenshot below and click on Delete
You may need to restart the browser for the changes to take effect.
The older versions of Internet Explorer like IE10/ 9 have similar cleanup methods, but please use the latest version if it is compatible with your PC.
Open Firefox on your computer, click on the menu button and choose Options
Click the link which can clear your recent history under the Privacy tab
In the pop-up windows select Everything for the time range to clear. Put check marks on the following options:
√ Browsing & Download History
You can feel free to choose whether to clear the active logins, if you are not sure what they are and what would happen after clear these data, please refer to What things are included in my history?
At last, click Clear Now and then restart Firefox to apply all the changes.
Click menu on the browser toolbar and select History from the drop-down menu
Click on Clear browsing data on the following page
Remember to select the beginning of time before you clear the data and then check the data that you want to remove and click on Clear browsing data
Close the browser and relaunch it
After you’ve taken this step, you can uninstall this malicious add-on from the browser and reset or reinstall your web browser. If you don’t know about computer or want to fix this problem quickly, you can try to download one of the well-reviewed removal tools from here:
SpyHunter can make a free and thorough scan for your computer and it is 100% safe to use. It excels at detecting spyware, adware and is even able to catch the virus that some other security tools miss. If you are having trouble, why not just give it a shot?
Malwarebytes is the most popular security programs among computer users. It is able to detect and delete the malware on your computer and restore the files destroyed by the computer infections. Its premium version provides users with instant real-time protection, database update and more other helpful services.
The following video offers a complete guide for Rocket Deal adware removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!