Fireball is a Chinese malware, well technically an adware, which has impacted nearly 250 million PCs. Also India is among the worst affected in the list of countries, according to security firm Check Point, which discovered this malware/adware.According to Check Point’s research teams, Fireball can take over a browser on an infected computer and will run any code on these compromised PCs. This includes the ability to download any file, include other malware, and manipulating web traffic of the infected PC in order to boost ad-revenue for websites by the company behind the malware. In its blogpost detailing, how the Fireball malware works, Check Points says the malicious program can even install “plug-ins and additional configurations to boost its advertisements.”Check Point says the malware has been created by Rafotech, ,which is a “large digital marketing agency based in Beijing.” The malware, rather the adware, takes over a victim’s browser and your default search engine, be it Google or Yahoo is replaced by a fake one. Fireball is being bundled along with programs and applications, and as the report says regular users can’t uninstall this kind of malware. Check Point also says the Fireball malware is being installed along with popular freeware products like Soso Desktop, FVP Imageviewer, and others.Fireball malware has a massive impact on India, and in fact ours is the worst hit country on the list. According to Check Point, 20 per cent of corporate networks are infected, which sounds pretty bad. It gets worse from there, with Check Point saying India is the top infected country with 10.1 per cent of the infections, followed by Brazil (9.6 per cent).In Google Chrome, click the menu icon. Then select Tools and Extensions, and remove suspicious add-ons. In Internet Explorer, go on Setting icon, and then select Manage Add-ons. Then remove add-ons, which seem malicious. On Mozilla Firefox, this is part of tools tab, and once again remove any add-ons, which you don’t remember installing. You can also disable malicious plugins from the settings. In Safari, go to select preferences followed by Extensions tab, and then uninstall any suspicious extensions.
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