InstallCore adware that can generate intrusive ads for generating pay-per-click revenue

InstallCore official website

InstallCore official website

InstallCore[1] is a free application launched by ironSource Ltd. company in 2010. It is promoted as “the leading application installation platform for premium publishers” and allegedly claims to improve users’ browsing experience by speeding up software installation. Unfortunately, it’s yet another intrusive adware and potentially unwanted application (PUA), which may flood web browsers with intrusive commercials, banners, and hyperlinks to gain financial profit from advertising. 

Although initially, it may seem like a useful HTML-based installer for improving the installation of apps, you should know that it is recognized as PUP.Optional.InstallCore or Adware.InstallCore, while most of the reputable security vendors warn people not to trust it due to potentially dangerous ads that it may deliver, as well as possible redirect to phishing sites. On top of that, the application is known for spying on its users with the help of web beacons and tracking cookies. 

Name InstallCore
Launch date 2010
Also known as PUP.Optional.InstallCore or Adware.InstallCore
Classification Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), adware
Symptoms Web browser keeps displaying an excessive amount of popups and banners that are filled with sponsored content. The application may try to reroute your web browser to malware download websites. The web browser may slow down
Danger level Danger level – low. The application is not dangerous, though the content that it brings to its users can expose users to irrelevant or even potentially dangerous content
Removal The adware can be eliminated with anti-malware. That’s a quick solution for those who save time. However, you can also try to get rid of it manually with the tutorial provided at the end of this post
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If you have noticed an increased amount of ads during your web browsing, the culprit of that may be the InstallCore virus.  This installer has been spreading various possibly unwanted components in a bundle with freeware and shareware. Therefore, if you can’t browse the net without seeing random ads everywhere, you should check the system for malware. 

The InstallCore ads are intrusive as they tend to cover the original content of the websites. However, these ads can be linked to suspicious third-party websites that may be primarily used for spreading malware or tricking people into paying for various useless subscriptions. 

InstallCore adware
InstallCore is an advertising platform that earns the money by displaying third-party content on peoples’ web browsers

InstallCore adware
InstallCore is an advertising platform that earns the money by displaying third-party content on peoples’ web browsers

In most of the cases, InstallCore adware is set to collect data related to people’s browsing activity. However, many people go against the disclosure of their email address, PC’s location, IP address, and similar information that can give away their identity. After collecting the required amount of data and sending it to affiliated parties, this application is likely to adapt most of the InstallCore ads according to user’s preferences, thus increasing the number of clicks. 

That’s why security experts agree upon the need to remove InstallCore virus from the machine. If you have recently installed this program on your computer or noticed ads marked by the slogan of this tool, you should double-check your computer with a reputable anti-spyware. 

InstallCore removal will stop intrusive ads and allow you to surf the net uninterrupted. Besides, third parties won’t be capable of spying on your web browsing activities easily. 

Online forums are full of users’ questions on how to uninstall Adware.InstallCore virus

Adware.InstallCore[2] is not a virus. It’s a generic detection name that can be displayed by a professional anti-malware tool if the system contains the InstallCore adware program. Therefore, if the security tool regularly warns you about this detection and you keep seeing ads during web browsing, you should set your security tool to delete the detected malware and associated files. At best, command the AV tool to perform a full system scan. 
InstallCore AV detection
InstallCore is usually detected by updated AV engines as a PUP or PUA
Between the 2014 and 2015 experts were actively criticizing the InstallCore developers and accusing them of targeted attacks over Macs. Many people have reported their machines delivered pop-ups with Adware.Mac.InstallCore.1[3] detection. The adware has been said to have spyware traits and capabilities to disable Mac security software. Nevertheless, InstallCore Mac virus has gone as fast as it emerged. 

PUPs rely on bundling. That’s the easiest way to infiltrate machines without being noticed

Adware, browser hijacker, and other PUPs are spread using bundling. You can easily download this program manually but you should remember that it may also enter your computer in a bundle with download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, etc.

This particular program can be installed manually from its official website. However, most of the downloads are indirect. In other words, people download it without knowing about such a tool at all. After that, it may start displaying targeted advertising material and may be used to collect information about users’ online activity. Besides, it may start bothering you with annoying advertisements and may also initiate other unwanted activities.

InstallCore scheme
InstallCore advertising scheme

InstallCore scheme
InstallCore advertising scheme

You can find this program on your computer after downloading third-party applications, so you should start monitoring the installation of the freeware and opt-out of optional components that are usually added to them. For getting the ability to see what is hiding behind the installer of the freeware, you should read the End User License Agreement (EULA), Privacy Policy, and similar information. Besides, select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware, and then uncheck all checkmarks claimong that you want to install browser-based applications. 

InstallCore ads will be terminated upon adware removal

Technically, InstallCore is not a virus. Practically, most of the users consider it to be a virus due to extremely aggressive advertising processes. The application generates pop-ups, banners, new tab ads, and other forms of advertisements promoting various commercials. 

InstallCore ads illustrated
InstallCore ads can be intrusive and expose people to suspicious third party sites

InstallCore ads illustrated
InstallCore ads can be intrusive and expose people to suspicious third party sites

Alternatively, it may enable push notifications and trigger random web browsers redirects to the websites of its sponsors. Therefore, the only way to clean unwanted content from your web browser is to perform a full InstallCore removal. As we have already pointed out, the easiest way to do that is to run a scan with a professional AV engine. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

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VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. Ransomware is the one that is focused on such functions, so your device gets useless without access to needed data. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for such recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection.