eFast – The New Way Malware Could Target Your PC

/ 4 years ago

Chrome imposter

In a departure from most malware and adware, which attack and harass their targets by seizing control of their browsers, new adware “eFast Browser” takes things one step further, instead replacing existing browsers with its own. This browser, when used by the target, opens them up to all the attacks and annoyances of typical adware and malware, from pop-ups and pop-unders, downloads of more malware and tracking of information; all in all a very scary package.

According to reports, when eFast infects a PC, it seeks to deceive the user into believing it is in fact another version of Chrome. By removing the existing installation of Chrome, setting itself as the system’s default browser and associating itself with common file extensions from html to jpeg and url types such as http and ftp; it steps clean into the shoes of the user’s old browser. Completing the deception, it sports an icon very similar to Chrome itself and being built based on the open-source Chromium. With all of this, to a less tech-savvy target, it could easily be too late before they realize things are as wrong as they are.

eFast's icons

These look familiar somehow…

There is a silver lining to this, as the developers of modern browsers can feel assured that their efforts to ensure the security of their browsers has been effective, with it seeming easier to attack by circumventing and replacing the browsers than to attempt to subvert the existing browser.

Are you concerned that this type of attack could become more commonplace and be applied to more software than just your browser, or do you think it will potentially be even easier to resolve than an infected desirable program? I’m just hoping that I won’t be seeing eFast anytime soon when family ask me for PC repairs.

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2 Responses to “eFast – The New Way Malware Could Target Your PC”
  1. Matthew Pierson says:

    Just stop clicking ads on porn and torrent/download sites. Problem solved.

  2. carol argo says:

    I met a pc infected with this . You cannot dis ern at all the false google icon .(it replace the ion )then you click on it to go to the web and bam . You get flooded .you don’t know it yet .because it is subtle even when infected it is gradual . It take about 3 to 5 days but once fully on . It is a nightmare .i couldn’t do anything to fix it. So I ended up installing window 10 on that w7 machine. If you know a trick to move your icon location .(so the hack doesn’t know where it is .do it . Otherwise you will get infected. W10 seems to fix things

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