by: Jade Ubluu
Incredimail's Dark Secret - Hijacking Malware
When I purchased my latest laptop, it came completely not installed with any type of email client.
In a way that was good, because it allowed me to shop through various options and in the end, I was suckered into Incredimail.
Incredimail, for those who are unaware, comes with cute animated emoticons and email notifiers. I just loved the way a tall dark and hansome cartoon butler would walk onto my computer screen and announce "You have mail Madam."
Eventually, I signed up for the paid service.... and then one day, there was an update to install.
I dutifully installed it.
During the process, it politely asked me if I wanted Incredimail to change my internet home page to Incredimail's "My Start" page.
I clicked "No".
Guess what happened next! Incredimail changed my home page.
Now, that does not seem like a huge deal at first. Annoying to be sure- but not a big deal.
As I have done on several occasions before, I simply went into the requisite settings and changed the home page back to what I wanted it to be.
It would not change.
I had to clear my internet history, change the page, re-boot and guess what? While the first internet browser page my computer goes to is the one I have set, any subsequent tabs I open go to the Incredimail My Start page.
I have sent an angry email to their crack support team, only to find that they have no solution to the problem either. (which, I have to tell you is pretty fishy and only makes me more annoyed with them because they seem to want me to believe it is a simple glitch in the program.)
Research into the problem has revealed that Incredimail seems to load their hijacking malware onto their user's computers with or without their permission. Offers no means of resolving the issue and makes no apologies for it.
My question is this: If they installed their hijacking malware onto my computer, what else have they secretly hidden in my registry files? What are they spying on? What are they tracking?
Incredimail has shown itself to be unworthy of the users it has and should be banished from computers everywhere.