WindowMix is a rogue mac app appearing without user consent. WindowMix is actually a malware that serves to redirects users to advertisements.
WindowMix is a Browser Hijacker that is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and other popular browsers and claims to be a useful and practical application. However, a lot of web users seem to be confused about its purpose because, most of the time, the program actively displays ads and sponsored content (in the form of banners, pop-ups, redirect links, blinking boxes that are hard to remove, etc.) on the users’ screen and keeps track of the user’s browsing history with the idea to generate customized search results. In addition to the ads disturbance, WindowMix may impose changes on the browser’s homepage or on the main search engine and install some additional toolbars, buttons or shortcuts that automatically page-redirect to specific sites. This is the reason why many people mistake the Browser Hijacker for malware and quickly put its name next to serious computer threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, and Viruses. We need to say that this is not the most dangerous program out there, and its activities are unlikely to cause serious damage to your computer. Yet, it would be a good idea to uninstall WindowMix as soon as possible and here we will give you some good reasons for that:
What is WindowMix?
WindowMix is classified by major AV programs as a browser hijacker malware. Its sole purpose is enforce users into aggressive advertising.
Your web browser is the program used to surf the Internet. It shows all the content you download and uploads the information you send online. In that sense, a program, such as WindowMix, which can modify the settings of your browser, and install additional components to it, or which can redirect you to different web pages, can be rather undesirable. What is more, when the Browser Hijacker integrates with your browser, it may have the ability to:
- Read and change all your data on all sites that you visit;
- Replace the page you see when you open a new tab;
- Read your browsing history;
- Manage your apps, extensions, and appearances;
- Keep track of your browsing history, and the search entries that you type when you use the imposed search engine.
All these activities serve the needs of online advertisers who use programs like WindowMix as tools for their aggressive online marketing campaigns. With the help of those programs, they prompt and redirect the users to visit websites full of sponsored ads, which typically generate pay-per-click revenue. From a legal point of view, such marketing practices are not illegal as long as they do not cause direct harm to the users and their machines. However, as with everything on the Internet, the sites and the web ads that the hijackers may display on the users’ screen, may not always be reliable. Fake and misleading pop-ups, banners and messages circulate the web and may easily sneak inside the stream of regular ads. And if you happen to click on them, you may accidentally get infected with some real virus, a Trojan or a Ransomware infection, which are very hard to remove.
Apart from that risk, it may be tough to tolerate the constant browsing interruptions and it may quickly become too irritating to deal with all the blinking boxes, and redirect messages on your screen, every time you try to search for something. Therefore, we advise you to use the instructions in the removal guide below, and uninstall WindowMix before it gets on your nerves.
Remove WindowMix Virus
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You can find the removal guide here.