Companies have to make their money somehow, and offering up partnerships to shady software is one of them. I just caught this from Mozilla's FilZilla and in the past, have noted it when downloading Abobe (of all companies) software.
The other day I downloaded FileZilla and installed it. In the process of installation, I was caught off guard when I said yes to something that I was under the belief was something FileZilla related, but was in fact, saying yes to installing this piece of shit add-on, MySearchDial.
Make no mistake, I am calling MySearchDial an insidious piece of shit application that has installed itself into EVERY SINGLE web browswer in my system.
Unlike legitimate software, where once you uninstall it, it goes away, MySearchDial left as much of itself behind everywhere as it could.
It's called MALWARE by many sites and now I see why. When it first showed up, I thought I had uninstalled it. But apparently not.
The first thing it did was change ALL of my web browsers homepagesto itself. It then changed ALL my default search providers in my browsers to itself and inserted itself as an add-on to my web browsers.
It initially was an easy enough fix, but when I uninstalled it from my system, that DID NOT return my web browswers to their state prior to this PoS add-on.
As noted under Malwaretips.com, always opt for custom installation and deselect things you do not need. Now I know. (It's like when you install Adobe products and you're offered to install a McAfee product. Which by the way, does do scans, but then tells you it's found something and you have to buy it to fix it. Bzzzz. Fail. I'm not sure why Adobe associates itself with them still.)