Attention Facebook users! A new wonderful company that is following the success of the company that infected your computer with SmileyCentral, Webfetti and a myriad of other spyware/adware programs – has introduced new scumware program aimed at Facebook users.
The name of this new scumware? Facemoods. How cute. Facemoods is free but its effects on your computer could be costly – in repair bills as well your privacy.
Like all other scumware programs, Facemoods offers you free emoticons you can use on Facebook. But like with all other sneaky software it installs a mysterious search toolbar which is a search engine and start page hijacker). While the program is ostensibly free, If you uninstall the search toolbar none of the other programs will work. Why? Here’s why.
The search toolbar it installs will hijack your current search engine and inject advertisments in all your searches – regardless of whether you choose to use Google, Bing, Yahoo or any of the other major search engines. That’s bad enough, but the garbage toolbar that this company installs makes the advertisements appear to be legitimate search engine results and places them at the top of your search results making it more likely that you’ll click one of these disguised advertisements.
Not only is this scumbag company’s software ruining your computer – but it’s stealing from those who pay to advertise with them. Since the company gets paid by the click (CPC) they get paid every time you accidently click on one of these disguised advertisements. It’s morally and ethically wrong to you and to the advertiser – yet this company is supported by users who download their “free” scumware. In other words they’re making money from you. They figure if you use their software free then they have the right to steal information from your computer, hijack your start page and your chosen search engine.
But if that’s not enough reason for you to avoid Facemoods – and SmileyCentral and all the other similar garbage – their scumware puts a hit on your computer; it will sap your computer’s RAM and slowdown your computer. And when you install this software (and I really hate to use that term for this junk) on your computer you give them the right to install “upgrades” whenever they are available. What this means is that you’ve given them the right to install any new scumware program they want to install on your computer – disguised as an “upgrade”. As you can imagine, after a time, you’re going to start having problems. It is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back sort of thing.
You can’t get rid of all the junk this program installs by simply going to Control Panel (although they say you can) and removing each program. If you do that you’ll leave behind a lot of pieces of this scumware – possibly including the spy apparatus it installs to track your web browsing and the links you click on.
So Facemoods is another scumware program from yet another of scumware company. The search toolbar it installs will inject all sorts of advertising in your search results disguised as real search results. The toolbar will also use your computer as a billboard displaying random ads in various locations. It will also hijack your preferred search engine and your browser’s start page – and replace them with its search engine and its start page – so they can extract more dollars from you by showing you….MORE ADVERTISING. Advertising based on information this scumware collected from you – and your computer. As long as this scumware is installed you can’t get rid of its tracking features or the injection of ads into your search results and on your computer – and you can’t get away from its spyware attritubes which track you wherever you go on the web. Facemoods is not good for you or for your computer and it could cost you your privacy and even money if you have to pay someone to fix your computer. The longer you leave it on your computer the more likely it is you will start having serious problems with your computer.
“Volonet Is (sic) an Internet Company founded in 2008. We Develop, design, and market http://facemoods.com which is a highly engaging, fun, and viral software that adds rich content to social networks communication channels.” (From their LinkedIn page.)
Don’t fall for Facemoods – no matter how “cute” you think they are. Facemoods is bad, bad medicine – don’t let yourself be tricked into downloading it or any of the other scumware that promises you everything for nothing. It’s free only if you’re willing to risk your personal privacy and the performance of your computer.