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AnytimeAstrology is a product of Mindspark Interactive Network, a well-known software publisher whose products are usually browser add-ons that extend the browser’s functionality by providing the user with access to a variety of features and utilities. As the name of this extension suggests, astrology fans will be able to use AnytimeAstrology to get the latest readings for their star signs. While this feature might seem useful, we’d like to remind our readers that this sort of data can be found via a quick Web search, and they don’t have to use a 3rd-party browser add-on to access it necessarily.

The strange thing about AnytimeAstrology is that its installer asks users to provide the extension with rather strange permissions – such as the ability to modify the settings of their Web browser. The installation of AnytimeAstrology may change the behavior of the Web browsers the following way:

  • Google Chrome’s default new tab page will be changed to a search page, which has been branded with the AnytimeAstrology’s name.
  • Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox will have both their new tab and homepage replaced with the aforementioned search page.

Some PC security products detect and remove AnytimeAstrology as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Software that is classified as a PUP is not harmful to your computer and, in fact, often it’s features may turn out to be rather useful. However, you should keep in mind that PUPs may sometimes bring some unwanted side effects to your system’s behavior, and the only way to deal with these consequences is to uninstall the PUP responsible for the issues. In this case, users who don’t want to see the page in their browser might need to uninstall the AnytimeAstrology extension.

This post first appeared on SpywareRemove, please read the originial post: here

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