Do you know what VKAudio is?
VKAudio is an application that should allow users to listen to the music located in the libraries of the popular social-networking website VKontakte, which is extremely popular in Russia. It seems that VKAudio itself is also targeted at people living in Russia mainly because its entire official website is in Russian only. Many users who have an account on VKontakte believe that the application will be very useful and thus install it on their computers to be able to listen to the music from VKontakte while surfing other websites. We can neither confirm nor deny that VKAudio works as promises; however, our specialists are sure that this piece of software is a typical advertising-supported application (adware). In other words, it is a piece of software that has been developed to distribute commercial advertisements and thus promote particular websites. As it is an adware program, we really doubt that it will act in a very beneficial way, so we suggest eliminating it from the system and then installing another piece of software for listening to the music.
VKAudio does not seem to be a bad program at first glance; however, if you carefully read the text in Russian available in the End User License Agreement, you will notice immediately a line saying that users agree to see advertisements by installing VKAudio on their systems. These advertisements will appear in the form of banners, and you will see them on websites you are browsing that particular moment, for example, you might enter Amazon or eBay and notice a bunch of commercial advertisements. Yes, these websites contain ads originally, but you will quickly understand that some of these ads belong to VKAudio because they will be extremely irritating. To be honest, this ad-supported program should be removed from the system not only because it shows these annoying advertisements. According to our security experts, it is a must to delete VKAudio ASAP because advertisements it shows might take you to unreliable third-party websites containing untrustworthy software. Of course, we do not say that all advertisements are dangerous and can cause redirections to bad websites; however, it is impossible to say which of them are trustworthy and which are not, which means that users might end up on bad websites after a single click on the advertisement promoting malware.VKAudio screenshot
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The ad-supported program that promises to enable you to listen to the music is available for download on its official website vkaudio.ru; however, it might find other ways to sneak onto computers, for example, it might enter systems in bundles with other applications (usually freeware and shareware). As it is targeted at users living in Russia, it is very likely that this extension travels with Russian software. If VKAudio is installed, you will see its main folder mclbjdibcpiohnhgkjkbfbnjcafkhani in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions or %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions (Windows XP). Of course, the VKAudio extension will also be visible if you open the Add-ons Manager. Users should carefully think whether they really want to keep this software installed because, as specialists have recently revealed, this software will be capable of reading and changing data on the websites they visit, so it might really inject ads into websites without permission.
Fortunately, this undesirable program will disappear from your system and you will no longer see commercial advertisements if you remove the OFFLINE Vkontakte Music Player extension. Use the manual removal instructions if do not know how to delete the extension or simply use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. If you use this tool, the undesirable extension will disappear from your system together with other infections in the blink of an eye.
- Open your browser and tap Alt+F.
- Select More Tools and click Extensions.
- Select the extension you wish to remove.
- Click on the recycle bin button.
- Click Remove.
In non-techie terms:
Advertising-supported applications are extremely prevalent on the web these days, and you will definitely encounter any of them again if you do not take care of your system’s safety in advance. Security experts say that you do not need to do much – it will be enough to install reliable security software on the system and your PC will be protected from future harm.