It’s bad enough that all these binary options promos being released through Clicksure are basically scams that promise huge sums of money but fail to live up to their hype.
Now there’s something else to be very careful about and that is the exposure to computer crime after getting involved with one of these binary options scams.
Today I’m going to lay the beatdown on Binary Boom, a software download that on the surface looked like it was setting itself apart from the other binary options promos.
Binary Boom is Actual Software
As I was researching Binary Boom, I noticed that it was more than just a promo for a binary options broker. They actually had software that you could download and possibly use for trading binary options.
They also didn’t seem to over hype their offer – earning $8 – $8.50 profit per trade on 60 second trades seemed reasonable to me. Letting some software do it? Well that’s another question if you’re talking about successful trading binary options but they did have some sort of live feed (not too sure if it really is live) on the site as proof.
What struck me as unusual though was not the fact that they didn’t require a credit card – all the other promos didn’t require them either. Not collecting email addresses was kinda surprising but I found out later on why this worked for them.
Usually the other binary options promos would collect emails so that they could try to make more money off you by sending you emails to buy the latest scams. Once they had your email address, they could make more money for as long as you stayed a subscriber.
Binary Boom didn’t collect emails because they had another way to try to make money off you. It was also easier to get you to download their software by removing this hoop. Some people just do not like giving out their email addresses.
What Happened When I Downloaded Binary Boom
I didn’t watch too much of the promo video before I downloaded the Binary Boom software. I’m tired of those videos anyway because they just tell lie after lie and make empty promises.
So I went straight for the download and didn’t have any problems installing it.
After installing, they send you to a choice of brokers. One of them was Big Option and the other I can’t really remember.
I didn’t notice much else about the software – I really wasn’t interested so I uninstalled it and scrapped the review that I was going to do on them.
But they weren’t going to escape a beatdown because although I thought I had gotten rid of Binary Boom, the effects of downloading their software were going to stay with me until I found out the real problem.
Here’s what happened to me after I downloaded, installed and uninstalled Binary Boom.
- My main website displayed incorrectly in my browser. I checked it using another browser and same thing. I checked it online using a browser checker and it displayed correctly which meant that visitors were seeing my website correctly displayed. This told me that the problem was on my end – something was wrong with my browser.
- I also noticed that when viewing some other websites that I frequently visited, there were problems with how they were displayed. I thought maybe it was a problem with Firefox but the same thing happened in Chrome.
- Yesterday, I noticed that when I did searches or clicked links, my browser would get hijacked and redirected to other sites, or I would get shown ads at a website called api.recomme.me. I also noticed that when I clicked on links, another tab would open and redirect me to other binary options offers from Clicksure. This is what prompted me to check my computer for malware or viruses.
What’s Going On?
So what really happened is that the Binary Boom team created a software that wasn’t really intended to be used as a helpful trading tool to make you money but instead a trojan to drop unwanted browser hijacking programs onto your computer.
They removed the barrier for downloading – no email address required so that more people will download it. They didn’t need the email address because they were going to use another way to reach you – a nastier way.
Once again, as with all the other binary options promos, the creators of Binary Boom is looking out for their best interest instead of yours. They don’t care if you make money, which you’re probably not going to. They just care that they can find a way to milk you for everything you have.
As of this writing, Binary Boom is the number one program on Clicksure which means that thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of people have downloaded the software and are being affected. Many probably don’t even know they’ve been affected and those that know probably don’t know it was because of Binary Boom.
This is a computer crime and these guys should be stopped. Do not download this nasty malware because it is of no benefit to you.
Removal Instructions if You’ve Already Downloaded Binary Boom
The messed up thing about Binary Boom is that it leaves programs on your computer that do not identify them as the culprits. Once you uninstall Binary Boom, you’ll think that the software is gone but there are things on your computer that will cause the problems that I encountered.
Most of the anti-virus and anti-spyware programs like Norton, McAfee and Avira aren’t going to pick up these infections probably because they’re pretty new so you’re not going to get any alerts or help with removal.
Here are the removal instructions for getting your computer back to normal after downloading Binary Boom.
(1) First uninstall Binary Boom software by going to Control Panel > Programs and selecting it from the list.
(2) Even after you’ve uninstalled Binary Boom, there’s a process running on your computer called adsentinel.exe which you can find though your task manager. To remove this process, you’ll need to find two programs in your Programs list called Network Virtual Bridge and Network Virtual Bridge Updater. These are the two programs that were dropped onto your computer when you downloaded Binary Boom. When removed, they’ll also remove the adsentinel.exe program that is hijacking your browser.
After uninstalling these your computer should function as it did before the infection but there is still another step to completely remove all traces of the program.
(3) Go to your C Drive (Local Disc) > Program Files and find a folder called Network Virtual Bridge named just like the ones you just deleted. This time it’s just one file. Right click and delete it. If it does not delete or you get an error message, you’ll need to first restart your computer and then try deleting it again.
After you’ve deleted this folder, your computer should be completely free of any infection brought to you by the bad guys of Binary Boom.
Stay Away from Binary Options
This should be yet another reason to stay away from binary options trading. Apart from the fact that binary options is not a secure way to make money online (it’s gambling), there are too many binary options scams being released every day usually though the Clicksure network and now you’re at risk of being a victim of computer crimes in the form of malware infections when you download bogus binary options software.