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By SecureWorld News Team
Fri | Jul 14, 2017 | 9:59 AM PDT

The threat was uncovered by Kaspersky Labs. 

Graham Cluley explains:

A piece of malware known as the Magala Trojan Clicker generates money by boosting advertisement click counts.

The threat, detected by Kaspersky Lab as Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Magala, fits in with the unloved Ask Toolbar and other such utilities as a type of potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Skirting the line between adware and malware, Magala doesn't affect a user beyond co-opting some of their machine's computing resources. But it does generate advertising revenue dishonestly and to the detriment of small businesses who pay for those advertisements.