Mobogenie is a legitimate brand offering applications for Android and PC, and presenting a variety of features and benefits to its users. It is, however, considered a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
What Is Mobogenie?
Here are some of the main features of the application, according to their official website:
- It helps you to download applications quickly and easily, without registration
- Cleans the jungle file (file storage)
- Allows transferring files back and forth between your PC and Android
- Backups your everything – contacts, messages, videos, music, etc.
- Restores your backed up data
- Enables you to send and receive messages on your PC via Mobodenie
- Enables you to manage all your apps with the least effort
Mobogenie seems quite an attractive application and a must-have especially for Android users. Before you rush into downloading it, however, learn about its negatives first, and only then make an informed decision whether to install it.
Why Is Mobogenie Considered a PUP?
Mobogenie is considered a PUP for two reasons: the way it enters your system, and the effect it has on your PC.
You can personally install Mobogenie on your PC from its official website; however it may slip into your system via “bundling.”
Bundling is a popular method used by adware authors to slip PUPs into your system via free programs you download from the Web. This method is legal and is mentioned throughout the installation process of the freeware. You can manually opt-out of the bundling, ensuring you end up only with the program you want on your PC. In order to do that, however, you must carefully pay attention to the installation of the particular freeware instead of automatically clicking on “next” without reading what you are agreeing to. You must then un-check the recommended options and select the “advanced” or “custom” options instead.
Effect on your PC
Regardless of how Mobogenie enters your PC, it will start displaying multiple pop-up ads and sponsored links once installed. In addition to disturbing your online activities, these ads hide a potential threat to your PC because if you click on them, you may be redirected to infected websites.
Mobogenie also has a way of tracking your browsing routine. It may then collect that data and present it to third parties that, in most cases, are advertising agencies.
Should You Remove Mobogenie?
The features of Mobogenie may be quite convenient for you, but to ensure your peace of mind and protect your PC from a potential threat from the Web, it’s best to remove it. You can do that manually or by using a legitimate anti-malware tool.