The name Sambreel Holdings may not be familiar to you, but chances are you have come across one of their browser add-ons or applications at one point or another. Some of the company's more popular offerings include Buzzdock, Drop Down Deals and the Facebook-oriented PageRage. They have been in the news quite a bit lately, and for all the wrong reasons.
The aforementioned add-ons, along with a few others, have drawn the ire of both big business and everyday Web surfers alike for injecting the company's own advertisements into several of the net's most popular sites. In many cases these ads have either overlaid legitimate offerings, or at the very least forced them to display in less prominent locations. While the aesthetic repercussions here are downright frustrating, they pale in comparison to the financial implications for companies hosting the affected websites.
As if this underhanded practice were not enough to boil the blood of site owners and their visitors, the add-ons themselves rarely deliver as promised from a functionality perspective. They have also been responsible for significant browser performance degradation in some instances, particularly on older machines.
Several advertising exchange platforms have recently taken a stand against Sambreel for distributing what many perceive to be blatant adware, by proactively stifling the company's ads from being displayed. Many users, however, find themselves with one or more of these products on their computers - whether they knowingly installed them or not. Removing all remnants of these add-ons from your PC or Mac can be achieved in just a few short minutes by following our step-by-step tutorials.
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