This is an advisory / recommendation against a set of software applications that are collectively known as the Baidu PC Faster suite. These applications are known to cause a lot of issues with both enterprise & home users – both in terms of usability & data leak / phishing.


Baidu PC Faster it’s technically not a malware/virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

Please make sure that your Stamford allocated laptop/desktop and/or your personal devices which connect to our WIFI Infrastructure do not contain any of these software and in case you find it installed on your system please contact us immediately at for uninstallation.

If you are using a personal devices on our network, you will need to uninstall it by yourself. However, we can provide you with guidance on the same.

Here’s the list of Baidu products which have to be uninstalled to prevent your potential loss of your personal data / phishing via Baidu:

  • BAIDU PC Faster
  • BAIDU Anti-Virus
  • Hao123
  • 555
  • Spark Browser

We will keep you posted with further updates on this.