January 7, 2011

ADW_THREAT.C

Adware is software that displays advertising banners on Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla. While not categorized as malware, many users consider adware invasive. Adware programs will display pop-ups on a system which are annoying popup ads and, in some instances, the degradation in either network connection or system performance where they will take over the network on the system. They are bundled with certain free software online as well. They are also often installed in tandem with spyware programs and both programs feed off of each other's functionalities - spyware programs profile users' Internet behavior, while adware programs display targeted ads that correspond to the gathered user profiles.

Pop-Ups of different Ads



This Particular Adware, though not very risky,it will make some registry entry values to enable auto execution at every system start up.
It registers itself as Browser help Object (BHO) to ensure it is executed automatically every time Internet explorer is opened.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{208E7E77-507A-4649-B069-D39E9049C7A2}

 Removal:
Since this is easily caught, we can use some software like Super Anti-Spyware, Malware bytes and House call or any online scanner will detect these adware. You may follow the steps in this removal page over here. Follow the summary from Services part in MS-Config. There are many online scanners offered from diferent companies for free of cost, say CA online scanner. They will detect and remove them effectively as their databases will be up-to-date.

Prevention: 
  • Use Good -Anti Virus with updated Virus Definitions.
  • Enable pop-up blocker and configure its settings to the maximum required level
  • Be Cautious while allowing pop-ups from any third party websites
  • Avoid downloading free softwares that will have additional Adware.

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