Talk to everyone Hello, such as Adaware Secure Search - I’ll tell you what kind of program it is and write everything in simple words. So, I was telling everything. I downloaded uTorrent, well, I just wanted to install this program and that’s it. And I downloaded from the official site.
In general, I downloaded uTorrent, installed, everything is fine .. but .. here in the browser where I downloaded, and this is Chrome, a small window appeared where I was asked to install the Adaware Secure Search extension. Considering that I downloaded uTorrent from the official site, it is unlikely that this extension is an outright virus. And so I decided for the experiment, at my own peril and risk, to click the Install button:
Yes, I understand what I'm going for. And I realize everything .. I reassured myself deep down .. Suddenly a window appeared with the question - Install Adaware Secure Search? The Cancel button was highlighted in blue and very noticeable - but I realized there was no turning back, I need to click Install extension:
As a result, an error occurred:
It’s very strange, maybe they decided to help me from above .. and protect me from the insidious expansion? Without thinking twice, I updated the page in the window .. and clicked Install again, this time the extension has already been installed:
There it was said to click on the icon to activate the extension, and I clicked .. after that .. a new tab opened, there was the Search the web field, but the worst thing was that such a beast lurked behind all this:
In the end, you can make such a simple conclusion: Adaware Secure Search is an extension that puts you your search. For example, I wrote the word hello in the field:
Pressed enter, in the end there are no results, and it says - No result was found:
As you can see, this is just a search engine, which ... well, which in my case simply does not work
How could I get infected?
Ad-Aware Secure Search is available for download on several online platforms. But he does not rely on these sites. The hijacker has other plans. It uses trickery to sneak into your device unnoticed. The parasite lurks behind software packages, fake updates, torrents, and corrupted links. He hides in the shadows and waits for you to make a mistake. This pest parasitizes on your naivety. It only infects your device when you let your guard down. The hijacker needs you users to approve its installation. No permission, no reception. If you are, however, in a hurry, If you donâ € ™ t pay attention to the red flags, you are very likely to set it. Not make his job easier. No anti-virus application can protect you if you act that awkwardly. Only your caution is powerful enough to keep your device safe and infection-free. Beloved € ™ T visit dubious websites, download software only from reliable sources, and forget about the “Next-Next-Finish” installation strategy. If available, use the Advanced / Custom installation. And darling € ™ T miss the terms and conditions. If you do not have enough free time to go through the entire document, check it using the online license agreement analyzer. Stop the installation, if you notice anything suspicious!
Why is this dangerous?
In Ad-Aware Secure Search, the hijacker is complete and absolute evil. This parasite interferes with your all online activity. Whether you enter a search query or watch a video, Itâ € ™ s always there to annoy you. The parasite follows you all over the internet and gives you ads. Each time you click on one, the hijacker gets a salary. The more ads you see, the greater the chance that you select. If you, however, refuse to press, the hijacker gets worse. It increases the number of advertisements and starts redirecting the browser. This invader loads third-party sites in new tabs and windows. Do you feel comfortable knowing that any web page there may appear on your screen? In Ad-Aware Secure Search, the hijacker has no filters. It displays inappropriate content, and traffic is redirected to fraudulent sites. This parasite is very likely to redirect you to phishing, fraud, deceit, and even infected websites. Do not risk it. Return to your web browser control, remove the hijacker as soon as possible! The sooner the occupier left, the better!
Any experiment should satisfy criteria such as purity and reproducibility of the result. Therefore, the methodology has remained unchanged from past tests. Each tested antivirus runs in its own virtual machine - clones of pure Windows 10 Pro (32-bit version 1511, build 10586.164) with all the latest updates. Windows Defender and the SmartScreen filter were disabled, but user account control was not.
Actual threats are taken from the updated Clean MX database. The Edge browser navigates to obviously infected and phishing sites, the list of which is the same for all test participants. After entering each address, we try to load a web page or download a malicious file. Results are logged, and if no infection has occurred, a new test begins. Otherwise, a new (clean) test environment is being prepared.
Even with system cloning and a single list of threats, conditions cannot be completely identical. Tests are carried out sequentially throughout the day - after all, the completion of forty tests and their description takes more than one hour. Therefore, even when synchronizing the update time of anti-virus databases, the latest anti-virus receives some advantage over the first. Just because his cloud scanning service manages to learn to recognize those threats that were unknown a few minutes ago. We will consider this an error and try to take it into account, analyzing the nature of the operation of each antivirus.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +
The famous creation of the Maltese company Lavasoft works in almost all versions of Windows (from XP to 10) with a resolution of 32 or 64 bits. Key components include an antivirus scanner, a real-time protection module, a web filter, and anti-spyware. All files downloaded from the Internet should be checked automatically.
A distinctive feature of Ad-Aware is that this program can be combined with any other antivirus. To do this, check the option "Set as the second line of defense." Then, the real-time protection module will be excluded from the installation process. Let me remind you that it is conflicts of real-time protection modules from different manufacturers that cause serious errors: from a failure when checking files to the inability to load the OS. Antivirus scanners that perform on-demand scans can have as many as they like in the system. In its test virtual Ad-Aware was the only antivirus, and indeed the only third-party program (Autoruns and TCPView in the network folder do not count - this is portable software).
The installation of the antivirus proceeded quite informatively, however, it took a lot of time. From the moment the installer was launched until the first scan started automatically, 17 minutes passed. During each installation phase, dozens of enthusiastic user reviews are shown. Among them, there are even claims that Ad-Aware is superior to any paid antivirus or Internet Security suite. Well, for the duration of the installation, he definitely has no equal. We'll find out the rest soon.
The first test was successful. Anti-Virus automatically detected the dropper trojan and deleted it from the Downloads folder before it was opened. At the same time, the web page containing the Trojan was partially displayed in the browser.
In the second test, Ad-Aware ignored a malicious script, and the browser was redirected to a site with intrusive advertising of eternal values.
In the third test, we tried to download the new Trojan.Downloader. It worked, but Ad-Aware again deleted the malicious file before we tried to run it.
The most interesting was the fourth test. When trying to run a newly downloaded infected executable (self-extracting RAR archive), Ad-Aware reacted like a blind-eyed watchman. He recognized one of the unpacked files as malicious and deleted it from the temporary directory, but the installation of the trojan continued.
After a few seconds, the system was infected. A pseudo-anti-virus was installed in it - its only task was to prevent the removal of other malicious components and adware / crapware, which were loaded into the system in a long queue. Some were installed in the background, and others in a semi-interactive mode.
The fifth test passed like the fourth. Ad-Aware sluggishly cursed at a primitive worm written in AutoIt scripting language, allowing it to take control and stuff the system with all sorts of rubbish. After about a minute, the malware registered for autorun.
The desktop and browser have changed. Dozens of left-handed P2P connections were established, and the hidden download queue in the TCPView window went far beyond the screen. Left active processes were visible even in the task manager.
The most noticeable effect for the user was the appearance of unsolicited programs and intrusive advertising. Ironically, it was the invasion of Adware that the Ad-Aware program did not cope with. It was especially funny to watch how Ad-Aware reports about the “removal” of another threat against the background of spontaneously opening web pages with ads, ads, hentai and other Asian pronouncements. And the browser itself began to look very nice.
In the sixth test, the most typical situation is reproduced. Most often, users become infected by downloading malware under the guise of the necessary programs. The most popular among these bait remains Adobe Flash Player. Under the guise of it, we slipped Ad-Aware a new trojan. This time, the antivirus reacted as it should, deleted the malicious file and reported it. To guarantee, we reproduced the situation again and got the same result.
The seventh test was a failure. The file virus W32.Sality as part of the next crapware was launched and gained control of the system. External changes were expressed in the automatic installation of tons of left-wing programs in Chinese, while the deeper ones affected the system settings. Potentially dangerous services were included, sending an invitation to the remote assistant and the task manager was blocked.
Encryption trojans are doing the most tangible damage right now. One of the new varieties of this ransomware creation was proposed by Ad-Aware in the eighth test, and in the form of a text file. We thought to rename it if necessary to EXE, but the antivirus recognized it even so.
The ninth Ad-Aware test failed. The system was not infected just because Windows 10 does not have built-in support for RAR archives. The infected file downloaded successfully and was not detected as malicious even during manual scanning.
The final, tenth test can be considered partially failed. The developers said that Ad-Aware independently scans all downloaded files, but this did not happen. Probably, he still checks the files by mask, ignoring unknown extensions in Windows. An infected Android application was detected only by manually scanning the APK file.
The result was a modest one: 4 out of 10 tests passed successfully, and the rest failed completely or partially. In a few minutes of surfing the web, Windows 10 was repeatedly infected. Of course, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + recognizes some of the threats, but even it cannot always be removed on time and completely. At the same time, the application turned out to be resource-intensive. After installing and updating the databases, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + takes up 343 MB of disk space. Of these, 165 MB were in anti-virus databases.
I would like to put a separate minus for using intrusive advertising in a tool to combat it. Free programs often offer toolbars, “optimizers” and other crapware, but Lavasoft outperformed the rest of the developers. The web filtering component can only be installed with options from Yahoo! You can refuse them only if you do not install Ad-Aware Web Companion.
Of course, you can first agree and make the advertised search engine the main one in IE11 and Firefox. Let it appear on the start page and all tabs until the first change of settings. We don’t care, because all the tests are done in Edge. Another thing is surprising: the web filter works separately from the Web Protection component, which is available only in paid versions. They will be offered every time when in the settings you click "Install" opposite any inactive component.
Ad-Aware antivirus testing makes it a little sadder that it can perform deferred treatment on reboot. Sometimes this allows you to take revenge if the malicious code still gets control of the system. However, even in the fourth test, the effect was at the placebo level. All removed Ad-Aware components soon reloaded.
Estonian programmer Kardo Kristal offers its Crystal Security antivirus as a regular or portable application for Windows (2003 Server - 10 of any capacity). It is installed almost instantly, and free disk space is reduced by only one and a half megabytes. In fact, only a client application that performs cloud verification is installed on the computer.
In the default settings, cloud antivirus behaves a little paranoid. Soon after the first launch, he began to swear at system components in the obviously clean Windows 10 Pro. Therefore, we decided to check before starting the tests and add system files to the white list so as not to confuse the true and false positive results.
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"I told you how to deal with viruses and promised to tell what else there is for misfortune and how to deal with them. So this is the second article in which I will tell you how to deal with another muck that greatly complicates the life of your computer.
Surely, you have heard more than once about such harmful things as. And if you haven’t heard, then I’ll try to tell you about them, and how to deal with them, because these are malicious programs that can harm you and your computer.
What is Spyware and why should it be cleaned
- it’s something like a virus, but has other goals, principles of operation and code, therefore, as a rule, it is not detected by antiviruses, because in fact it is not a virus, rather it’s something like Software, that is, a regular utility, only now .. Malicious.
As a rule, spyware is engaged in theft of data, passwords, imposing advertisements and add-ons on the interface (there are all kinds of extra panels with buttons in the browser). It is in this sense that the term (Spy (Soft) ware - software) is a spy and corresponds to its literal translation, i.e. spyware software.
They are divided into four varieties (in fact, there are much more, but I combine them into four categories):
- Tracking software - monitoring
- Keyloggers - monitoring and controlling keystrokes
- Screen scraper - taking screenshots from the monitor screen
- The rest are completely undesirable technologies: Adware - Display unnecessary advertising for you, Automatic Download Software - downloading software that you do not need, Remote control software (Backdoors, Botnets, Droneware) - providing "doors" and remote control by a computer, Security analysis software (Hacker Tools) - all sorts of panels and small programs for the browser (and the operating system in general) that you were not going to install, cookies that track your visits to sites, Dialing Software - dialers somewhere on foreign servers, etc., etc.
And how to deal with all this?
That's what this article will discuss in this article :-)
There are many different programs that can find and remove such muck, but as I like to say "Not all software is equally useful" (c) Sonikelf
So, my choice fell on two anti-spyware programs and they are called: Adware and Spybot . Today I will tell you how to use the first of them.
Download, install and configure the program
Why Adware ? Because the program is extremely easy to use, which makes it understandable even to people who are not very communicating with the computer, and at the same time provides a good quality check.
What is the difference from the same Spybot ? The difference is that Spybot much more picky (which the truth is not always good) when checking, has more subtle settings and a number of modules (for example, registry monitoring and immunization).
Download the program (the program is free and works without any restrictions) and proceed:
- Install by running the downloaded file. You don’t need to do anything special during installation - just click all the time "Further "(Next). Before you click"Finish "uncheck a single checkmark.
- We wait . She should have appeared after clicking on the "Finish "at the end of the installation.
- Run the program: "Start - "Programs - LavaSoft - Ad-Aware - Ad-Aware ". click"Close ", and then "OK ".
- We see the following program window:
- Feel free to run the test by clicking on the green circle "Scan system "and wait for the verification to finish.
- At the end of the check may appear. Uncheck there and click OK .
- All, then click on the button "Done "and enjoy the newly cleaned system :-)
In subsequent launches, do not forget to periodically update the program before scanning, by pressing the "Web update ".
Некоторые вендоры сохраняют внешний вид продукта неизменным на протяжении нескольких лет. Это утверждение не касается Lavasoft. Новый Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11 выглядит не так, как предшественники. Компания изменила лицензированный партнерский движок, что, к сожалению, не сказалось положительно на надежности защиты.
Новый привлекательный пользовательский интерфейс,
- уверенная блокировка новейших вредоносных ссылок,
- сканер автоматически добавляет в карантин обнаруженные угрозы, не дожидаясь окончания проверки,
- возможность создания загрузочного диска и запуска сканера в режиме командной строки,
- бесплатная удаленная очистка и восстановление системы в случае необходимости.
Предыдущая версия показала более высокий результат в идентичном тесте блокировки вредоносного ПО.
Разработчики Lavasoft изменили пользовательский интерфейс Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11 , а также используемый антивирусный движок. Тем не менее, продукт стал немного хуже справляться с блокировкой вредоносных программ.
Информация об угрозе
Исполяемый файл: WebCompanion.exe
Тип угрозы: Adware
Затронутые ОС: Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)
Затронутые браузеры: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
Способ заражения Web Companion
устанавливается на ваш компьютер вместе с бесплатными программами. This method can be called "batch installation". Freeware offers you to install additional module (Web Companion). If you do not decline the offer, installation will begin in the background. Web Companion copies its files to a computer. This is usually a WebCompanion.exe file. Sometimes an autoload key is created with the name Web Companion and the value of WebCompanion.exe. You can also find the threat in the list of processes named WebCompanion.exe or Web Companion. a folder called Web Companion is also created in the folders C: Program Files or C: ProgramData. After installation Web Companion starts displaying ads, pop-ups, banners on your PC or in browsers. It is recommended to remove Web Companion immediately. If you have further questions about Web Companion, please. You can use programs to remove Web Companion from your browsers below.
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How to remove Web Companion manually
The problem can be solved manually by deleting files, folders and registry keys belonging to the Web Companion threat. Damaged system files and components can be repaired if you have the installation package for your operating system.
To get rid of Web Companion, you must:
1. Stop the following processes and delete the corresponding files:
A warning: only files with names and paths specified here should be deleted. The system may contain useful files with the same names. We recommend using for a safe solution to the problem.
2. Delete the following malicious folders:
- C: Program Files lavasoft web companion
3. Delete the following malicious registry keys and values:
Value: Ad-Aware Search Companion
Data: C: Program Files Lavasoft Web Companion Application AASearchCompanion.exe
- Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run
Data: C: Program Files Lavasoft Web Companion Application WebCompanion.exe
A warning: if the value of the registry key is indicated, then it is necessary to delete only the value and not touch the key itself. We recommend using for these purposes.
Uninstall Web Companion related programs from Control Panel
We recommend that you examine the list of installed programs and find Web Companion as well as any other suspicious and unfamiliar programs. Below are instructions for various versions of Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If the Web Companion does not uninstall or gives an error that you do not have sufficient rights to uninstall, perform the following actions in Safe mode or Safe mode with loading network drivers or use.
- Click on the menu Start and select Options .
- Click on item System and select Applications and features in the list on the left.
- Find in the list and click on the button Delete beside.
- Confirm by pressing the button Delete in the window that opens, if necessary.
- Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen (in desktop mode).
- In the menu that opens, select Control Panel .
- Click on the link Delete program in section Programs and Features .
- Find other suspicious programs on the list.
- Click button Delete .
- Wait for the uninstall process to complete.
- Click on Start and select Control Panel .
- Select Programs and Features and Delete program .
- In the list of installed programs, find.
- Click on the button Delete .
- Click on Start .
- In the menu, select Control Panel .
- Select Add / Remove Programs .
- Find related programs.
- Click on the button Delete .
Remove Web Companion related extensions from your browsers
In some cases, can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option "Remove Toolbars" in the "Tools" section of the program to remove Web Companion and related add-ons. We also recommend that you perform a full computer scan with Wipersoft and Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove add-ons from your browsers manually, do the following:
- Launch Internet Explorer and click on the gear icon in the upper right corner
- In the dropdown menu select Configure add-ons
- Select tab Toolbars and Extensions .
- Choose or other related adware BHO.
- Press button Disable .
A warning: This instruction only deactivates the add-on. To remove Web Companion completely, use.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- In the address bar enter chrome: // extensions / .
- In the list of installed add-ons, find and click on the basket icon next to it.
- Confirm removal.
- Launch Firefox.
- In the address bar enter about: addons .
- Click on the tab Extensions .
- In the list of installed extensions, find.
- Click button Delete near the extension.
Protect your computer and browsers from infection
Adware threats like Web Companion are very widespread and, unfortunately, many anti-virus programs fail to detect it. To protect against these threats, we recommend that you use it; it has active modules for protecting your computer and browser settings. It does not conflict with any antiviruses and creates an additional layer of protection against threats like Web Companion.
What to do? Use special trojan remover . Today we will look at one of the famous utilities of Swedish developers Adware to find and delete keyloggers and key trojans. In addition, Ad-Aware allows you to clean up suspicious information from the browser and other programs.
Like most programs, you will need to select the installation directory, and also enable the program only for the current or for all users of your PC. If you have a previous version of Ad-Aware installed, you can uninstall it during installation.
The latest version of the program is Ad-Aware SE. There have been many improvements, such as a full-fledged update module, an improved search engine, the ability to block Active-X elements in the browser, and the search for unauthorized startup keys in the registry.
There are 3 main modules in the program: the scanner itself, the Ad-Watch continuous monitoring module and the Webupdate auto-update mechanism. The scanner searches for trojans on selected drives and directories. The Ad-Watch module manages the timely protection of the system. Running in the background, it allows you to block potentially dangerous actions, such as sending mail without the knowledge of the user, trying to establish a connection through the "dangerous" ports, etc. I must say that in the lightweight free version of "Personal" the Ad-Watch module is missing. So for online monitoring you have to buy the "Pro" version.
Like any program that fights against malicious files, Ad-Aware has an auto-update module. However, it is standard for programs of this type, so we will not consider it in detail. Just recall that updates should be made regularly - only then you will be fully protected.
The main window of the program.
The program’s interface is simple: the main functions are placed in the column on the right, and at the top there are buttons for Settings, AutoUpdate (Open Webupdate), viewing files in quarantine (Objects in Quarantine) (more on that below) and the About section (About Ad-Aware).
Information about the program.
When the program starts, the "Status" section immediately opens. In it, we will be kindly told about the version of the database of “Trojans” (“Update File”), the status of the Ad-Watch monitor and the date of the last system scan. If the database of Trojans is out of date, the program will offer to update it.
A new update of the Trojans database has appeared!
Select a scan mode.
Actually, to check, you need to click the "Start" button, after which you should select one of the four scan modes.
- "Perform smart-scan" - for a superficial intellectual inspection of the entire system. We recommend using this type of check in most cases.
- "Full System Scan" - a longer full scan. We recommend that you run it the first time you start Ad-Aware after installation.
- "Selective scanning" - only a permanent, predetermined list of folders with predefined scan parameters is checked. This feature will be useful for frequent checks of "danger zones" - for example, folders with new programs, or a friend’s hard drive, which you connected to your computer for checking.
- “Scan section on ADS” - in this mode, each selected folder will be scanned twice: for the first time, all files that contain at least a hint of malware will be selected, and on the second round, they will be thoroughly scanned for the purpose of pinpointing. This is a very slow mode, it should be run only for a one-time check, for example, when creating a recovery point.
Scan is in progress.
At this time, the files contained in the specified directories, current system processes and registry keys will be checked. At the end, you will be asked to view the full scan report, which will contain information about all the files viewed and the settings of this scan.
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After that, you will be asked what to do with these files: quarantine, delete, or do nothing.
What will we do with the Trojans?
The latter is certainly better. for the trojans. If you put the file in quarantine, then access to it from other programs will be closed, but, unlike deleting, you can restore files if necessary. We believe that it is always better to use this particular mode, and then, after you verify that the system is working normally, delete old files and folders from quarantine. By the way, before performing a deletion or quarantine, do not forget to tick off all detected malicious objects.
Let's go back to the main program window, and pay attention to the "Process-Watch" key.
Ad-Aware Process Manager.
"Process-Watch" is an Ad-Aware process manager. Its work is similar to the standard task manager built into Windows, but there are also differences. In the manager you can see detailed information about the process and save this data to a file.
Using the "Add-ons" button in the main window, you can select additional modules to help you work with the program.
Additional Ad-Aware Modules.
In our opinion, the add-ons LSP Explorer (a module used to debug network applications) and VX2 Cleaner (detection and removal of the VX2 Trojan, which is not always amenable to the standard Ad-Aware removal procedure), can be most useful.
Ad-Watch is already a serious, almost independent software product. This application allows you to control in the background such actions as changing registry keys and the appearance of prohibited programs, cookies and pop-ups (their list can be edited). So your computer will always be protected from malware. Unfortunately, in the free, Custom version of this section is not available.
Ad-Watch module at work.
Ad-Aware is a well-established program that allows you to easily and easily clean everything.
Know about AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH
AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH is defined as an OS threat designed to harm OS operations. An OS threat is a dangerous piece of code that can replicate and spread from one OS to another. The presence of AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH interrupts ongoing OS operations and causes regular interference. This nasty malware can damage or even delete scattered data, including images, audio, video, documents, files stored on your OS. Even worse, it can also ruin your hard drive. Malicious software can be used directly on your OS via the Internet. The important thing is that you cannot detect its presence on the OS. They are disgusting in nature and silently begin their execution.
The disgusting virus is very risky and dangerous and can change the internal settings of the OS.
How to AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH Spread?
AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH silently enters your OS without your permission. As a rule, most viruses are bundled with third-party software to simplify the download and installation of malware. It also spreads through phishing sites, unwanted clicks on suspicious links and ads and pop-ups, visits to dubious sites and porn sites, opening spam e-mails or related attachments. You can also infect your OS when you share your files through a peer-to-peer network. Hackers use some technique to profit online. Installing the plugin, toolbar, add-ons and extensions without knowing it also leads to the installation of AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH.
Harmful effects of AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH
AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH has a negative effect on the system. It infects the system and prevents you from using the OS smoothly. When you open your browser, you can be redirected to other sites or open a new tab, showing you some other sites. It also consumes more memory, and OS resources. AD-AWARE SECURESEARCH disables the security program and the pass-through firewall application prevents it from being detected on the OS. This notorious virus gains full access to the OS. It can allow rogues to access the OS from a remote location. It may transfer important information to third parties. In addition to this, OS performance and speed are gradually decreasing.