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AdwarePro2Sqr

Updated:
January 4, 2008 5:37:27 PM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
AdwarePro 2007
Publisher:
2Squared
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Behavior
The program must be manually installed.

The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer.





The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the errors.





Installation
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\AdwarePro.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\DataBase.ref
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Log\log_2008_01_04_16_06_44.log
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Log\log_2008_01_04_16_06_45.log
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Settings\CustomScan.stg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Settings\IgnoreList.stg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Settings\ScanInfo.stg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Settings\SelectedFolders.stg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Settings\Settings.stg
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AdwarePro.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AdwarePro\AdwarePro on the Web.url
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AdwarePro\AdwarePro.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AdwarePro\Uninstall AdwarePro.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\AdwareProv7.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\Launcher.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\www.adwarepro[1]
  • %Windìr%\Tasks\'AdwarePro' Scheduled Scan.job

The program may also create temporary files.

It also creates the following folder:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\'AdwarePro'\Registry Backups

Next, the program creates the following registry entries so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"'AdwarePro'" = "%ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\'AdwarePro'.exe - boot"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"'AdwarePro'" = "%ProgramFiles%\AdwarePro\'AdwarePro'.exe - boot"


It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\'AdwarePro'
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\AdwarePro_is1

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