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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:35:47 AM
Type: Adware
Version: n/a
Publisher: n/a
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Rcsync.exe,Prizesurfer_setup.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Adware.RCPrograms is an adware program that downloads and displays advertisements.


The files are detected as Adware.RCPrograms.


This adware program must be manually installed. However, there are several programs that have Adware.RCPrograms within them and that install it as the program itself is installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 07, 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 25, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 07, 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 26, 2003

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

Adware.RCPrograms is an adware program that displays advertisements. When this adware is executed, it contacts on port 80. Then it keeps open a connection to the server, which downloads and displays advertisements. The advertisements are generally displayed in a small browser window.

When Adware.RCPrograms is executed, it does the following:

  1. Creates the file, C:\Program Files\RCPrograms\Rcsync.exe.

  2. Adds the value:

    "RCSync"="C:\Program Files\RCPrograms\RCSync.exe"

    to the registry key:


    so that the adware runs when you start Windows.

  3. Adds the value:


    to the registry key:



Note: Removing this adware component from the system will likely cause the program that installed it to not function as intended.

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions. Uninstall Adware.RCPrograms using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.RCPrograms.
  3. Delete the values that were added to the registry.

1. Updating the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. Scanning for and deleting the files
  1. Start Norton AntiVirus and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files. For more information, read the document, "How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files."
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as Adware.RCPrograms, click Delete.

3. Deleting the values from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:


  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "RCSync"="C:\Program Files\RCPrograms\RCSync.exe"

  5. Navigate to the key:


  6. In the right pane, delete the value:


  7. Exit the Registry Editor.