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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:35:59 AM
Type: Adware
Version: n/a
Publisher: n/a
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Smss.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Contacts a Web site to obtain and display advertising links.


Outgoing connections to

  • Existence of the folder, %Windir%\Configsys.


Installed as a component by certain software packages.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 03, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 03, 2003

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

Technical Description

When this adware component is executed, it does the following:

  1. Contacts the domain,, from which, it will receive information on where to download advertisements to display in you Web browser.

  2. Creates a file in the %Windir%\Configsys folder.

Note: %Windir% is a variable. The adware component locates the Windows installation folder (by default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) and copies itself to that location.

This inserted file is a clean text file and contains only the date. This component does not make other modifications on the system.


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.Advision.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

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

2. Scanning for and deleting the files detected as Adware.Advision.
  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.Advision, click Delete.

    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file names. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.