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  3. Adware.Advertbar


February 13, 2007 11:33:42 AM
Adtools, Inc.
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File Names:
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP


Adware.Advertbar is a set of programs, which includes the MessageMates software from Adtools, Inc. These small advertising Windows programs have various characters that display across the screen, such as the animals from Ice Age (2002), the animated movie.

This particular program installs files on the system, as well as a unique identifier in the registry. Upon the closing of the application, this Adware has been known to try and contact remote servers. Adware.Advertbar is detected with various MessageMates and/or ScreenMates software.


The files on the system are detected as Adware.Advertbar.


Adware.Advertbar can be installed from MessageMates, ScreenMates, and Screen Movies.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 2, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 22, 2016 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version May 20, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 23, 2016 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date May 22, 2003
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