1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. AdwarePro


January 2, 2008 10:09:52 AM
Misleading Application
Ad-Ware Pro
Risk Impact:
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP
The program must be manually installed.

When the program is executed, it performs a scan and then reports false or exaggerated risks on the computer.

The program may report the following risks on the computer:
  • Adware Threats
  • Spyware Threats
  • Keyloggers

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

When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ad-Ware Pro\Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Ad-Ware Pro\Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall Ad-Ware Pro.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Ad-Ware Pro.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall\IRIMG1.JPG
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall\IRIMG2.JPG
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall\IRIMG3.JPG
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall\uninstall.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ad-Ware Pro\Uninstall\uninstall.xml
  • %Windìr%\Ad-Ware Pro\uninstall.exe
  • %Windìr%\Ad-Ware Pro Setup Log.txt

Next, the program creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ad-Ware Pro5.2

It also creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"AdwareProMFC" = "C:\Program Files\Ad-Ware Pro\Ad-Ware Pro.exe"
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