Adware:W32/Agent

Classification

Spyware

Adware

W32

Agent

Summary

This program delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Submit a sample

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Technical Details

This is the family detection for adware programs - software that displays potentially unwanted or undesirable advertisements.

During installation and/or operation, these adwares will typically connect to remote servers to retrieve advertising content to display, or download and install additional components.

Registry

During installation, the following changes to the registry may be made:

Add sub keys or values in:

  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

Sample Key:

  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\

Sample Value:

  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser= ""