This program delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.
Depending on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either automatically delete, quarantine or rename the suspect file, or ask you for a desired action.
More information on the scanning and removal options available in your F-Secure product can be found in the Help Center.
You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.
This is the family description for the Adware:W32/Stud family of adware.
Like most adware programs, it displays pop-up advertisements. Members of the Stud adware family also gather data on the web searches made by the user.
During installation, the user is prompted to read and agree to an end user license agreement (EULA) before proceeding with the installation:
Should the user agree and click on "Next", the adware installs a DLL into the %system32% folder, then registers it as a Browser Helper Object (BHO). This means that each time the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser is started, the adware program is also automatically launched.
In addition to displaying pop-up advertisements, Stud adware programs are able to auto-update. To do so, the program must connect with a remote system to download the necessary components/updates. An example of a possible connection is:
Description Created: 2009-03-16 04:52:08.0
Description Last Modified: 2009-04-22 06:16:33.0