Adware:W32/Xupiter

Classification

Spyware

Adware

W32

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Summary

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

Removal

Automatic action

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  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

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    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

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    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Adware:W32/Xupiter displays various pop-up advertisements, including advertising materials that may be considered inappropriate or offensive adult content. It also functions as a browser and search engine hijacker.

Installation

Xupiter may silently install itself onto a system via an ActiveX drive-by download, when a user whose Microsoft Internet Explorer browser's Security Level settings are not set to High visits the product's official website. Some user also report that the adware is bundled with peer-to-peer file sharing software, Grokster.

The adware is installed on:

  • %ProgramFiles%\Sqwire
  • %ProgramFiles%\xUPITER

Activity

While active, the adware can:

  • Modify the browser's default homepage and searchpage
  • Redirect to third patry search engines, such as browserwise.com, sqwire.com, orbitexplorer.com
  • Display various pop-ups advertisements
  • Cause system crashes