Posts Tagged: adware


Rogue ads lead to the ‘Free Player’ Win32/Somoto Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)

by

Remember the Win32/Somoto.BetterInstaller Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)? We’ve just intercepted the latest rogue ad-campaign launched by a participant in their affiliate network, potentially exposing socially engineered users to privacy-invading risks without their knowledge. More details:

Continue Reading »

Rogue ads targeting German users lead to Win32/InstallBrain PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

by

German Web users, watch what you install on your PCs! Our sensors just picked up yet another rogue/deceptive ad campaign enticing visitors to install the bogus PC performance enhancing software known as ‘PCPerformer’, which in reality is a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), that tricks users into installing (the Delta Toolbar in particular) on their PCs. More details:

Continue Reading »

Rogue ‘Free Codec Pack’ ads lead to Win32/InstallCore Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)

by

Following last week’s profile of yet another InstallCore Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) campaign, we detected another rogue ad campaign this week. This time enticing E.U based users into downloading and installing a fake “Free Codec Pack”, with the users sacrificing their privacy in the process due to the additional toolbars that will be installed on their PCs. More details:

Continue Reading »

Rogue ‘Free Mozilla Firefox Download’ ads lead to ‘InstallCore’ Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)

by

Our sensors continue detecting rogue ads that expose users to bogus propositions in an attempt to install privacy-invading Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) on their PCs. The most recent campaign consists of a successful brand-jacking abuse of Mozilla’s Firefox browser, supposedly offered for free, while in reality, the rogue download manager entices users into installing multiple rogue toolbars, most commonly known as InstallCore. More details:

Continue Reading »

Some Clarification…

by

Recently Webroot posted a blog about an app called “London Olympics Widget” which was found in a third party market that may need further clarification.  This app is what we consider a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).  PUAs are apps are not considered to be good, nor are they considered malware either.  They are apps that walk a thin line and thus are in a grey area.  The app in question was classified as a PUA because the of the advertisement SDK add-ons it contains.  There are a lot of free apps out there that contain these advertisement SDK add-ons in […]

Continue Reading »

Spamvertised bogus online casino themed emails serving W32/Casonline

by

Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising hundreds of thousands of emails enticing end and corporate users into clicking on links leading to bogus online casinos requiring the installation of an executable file. This is the second bogus casino themed campaign I’ve intercepted in recent months, and the third time when I profile the distribution and infection vectors of W32/Casonline. More details:

Continue Reading »

‘Create a Cartoon of You” ads serving MyWebSearch toolbar

by

On their way to attract new users, adware providers and online marketers often come up with new and creative ideas tailored to average Internet users. These often include free screensavers, browser plugins, toolbars, and that’s just for starters. In this post, we’ll profile the market proposition of one of these online advertisers, previously known as a vendor of adware toolbars, and discuss what has changed over the years. More details:

Continue Reading »

Seen Ad Pop-up’s in Your Mobile Browser Lately?

by

by Armando Orozco Today, one of our Webroot SecureAnywhere for Android users reported seeing ad redirections while browsing on his Android device. As we began investigating, we noticed that there were a lot of other mobile users seeing the same thing – yes, on their iPhones as well! We were also able to reproduce the behavior on our devices. This appears to be a clever Ad redirection using JavaScript. The pop-ups are survey offers for free electronics like iPads and iPhones. The users are asked to complete a survey, at the end of which their email address and phone number […]

Continue Reading »