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Virus Encyclopedia

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AdwareSheriff

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AdwareSheriff
Technical name:Application/AdwareSheriff
Threat level:Medium
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It scans the computer in search for threats and if it finds any, it entices them into purchasing a certain program in order to delete such threats.

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Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Feb. 23, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 10, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

AdwareSheriff belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.

AdwareSheriff scans the affected computer in search for threats. If found, it warns users of the presence of malware on their systems. In order to delete them, users are requested to register in a website and then, to purchase a certain program.

AdwareSheriff can be automatically downloaded when visiting certain websites, but it can also be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

AdwareSheriff is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.

However, if, when scanning the computer, AdwareSheriff finds any threat, the following image is displayed on screen: