Adware refers to programs that display advertising using any means: pop-ups, banners, changes to the browser home page or search page, etc. The advertisements could be associated with the products or services offered by the creator of the program or by third-parties.
Adware can be installed in a number of ways, on some occasions without users' consent, and either with or without users' knowledge of its function.
DriveCleaner uses the following propagation or distribution methods:
- Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
- It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Multidropper.REY, Multidropper.REZ, Downloader.NIW, Downloader.NMT, DisableKey, Downloader.OEP, Downloader.OES, Downloader.OVL, Downloader.OVO, Downloader.OYI, Downloader.PAP, Downloader.PLA, Downloader.PLN, Downloader.QEA.