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.
It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:
- In the affected computer:
it displays pop-up windows.
Adsmart accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.
It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:
- It prevents scanning tools from running, such as Windows Registry Editor, FileMonitor, etc.
Adsmart 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: Downloader.JMN, Downloader.JPB, Downloader.JQT, Downloader.JRF, Downloader.KJA, Download.KNM, Downloader.KRT, Downloader.LOL, Downloader.LSA, Downloader.LUW, Downloader.LYB, Download.LZU, Downloader.MUF, Downloader.NET, Downloader.NTE, Downloader.NUX, Downloader.OFM, Downloader.ONQ, Downloader.OQZ, Downloader.OYH, Downloader.PYS, Downloader.QBO, Krotten.P.