Adware.Adpeak

Adware.Adpeak Description


Adware.Adpeak is an advertising add-on for Internet Explorer that may be installed as part of the Scorpion Saver program. Since Adware.Adpeak makes changes to your browser, is installed in dubious ways and is unnecessary challenging to remove, malware researchers consider Adware.Adpeak a PUP or Potentially Unwanted Program that should be deleted to keep your Web browser optimized. With Adware.Adpeak’s history of unwanted installation combined with a predilection for being installed along with other PUPs, using anti-adware or anti-malware utilities to conduct a thorough system scan should be the preferable way of handling Adware.Adpeak’s uninstallation.

Hitting the Peak of Browser Advertising Problem


As an add-on specific to Internet Explorer, one might expect Adware.Adpeak to provide useful features similar to those of extensions and plugins for other browsers, but Adware.Adpeak’s actual point is to deliver advertisements to your browser at no benefit to you. Adware.Adpeak may modify Web pages to display these advertisements automatically, occasionally even hosting JavaScript content that is detected as threatening. Whenever you’re dealing with a browser lumbering under the weight of Adware.Adpeak’s injected content, malware experts would recommend being alert to potential advertising network-based attacks.
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Adware.Adpeak may be installed alone, but most cases of Adware.Adpeak installations also have involved the presence of Scorpion Saver, a related browser add-on. Malware experts also have seen other PUPs, adware programs and minor PC threats involved with Adware.Adpeak, including the ividi Toolbar (a browser hijacker for Search.Ividi.org) and a Metacrawler.com hijacker. Not all unwanted programs installed with Adware.Adpeak may show the expected components of a browser add-on, and some may not show any obvious symptoms. Another common factor in most of these cases is the typical presence of general browser error messages that may be caused by triggered security programs or improperly-loaded Adware.Adpeak content.

Climbing Down to Where You Can Control Your Own Web Browser


Since the lofty heights of Adware.Adpeak don’t reveal anything more than a horizon full of advertisements and potential JavaScript errors, malware experts wouldn’t consider Adware.Adpeak to be a good idea in almost any circumstance one could name. However, Adware.Adpeak does have a high chance of being installed with other PUPs and PC threats that should be uninstalled along with Adware.Adpeak. As the simplest way of addressing these scenarios of multiple unwanted programs, using anti-malware software to scan your entire system is a recommended solution.

Even that much of a solution shouldn’t be needed, if you can avoid getting Adware.Adpeak on your PC at all. Adware.Adpeak previously has been seen being installed through fake codec updates, the likes of which often are distributed through unreliable sites and compromised advertisement networks. Updating your software from any source other than an official one always is a potential security issue, and malware experts would never recommend it, regardless of your feelings towards Adware.Adpeak or other advertisement purveyors.

Aliases


Adware.Adpeak (fs) [VIPRE]AdWare.Win32.Adpeak [Ikarus]Adware:Win32/Adpeak [Microsoft]PUP.Optional.Adpeak [Malwarebytes]TROJ_GEN.F47V1112 [TrendMicro-HouseCall]



Adware.Adpeak Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Adware.Adpeak? To safely & quickly detect Adware.Adpeak we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}AppID\AdpeakProxy.exeSoftware\Adpeak, Inc.SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\vxlsnyaiet64SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\vxlsnyaiet64SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\nuttkoqiez64SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rqpbhevlkc64SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vxlsnyaiet64Wow6432Node\AppID\AdpeakProxy.exe
Posted: November 25, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 153,780

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