PureLeads Description

PureLeads is a product that claims to provide useful browser protection against phishing attacks and accidental navigation to typo-riddled Web addresses, but also includes many characteristics that force malware researchers to classify PureLeads as adware. As a Potentially Unwanted Program, PureLeads may have some legitimate features, but primarily is meant to load new advertisements and redirect your browser in ways that may not benefit you. By default, removing PureLeads with security software that includes anti-adware features is advised, although PureLeads isn’t categorized as a high-level threat, and shouldn’t put your PC at risk like a typical Trojan.

The Lack of Purity in a Program Claiming to Help Your Web Searches

PureLeads is a product marketed under the noble pretense of providing protection from unintentional visits to websites whose domain names have been marred by typos during the navigation attempt (such as typing ‘Gogle’ instead of ‘Google’). The general information provided at PureLeads.com about the dangers of this form of navigation is, in fact, reasonably legitimate in a broad sense.

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Malware experts often see cases of unsafe domains with addresses suspiciously similar to those of popular sites being used to gather personal information or launch other attacks against their unintentional visitors.

However, PureLeads’s pretense of being helpful for your browser is supported by an underlying foundation of advertising functions. Malware experts often associate adware-based advertisements with unwanted exposure to unsafe Web content, including the same kinds of phishing attacks that PureLeads claims to thwart. This places PureLeads’s users in a ‘one step forwards, one step back’ situation, wherein PureLeads may provide some protection, but at a price that undercuts any benefits the program might have had.

Getting Real Purity out of Your Web-Browsing Searches

Although there’s some sense to be had from using PC security software that protects you from corrupted, copycat websites, PureLeads clearly is far from an ideal solution. Because PureLeads loads advertisements that aren’t able to be disabled, uses suspicious distribution methods that may not need your consent, and requires unusually thorough uninstallation routines, malware experts categorize PureLeads as a Potentially Unwanted Program whose deletion should strongly be considered. Normally, any PC security suites that include reliable anti-adware functions should be capable of deleting PureLeads and the browser changes PureLeads uses to load its advertisements.

Tellingly, the pureleads.com website eschews any direct downloads of PureLeads software. Malware researchers suspect that PureLeads currently is being distributed through bundled installers with other, free programs. Both appropriate anti-malware protection and responsible downloading behavior can provide easy ways to avoid PureLeads bundles and other forms of PUPs that are installed while you overlook the risks involved with untrustworthy download sources.

PureLeads Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with PureLeads? To safely & quickly detect PureLeads 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\plsapp.EXESOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\plsapp.EXESOFTWARE\Dyn\Installed, value: PureLeadsSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PureLeads_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PureLeads_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, value: PureLeads TraySoftware\PureLeadsSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\AppID\plsapp.EXESOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Dyn\Installed, value: PureLeadsSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, value: PureLeads TraySYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PlsvcV1SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PlsvcV2SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\plsappSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PlsvcV1SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PlsvcV2SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\plsappSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PlsvcV1HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}PureLeads
Posted: February 18, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 20,262

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