Spring Smart

Spring Smart Description


Spring Smart is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) classified as adware for its primary functions of displaying shopping-related links in your browser, such as coupons and temporary discounts. Spring Smart’s features do have theoretical uses for the savvy online shopper, but malware experts consider the deletion of Spring Smart and other adware to be a good basic security practice for your browser’s sake. In the event of this being necessary, updated anti-adware software always should be used for making sure that deleting Spring Smart really does remove all of its Web browser modifications.

Spring Has Sprung… with Advertisements


Spring Smart is one of a sub-genre of adware programs that market their advertisements as positives for their users. By specializing in advertisements that provide links to shopping deals, Spring Smart hopes that you’ll consider its features sufficiently worthwhile to keep Spring Smart installed, even though its practical effects aren’t that much different from those of any other kind of adware add-on. At this time, Spring Smart’s advertisements are designed in a pop-up banner format that allows you to identify them immediately, and Spring Smart doesn’t attempt to redirect your browser or cause any other major interference.
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Most advertisements provide links to reputable sites, although the accuracy of the deals on offer may be open to question.

The usefulness of Spring Smart’s advertising feature is up to you to judge, but malware researchers usually recommend deleting adware programs that aren’t providing any kind of obvious and tangible advantages. Even though Spring Smart doesn’t display unsafe advertisements deliberately, the fact that Spring Smart injects its advertisements into unrelated sites may cause other issues, such as preventing you from interacting with all of a site’s interface or slowing your browser.

Cycling from Spring Smart to a Summer with No Advertisements


Spring Smart has not been seen involved in attacks that would install Spring Smart separately from any other software, but is likely to be using partnered software bundles to distribute itself to fresh computers. Being perceptive to any offers of browser-assisting add-ons while installing other programs should be considered a basic rule for keeping your PC safe, and malware experts additionally encourage avoiding sites that have a long history of bundling unrelated applications together into single installers.

With the proper precautions, avoiding a PUP like Spring Smart may be easy, but if you do find a need to remove Spring Smart from your computer, appropriate anti-adware tools should be considered as your first resort. However, Spring Smart does have a low detection rate among many major anti-malware brands, and malware researchers suggest that you make sure to update your scanners, if necessary, to combat the possibility of Spring Smart slipping through the net.

Spring Smart Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Spring Smart? To safely & quickly detect Spring Smart 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.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\ Spring Smart\ updateSpringSmart.exe 536
    2 %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fgeapihpgbepllencafcpkfbjlkogfan 206
    3 %PROGRAMFILES%\Spring Smart 203
    4 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Spring Smart 200
    5 chrome-extension_fgeapihpgbepllencafcpkfbjlkogfan_0.localstorage 197
    6 chrome-extension_fgeapihpgbepllencafcpkfbjlkogfan_0.localstorage-journal 194
    7 firefox@springsmart.net.xpi 191
    8 %PROGRAMFILES%\ Spring Smart\ SpringSmartbho.dll 19

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}SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\fgeapihpgbepllencafcpkfbjlkogfanSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateSpringSmart_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateSpringSmart_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{7f232128-6f42-4f37-8efe-2e6020b2d478}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{7F232128-6F42-4F37-8EFE-2E6020B2D478}Software\Spring SmartSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\Extensions\fgeapihpgbepllencafcpkfbjlkogfanSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\updateSpringSmart_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\updateSpringSmart_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{7f232128-6f42-4f37-8efe-2e6020b2d478}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Spring SmartSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Update Spring SmartHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Spring Smart
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {CAC25769-C204-4C2C-B914-2E2AF7544033}{92656265-FD9A-4040-9F88-5F708886EA15}{7f232128-6f42-4f37-8efe-2e6020b2d478}
Posted: November 11, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 24,442

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