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Adware Generic_r.UJ

Posted: November 6, 2014

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 258
First Seen: November 6, 2014
Last Seen: July 7, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Generic_r.UJ is a heuristic detection for adware and other Potentially Unwanted Programs that may harm the performance or safety of your browser. While Generic_r.UJ sometimes may be installed by itself, or bundled with other applications, malware experts also have seen cases of its being included in the payloads of some Trojans. Generic_r.UJ may be found in the format of a fraudulent or compromised Windows file, and your PC security solutions should be used to automate deleting Generic_r.UJ as much as possible.

The Adware Getting between You and Your Downloads

Although generic adware detections may not display specific symptoms, Generic_r.UJ has had a recent surge in distribution rates that seem to coincide with the installation of specific adware, potentially alongside threatening software such as Poweliks. These modern formats for Generic_r.UJ applications may run themselves through the Dllhost.exe file of Windows, which manages DLL-loading programs. Threatening or unwanted DLL-loading techniques may allow Generic_r.UJ and some other software to be launched and run automatically, which may result in symptoms such as:

  • Browser slowdowns may cause websites to load poorly or fail to respond to input.
  • Interrupted file downloads due to mismanaged security settings.
  • Recurring Generic_r.UJ memory processes, which may enable PPC fraud and similar tactics that exploit your PC's resources.
  • The visible presence of additional advertising content loaded through your browser, or components of advertisement-enabling programs, such as Adclick. These programs may modify Web pages while they're being loaded (for example, by injecting banners or links).

While these symptoms may not pose an immediate danger to your browser, they do cause a state of vulnerability that may cause your browser to load threatening content or be unprotected against other threats. Threats that are known to install Generic_r.UJ include at least one family of backdoor Trojans, which may disable essential security features, collect information or allow third parties to control your PC directly.

Getting Autumnal Adware to Fall out of Your Browser

Generic_r.UJ's most recent variants seem to have been in distribution as of October 2014, through non-consensual methods that malware researchers have yet to finish analyzing. While simple anti-adware products should suffice for removing most adware, including some versions of Generic_r.UJ, Generic_r.UJ's close associations with Trojans also may necessitate your use of anti-malware solutions. Using Safe Mode or a recovery drive before a system scan also can provide a sterile environment for removing Generic_r.UJ and any threats related to Generic_r.UJ.

Along with its unusual resistance to deletion, Generic_r.UJ particularly is noted for coinciding with blocked access to file downloads. Such attacks may be favored by threat authors trying to prevent their victims from accessing proper security software. If you need access to new security tools that have yet to install themselves, malware experts suggest loading them onto a separate drive (such as any USB device).