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Posted: March 2, 2011

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 9
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: April 22, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Although Adware-OneStep.l isn't a Trojan, a worm or a virus, Adware-OneStep.l nonetheless presents a minor security hazard due to misleading advertising and is generally a significant nuisance to anyone trying to use a computer infected with Adware-OneStep.l. Adware-OneStep.l is one variation on the overall unwanted Adware-OneStep adware program, and frequently generates advertisements that take priority on the screen. Adware-OneStep.l may advertise adult content, and is likely to create registry entries to enable Adware-OneStep.l to run on startup. This infection may not be a high level security risk, but deleting Adware-OneStep.l is still the action most users will want to take when confronted with Adware-OneStep.l.

Adware-OneStep.l is not a Traditional Security Assailant but Nonetheless Quite Annoying

Adware-OneStep.l and variations of it are distinguished primarily by their focus on creating pop-ups. These pop-up advertisements may mislead you about the state of your computer, creating false alerts and warnings. Ordinary advertisements are also probable, especially ones that focus on pornography and other adult content. There will be little indication of Adware-OneStep.l running by itself; you'll usually need to identify Adware-OneStep.l by the advertisements it creates, or by noting the unusual Task Manager processes.

Adware-OneStep.l isn't able to infect new systems by itself and doesn't install other malware. Because of the former limitation, Adware-OneStep.l usually infects computers by being bundled with other programs like rogue scanners. Such products are typically found on dangerous websites, freeware sites with poor upload security, and on P2P file distribution networks. Adware-OneStep.l can also be downloaded and installed by Trojans, in which case Adware-OneStep.l is likely the least of your problems.

Some pop-ups may be security risks by linking to malicious websites, and many will cause other problems with your computer by devouring system resources like memory and changing program focus on your screen. Adware-OneStep.l does create startup registry entries and will run without you enabling Adware-OneStep.l intentionally.

Identifying and Ridding Yourself of Adware-OneStep.l

The Adware-OneStep.l infection may be identified by other names, with the most prominent ones being Trojan.Malcol (an erroneous classification) and AdWare.Win32.Zwangi. Adware-OneStep.l was detected in early 2011, and shouldn't be difficult for good security programs to combat if you've kept their malware definitions updated.

The primary risk in deleting Adware-OneStep.l is missing any related infections, since Adware-OneStep.l will probably come with other, more serious threats. Using common-sense techniques for sweeping your system completely clean of Adware-OneStep.l and anything related to Adware-OneStep.l will prevent unforeseen consequences or the return of this adware nuisance.



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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:

zumie.dll File name: zumie.dll
Size: 487.42 KB (487424 bytes)
MD5: b536b8ff85a2fdd85378d2cb4db54908
Detection count: 43
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009