Home Malware Programs Adware ADW_MARKETSCORE


Posted: October 11, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 18,318
First Seen: October 11, 2012
Last Seen: July 5, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ADW_MARKETSCORE is an adware program that claims to enhance your web-browsing speed and content, although ADW_MARKETSCORE's functions are mostly concerned with gathering potentially profitable information from PC users. Recent analyses of search-poisoning techniques have found installers for ADW_MARKETSCORE disguised as executable files referencing US president Obama. Although the information that ADW_MARKETSCORE has been found to gather has limited ADW_MARKETSCORE to a low-level threat, ADW_MARKETSCORE may degrade your PC's performance and doesn't have any positive features that would benefit your web-browsing activities. If you're unable to avoid an ADW_MARKETSCORE infection, SpywareRemove.com malware experts suggest using good anti-malware programs to delete ADW_MARKETSCORE posthaste.

How ADW_MARKETSCORE Might Make You Feel Woozy in a Different Way than You'd Expect

Current propagation strategies for ADW_MARKETSCORE involve misleadingly-named EXE files, such as 'Drunken Obama,' that cite news and rumors about this year's United States elections. As one would assume, most victims of these attacks are US residents, although SpywareRemove.com malware experts point out that a significant minority of victims include residents of other countries throughout the world. Sites hosting these inaccurately-named ADW_MARKETSCORE files use SEO (AKA, Search Engine Optimization) exploits to make their content appear prominently in web searches for political information. Naturally, SpywareRemove.com malware experts are forced to recommend that you use extreme caution while searching for political info on the web, especially if that information appears to be contained in a PDF file provided by a suspicious website.

ADW_MARKETSCORE's attacks function by placing a proxy server between your PC and any websites that are intended to receive any information that you input. This proxy server decrypts protected information and puts the gathered information to work for the profit of the Marketscore company. Although there may be no symptoms of ADW_MARKETSCORE's existence on your PC, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that such attacks often cause poor web-browsing performance and instability.

Giving ADW_MARKETSCORE a Thumbs Down on Getting All Your Data

Although high-level threats (such as banking Trojans that steal bank account details for the purpose of compromising the account and its money) often use ADW_MARKETSCORE's attack strategies, ADW_MARKETSCORE has, for the time being, been classified a low-level threat and adware. Malware analysts still encourage ADW_MARKETSCORE's removal if you've accidentally or intentionally installed ADW_MARKETSCORE, since ADW_MARKETSCORE doesn't have any beneficial features and includes several disadvantages to your PC's security and privacy.

ADW_MARKETSCORE's major aliases include Adware:Win32/Marketscore.B and Spyware.Marketscore. Since ADW_MARKETSCORE changes the Registry and places multiple file types on the infected computer, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers suggest using anti-malware products whenever possible for deleting ADW_MARKETSCORE. The sooner this is done, the less likely ADW_MARKETSCORE is to cause other security issues for your PC or intercept potentially valuable personal information.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:

%Program Files%\Drunken Obama\uninst.exe File name: %Program Files%\Drunken Obama\uninst.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%User Temp%\nsr2E.tmp\rkverify.exe File name: %User Temp%\nsr2E.tmp\rkverify.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Program Files%\Drunken Obama\Drunken Obama.exe File name: %Program Files%\Drunken Obama\Drunken Obama.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Drunken Obama.exe {default} = "%Program Files%\Drunken Obama\Drunken Obama.exe"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GetFunGame UID = "296451073"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken Obama UninstallString = "%Program Files%\Drunken Obama\uninst.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken Obama DisplayName = "Drunken Obama 1.0"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken Obama DisplayVersion = "1.0"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken Obama DisplayIcon = "%Program Files%\Drunken Obama\Drunken Obama.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken Obama Publisher = "GetFunGame"HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GetFunGameHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Drunken ObamaHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Drunken Obama.exe

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected: