Random Audio Ads Virus

Posted: January 13, 2012

Random Audio Ads Virus Description

Audio Ads Virus Screenshot 1The Audio Ads Virus is a colloquial name for Trojans, adware and similar PC threats that play streaming audio advertisements automatically. Some of the most infamous of these, such as Rootkit.Boot.Harbinger.a, are high-level PC threats that require extremely thorough anti-malware strategies to remove from your computer. An Audio Ads Virus often is identifiable only by its obvious symptoms, which may cause performance issues but, for the most part, are just one facet of an invasive PC threat that may conduct other attacks against your computer. Naturally, malware researchers suggest deleting an Audio Ads Virus through any means necessary.

The Virus that Gives You an Earful of Its Symptoms

The Audio Ads Virus is a generalized term that may refer to any Trojan that displays its characteristic trait: auto-playing audio advertisements that often are represented as additional browser streams in your PC's volume manager. Besides their being distracted and intrusive, Audio Ads Virus's advertisements may be opened in multiple channels simultaneously, which may cause extreme performance problems for the infected browser. Unlike most kinds of adware, malware researchers often associate the Audio Ads Virus with high-level PC threats, such as backdoor Trojans and rootkits.

Rootkit.Boot.Harbinger.a is one recent example of just such a PC threat. Like other rootkits, this variant of the Audio Ads Virus doesn't display a separate memory process; Rootkit.Boot.Harbinger.a compromises the boot sector of your PC, which lets Rootkit.Boot.Harbinger.a load before your OS. Symptoms of Rootkit.Boot.Harbinger.a and other forms of the Audio Ads Virus may include:

  • The automatic reboot of your PC during the original installation of the Audio Ads Virus. In most circumstances, there are no warning messages displayed prior to this non-consensual system restart.
  • Audible advertisements that play without any obvious associated program.
  • Unusual resource usage (such as RAM) from memory processes that have been hijacked by the Audio Ads Virus, such as a Web browser's process. The Audio Ads Virus also may inject some of its components into Svchost.exe or other Windows processes.
  • Slowdowns, crashes and other performance problems that often are caused by the Audio Ads Virus's excessive use of system resources.
  • The presence of unusual programs in your Volume Mixer or equivalent utility.

Taking out the Virus that's Taken over Your Eardrums

As of early January 2014, new variants of the Audio Ads Virus appear to be using a non-consensual installation method that malware researchers estimate to involve attacks from compromised advertisement networks. Updating your software, disabling exploited Web content (like scripts) and, of course, having anti-malware security can provide different methods of blocking the strategies that could be used to install an Audio Ads Virus. However, these reports are based, in part, on circumstantial information, and further analyzes of the Audio Ads Virus's distribution may be forthcoming.

The Audio Ads Virus is notorious for its irritating symptoms, but the Audio Ads Virus also may be armed with other attacks that aren't necessarily linked to visible symptoms. Because the Audio Ads Virus often is a high-level PC threat, malware researchers suggest deleting the Audio Ads Virus with the same PC security software you'd use to remove a rootkit, backdoor Trojan or spyware. An incomplete deletion that removes the Audio Ads Virus's audio advertisements, but doesn't thwart its invisible components, may leave your PC in danger from future attacks.

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