Boomdeal

Posted: November 26, 2014
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs 33

Boomdeal Description

Boomdeal is a Potentially Unwanted Program belonging to the sub-classification of adware, or a program that loads additional advertising content. Although the text link-based advertisements preferred by Boomdeal installations are highly visible, they may allow security issues of a less obvious nature to occur, such as exposing you to fake software updates. Between the debatable nature of its actual benefits and the issues surrounding Boomdeal, deleting Boomdeal through specialized anti-adware programs should be contemplated before any other response.

When Your Site Text goes 'Boom' with Advertisements

Boomdeal is adware confirmed to install itself for Firefox, but uses advertising functions similar to those of adware seen in other browsers. Boomdeal monitors Web pages as they load for pure text content, which Boomdeal may inject with links to its advertising affiliates. While malware experts normally find such behavior limited to modifying keywords that are chosen for their 'relevance' to an advertisement, Boomdeal may inject its advertisements into virtually any Web page text.

Common Boomdeal advertisements may format themselves as special offers, coupons or discount codes that may assist with your online shopping. Simultaneously, they also may be points of exposures to online scams or infection vectors that may seek to install threatening software. Of the former, fake gift lotteries, technical support hotlines and scamware-promoting imitations of system scans are some of the most common attacks. Malware researchers also sometimes observe advertisement networks compromised by 'invisible' threats such as scripts that could be loaded by Boomdeal through an unprotected Web browser.

Boomdeal previously used a website at boom-deal.com to distribute itself, although this domain currently is in a state of abandonment. Its latest campaigns, as of November 2014, seem to be using bundles and other means of installation that may occur automatically. Currently, Boomdeal is most often reported among European PCs, particularly for Finland.

Dealing Yourself a No-Advertisements Browser

With the demise of its website, Boomdeal is left to install itself through the same methods other adware products may abuse: bundles with other applications, Trojan downloaders and browser vulnerabilities that initiate attacks. The first two of these exploits are most likely to be used by modern variants of Boomdeal, and, in some cases, examining an installation utility's options may let you avoid installing Boomdeal. In cases where visual inspection is inadequate, or you've procured files from particularly suspect sources, your anti-adware products can identify a would-be Boomdeal installer during a simple file scan.

Like most explosions, Boomdeal may make a loud, but ultimately brief impact on your Web browser. As long as you remove Boomdeal as soon as Boomdeal is identified, and take care to avoid any prolonged contact with threatening advertisement content, your PC shouldn't suffer any long term damage from this PUP. However, double-checking all of your Firefox settings after deleting Boomdeal also may be a wise precaution to keep your Web surfing as advertisement-free as possible.

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