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Posted: July 16, 2014

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 12
First Seen: July 16, 2014
Last Seen: April 11, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Fraveen is shopping adware that displays advertisements for alternative vendors and products while you browse the Web. Although Fraveen has not been found guilty of proliferating compromised advertisements, malware researchers have found no beneficial effects of leaving Fraveen installed, and you normally should remove all adware for your browser's optimal performance. To account for its potential of hijacking some Web-browsing settings automatically, deleting Fraveen should use anti-adware products that can be as sure as possible of fully removing all of its components and changes.

Riding Advertisements with Crossrider Again

The popularity of DIY add-on construction kits allows even developers with little talent to profit from advertising revenue, and Fraveen is a new sample of just such a product of developer laziness. Based on the same Crossrider platform as ElectroLyrics or Weather It Up, Fraveen exhibits similar functions related to injecting advertisements into your browser automatically. These advertisements may display automatically, may obscure native site content and may harm your browser's performance. At this time, malware experts only have seen Fraveen promoting reputable vendors like Walmart, although this last detail potentially is subjective to change in the future.

Although Fraveen installs itself with the name of Fraveen 1.4, malware analysts have been unable to find any prior versions of this adware, and strongly suspect that Fraveen may be a clone of similar Crossrider-based advertising add-ons. Without any threatening functions, but numerous inconvenient ones, Fraveen is best classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program. Fraveen may be identified by aliases including PUP.Optional.Feven.A or Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AL. A minority of anti-virus programs also may incorrectly identify Fraveen as the Artemis Trojan (most likely due to the mutual abuse of browser-hijacking functions).

Getting Your Browser Clean of Fraveen

Because Fraveen's installation files may use an extremely wide range of names, many of which imply that a different program is being installed, malware experts find it particularly likely that Fraveen is being distributed via software download sites and file-distribution programs (like torrent downloaders). Scanning these files with dedicated anti-adware tools should identify Fraveen before any installation occurs, saving you the trouble of dealing with unnecessary advertisements. However, past the point of installation, Fraveen may make changes to your homepage or search settings, along with the usual advertisements.

In the above scenarios, the user usually is at fault for installing Fraveen from an untrustworthy download link – even if the software didn't announce that fact. Adware also may be included in bundles with other applications. If Fraveen has appeared on your PC suddenly without any clear cause and effect path, you may wish to use anti-malware scans along with the usual anti-adware protection for removing Fraveen.