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Hawker Ads

Posted: June 22, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 17,188
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 368
First Seen: June 22, 2015
Last Seen: October 7, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Hawker is the name of a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that can ruin your on-line experience. The questionable application serves as a typical adware tool and tries to bring the PC users to sponsored third-party pages. To do this, Hawker inserts various ads directly into all detected browsers – including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The ads can take different forms, but the most notable ones are the pop-ups and banners. They tend to be rather persistent and may even disrupt the functionality of your Internet clients. It is worth mentioning that the ads may change over time and may become more and more accurate. This process is because the PUP violates your privacy and monitors your on-line activities. Hawker will know all sites you visit, so the program will quickly find out what may attract your interest. Although they may seem appealing, you should ignore the ads as they may lead you to some highly suspicious sites. The best thing to do once you notice the presence of the PUP is to delete it immediately. It may be difficult to achieve this task manually as the adware is very stubborn. For this reason, you should use a powerful malware removal tool and should perform an in-depth system scan.

Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:


Additional Information

The following directories were created:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Hawker