Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) HD-VV


Posted: November 17, 2014

Threat Metric

Ranking: 6,927
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 2,583
First Seen: November 17, 2014
Last Seen: September 27, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

HD-VV is adware that displays new advertising content in your Web browser while you navigate the Web. Advertising functions, by themselves, are inadequate for classifying HD-VV as anything more than a Potentially Unwanted Program. Nonetheless, HD-VV may instigate the non-consensual installation of other programs through its advertisements, and sometimes is installed automatically, itself. As a standard precaution against unwanted breaches of browser security, uninstalling HD-VV, and all other adware, is the default stance taken by malware researchers.

HD-VV: the New Adware Riding into Your Browser

HD-VV is part of a long line of Crossrider platform-based adware applications, all of which are meant to modify the loaded Web content of the user's browsers. HD-VV only has been confirmed for Internet Explorer, which HD-VV modifies via a standard BHO. PC users who continue to browse the Web may find Internet Explorer displaying additional advertisements in both banner and hyperlink formats.

In some cases, HD-VV advertisements may be superimposed on top of unrelated website advertisements, which may deprive website owners of revenue. Other instances may inject HD-VV advertisements as additional content, modifying the layout of the Web page in ways that potentially harm your Web-surfing accessibility. HD-VV offers no features for disabling its advertisements permanently, or any features beyond its advertisements, which is common for most Crossrider adware.

HD-VV isn't a threat, but malware experts have seen some samples of HD-VV advertisements that include potentially hazardous content. Until you've removed HD-VV, the use of your browser should be coupled with alertness to potential advertisement-based attacks, such as phishing scams, fraudulent software updates and unsafe scripts. The latter sometimes are triggered without symptoms and may require common PC security tools to block their payloads. Blocking all scripted content in general also may protect your browser from HD-VV advertisements, although this also may hamper the functionality of some unrelated websites.

A High-Definition Browser without HD-VV Advertisements

HD-VV doesn't provide any browser functions that benefit the PC user, and malware analysts have failed to find evidence of its distribution through any reputable software channels. Most adware products with histories similar to HD-VV's abuse software bundles to install themselves. Torrents, software piracy sites and websites known for bundling software (such as freeware domains or various file hosts) are typical sources of adware like HD-VV. Anti-adware products should be able to detect a bundled installer for HD-VV, but avoiding sites known to traffic in such software also is advisable.

Along with HD-VV, other Crossrider adware to avoid include LyricsPal, HQTotalS, ElectroLyrics, Fraveen, Radio Canyon Ads and Savings Hero. Removing HD-VV or related adware can be done through the usual anti-adware tools that also should identify their installers. Assuming that contact with HD-VV's advertising content is kept to a minimum, no meaningful damage should be inflicted on your PC before you can uninstall HD-VV.

Technical Details

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected: