RelevantKnowledge

RelevantKnowledge Description

RelevantKnowledge Screenshot 1RelevantKnowledge is a Netherlands-originating combination of spyware and adware, justified under the pretense of being useful for survey-related purposes. Just having RelevantKnowledge on your system opens up significant security risks and privacy issues, so it's not recommended that you put your trust in this program. An additional warning sign is that RelevantKnowledge may be difficult to remove and may require anti-malware procedures to actually uninstall.

RelevantKnowledge's Friendly Facade

Also known by Relevant Knowledge, RelevantKnowledge initially installs itself in a deceptive manner. This starts off with a pop-up imitating a standard Windows message when you visit an unsafe website. This pop-up, unlike most, tries to pass itself off as a simple and harmlessly anonymous survey. Actually trusting the pop-up 'survey' will cause the RelevantKnowledge spyware to be installed.

RelevantKnowledge will continue to try to play the part of a friend, with readily visible removal options and a theoretical justification for being on your computer. If you try to remove RelevantKnowledge, you'll find that the options for uninstalling it are all nonfunctional!

The Relevant Dangers of RelevantKnowledge

While RelevantKnowledge's on your system, you'll experience obvious problems as well as more subtle risks. The adware side of RelevantKnowledge will be plain, as it will bombard the user with unwanted advertisements with no easy way of being completely rid of them. Many pop-ups will continue the pretense of being survey-related, but they should be considered malicious in nature, given the deceitful and invasive nature of this program.

The RelevantKnowledge program is also capable of recording information and sending it to third parties. This is, once again, justified as being part of a survey process. Given that RelevantKnowledge doesn't tell you exactly what information it logs and transmits, or offer options for opting out easily, there's nothing to differentiate RelevantKnowledge from common spyware.

A Sneaky Bit of Malware to Catch

RelevantKnowledge may not be recognized by many different security programs, possible due to its dissimilarity to pre-existing malware. A surprising amount of otherwise high-quality anti-malware scanners have been reported to fail at catching it even years after its appearance! Keeping your scanners up-to-date, running them in Safe Mode, and using multiple scanners from different high-quality brands will increase your chances of removing RelevantKnowledge successfully. On the bright side, RelevantKnowledge is unusual in that it can sometimes be removed manually through the Control Panel, once the spyware's process has been shut down.

Deleting RelevantKnowledge will prevent further harm from coming to your computer, but it won't stop the damage that's already been done. Once you notice it on your system, make removing RelevantKnowledge an act of high precedence, unless you like the idea of your computer's information being freely shared out to the world!

RelevantKnowledge Screenshot 2RelevantKnowledge Screenshot 3RelevantKnowledge Screenshot 4

Aliases


ApplicUnwnt [Comodo]TROJ_GEN.F47V1123Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 ) [K7AntiVirus]Adware.PremierOpinionAdWare.Agent [Ikarus]Adware.Relevant.275072DangerousObject.Multi.bxfDropped:Spyware.Relevantknowledge.A (B)Adware/Relevant.G.1 [AntiVir]W32/MalwareF.BTCN [F-Prot]Trojan/Genome.rzveTrojan-Clicker/W32.Relevant.275072not-a-virus.AdWare.RelevantKnowledge [Ikarus]Trojan/Win32.Buzus.gen [Antiy-AVL]Adware.Relevant.10 [DrWeb]
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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:



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Size: 169.37 KB (169376 bytes)
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Detection count: 35
File type: Executable File
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Group: Malware file
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Size: 168.86 KB (168864 bytes)
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Detection count: 30
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File type: Executable File
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Last Updated: October 31, 2018
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Group: Malware file
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Size: 169.37 KB (169376 bytes)
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Detection count: 26
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: October 31, 2018

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Registry Modifications


The following newly produced Registry Values are:

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Additional Information

The following cookies were detected:
opinionsquare.compermissionresearch.com
Posted: April 8, 2005
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs 2,129,850
Home Malware Programs Adware RelevantKnowledge

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