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Word Anchor Ads

Posted: June 18, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 10,470
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 8,970
First Seen: June 18, 2015
Last Seen: October 3, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Word Anchor is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that exhibits adware capabilities. Unwanted applications such as Word Anchor often install as web browser add-ons or extensions and are known to keep track of users' web browsing activities. Adware developers use questionable delivery methods such as bundling to distribute their products such as Word Anchor. Once users have accidentally installed Word Anchor on their computer, the software delivers an abundance of irritating advertisements. Advertising materials by Word Anchor are diversified and tailored to the Internet user. Computer security experts advise users not to click on ads by Word Anchor as they are capable of redirecting them to third-party domains. It is also recommended to remove Word Anchor as soon as users notice ads by Word Anchor. To remove Word Anchor, it is advised to run a full system scan with a reliable anti-malware tool.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:

c:\windows\system32\drivers\wafd_vt_1_10_0_20.sys File name: wafd_vt_1_10_0_20.sys
Size: 61.31 KB (61312 bytes)
MD5: 1f8f15014627bf0f31cb7994eed39a13
Detection count: 206
File type: System file
Mime Type: unknown/sys
Path: c:\windows\system32\drivers\wafd_vt_1_10_0_20.sys
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 16, 2023
%WINDIR%\System32\drivers\wafd_1_10_0_18.sys File name: wafd_1_10_0_18.sys
Size: 58.24 KB (58240 bytes)
MD5: 0bc8114b3ff5b8d427762a5ee7bfb935
Detection count: 101
File type: System file
Mime Type: unknown/sys
Path: %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\wafd_1_10_0_18.sys
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 23, 2023
%TEMP%\is740357246\14678347_stp\wordanchor-setup- File name: wordanchor-setup-
Size: 1.03 MB (1037624 bytes)
MD5: e0715fc2a219758fea199beb9f988b46
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %TEMP%\is740357246\14678347_stp
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2020

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Regexp file mask%WINDIR%\system32\Drivers\wafd_[RANDOM CHARACTERS]_[NUMBERS]_[NUMBERS]_[RANDOM CHARACTERS].sys