Generic PUP.x!F8948963CDC7

This page shows details and results of our analysis on the malware Generic PUP.x!F8948963CDC7

Overview

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This software is not a virus or a Trojan. It is detected as a "potentially unwanted program" (PUP). PUPs are any piece of software that a reasonably security- or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of and, in some cases, remove. PUPs are often made by a legitimate corporate entity for some beneficial purpose, but they alter the security state of the computer on which they are installed, or the privacy posture of the user of the system, such that most users will want to be aware of them.


Minimum DAT

N/A

Updated DAT

N/A

Minimum Engine

5400.1158

File Length

1601408

Description Added

2012-02-26

Description Modified

2012-02-26

Malware Proliferation

Characteristics

This software is not a virus or a Trojan. It is detected as a "potentially unwanted program" (PUP). PUPs are any piece of software that a reasonably security- or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of and, in some cases, remove. PUPs are often made by a legitimate corporate entity for some beneficial purpose, but they alter the security state of the computer on which they are installed, or the privacy posture of the user of the system, such that most users will want to be aware of them.

File PropertiesProperty Values
McAfee DetectionGeneric PUP.x
Length1601408 bytes
MD5f8948963cdc7d1b11644e74d95accbd7
SHA198553b0e565a85a2c3715ecd6e82e8fffd4844c6


Other Common Detection Aliases

Company NamesDetection Names
ahnlabTrojan/Win32.ADH
avastWin32:Adware-gen [Adw]
aviraADSPY/Installer.WA.A.1
BitDefenderAdware.Installer.WA.A
Dr.WebAdware.GameVance.73
F-ProtW32/GameVance.U.gen!Eldorado
FortiNetAdware/ArcadeWeb
MicrosoftAdware:Win32/ArcadeWeb
SymantecTrojan.ADH.2
EsetWin32/Adware.Gamevance.BK (application) (variant)
normanAggressive commersial W32/ArcadeWeb.D
pandaGeneric Malware
vba32Trojan.Genome.yosr
V-BusterAdware.Installer!CcGkNJKwPBE (trojan)
Vet (Computer Associates)Win32/Genome.CP

Other brands and names may be claimed as the property of others.


ActivitiesRisk Levels
Enumerates many system files and directories.Low
Adds or modifies Internet Explorer cookiesLow


McAfee ScansScan Detections
McAfee BetaGeneric PUP.x
McAfee SupportedGeneric PUP.x



System Changes

Some path values have been replaced with environment variables as the exact location may vary with different configurations.
e.g.
%WINDIR% = \WINDOWS (Windows 9x/ME/XP/Vista/7), \WINNT (Windows NT/2000)
%PROGRAMFILES% = \Program Files


The following files were analyzed:

98553b0e565a85a2c3715ecd6e82e8fffd4844c6

The following registry elements have been created:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\

The following registry elements have been changed:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\AUTOUPD = 1
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\SNOOZETIME = [binary data]
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\UPDATCNCL = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\UPDTCNT = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\AWGAMECONFIG\UPDTFAILED = 0

The applications attempted the following network connection(s):

  • 74.120.16.***:80
  • hxxp://www.arcadeweb.com/*****

Symptoms

This symptoms of this detection are the files, registry, and network communication referenced in the characteristics section.

Method of Infection

This is not a virus or Trojan. PUPs do not "infect" systems. They may be installed by a user individually or possibly as a part of a software package (in a bundle, for example).

Removal

All Users:

Please use the following instructions for all supported versions of Windows to remove threats and other potential risks:

1.Disable System Restore .

2.Update to current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

3.Run a complete system scan.

Modifications made to the system Registry and/or INI files for the purposes of hooking system startup, will be successfully removed if cleaning with the recommended engine and DAT combination (or higher).

1. Please go to the Microsoft Recovery Console and restore a clean MBR.

On windows XP:

Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Select the Windows installation that is compromised and provide the administrator password
Issue 'fixmbr' command to restore the Master Boot Record
Follow onscreen instructions
Reset and remove the CD from CD-ROM drive.


On Windows Vista and 7:

Insert the Windows CD into the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
Click on "Repair Your Computer"
When the System Recovery Options dialog comes up, choose the Command Prompt.
Issue 'bootrec /fixmbr' command to restore the Master Boot Record
Follow onscreen instructions
Reset and remove the CD from CD-ROM drive.

Variants