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What is Adware.Mediafinder?

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#1 Tyler Kane

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:20 PM

I scanned with Spybot last week and I found five files infected with Adware.Mediafinder. What is this virus?

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Hello, I moved this to the Am I Infected forum.

This is not a Virus but is Adware:

program code embedded to the software without user being aware of it to show advertising. As a rule adware is embedded in the software that is distributed free. Advertisement is in the working interface. Adware often gathers and transfer to its distributor personal information of the user.

See Types of known threats for more info.

Has Spybot removed them.

Adware.Mediafinder is a security risk that uses Browser Helper Objects and extensions to monitor for access to certain websites, mostly associated with file sharing.

file sharing programs are a security risk. The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge. Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and a Repair Install will NOT help!. In those cases, the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS.

Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories, Risks of File-Sharing Technology and P2P file sharing: Anticipate the risks....

Edited by boopme, 27 July 2012 - 08:48 PM.

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