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Adware removed two files, wonder what they were, how I got them

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#1 cristooo


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Posted 21 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

Hi currently my latest adware scan shows I have no malicious software on my computer, but the scan before that removed the following two items. 
I am wondering what they were, how they work, how I might have got them. 
Thankyou for any insight. 
[-] File Deleted : C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\hxxps_dsms0mj1bbhn4.cloudfront.net_0.localstorage-journal
[-] Key Deleted : HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\InternetRegistry\REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-18\Software\Web Assistant

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#2 Struppigel


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 08:13 AM

Hello cristoo.


The first result is part from the Local Storage in Chrome. This folder is used to save browser data ordered by domain. The domain listed there (hxxps_dsms0mj1bbhn4.cloudfront.net) is related to Amazon CloudFront (a service for content delivery). It might be used by anything, legitimate and bad applications.


Web Assistant by Perion Network is an adware that gets installed into your browsers as Browser Helper Object. It may redirect search results, change the default search provider and display advertisments. Such programmes are called potentially unwanted. They come usually bundled with installers or updaters. Keep your eyes open if you are installing a software. Take care to use the custom installation and opt-out of additional offers.



#3 cristooo

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for taking the time to give me some insight. :)

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