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Adware.GatorClone

Adware.GatorClone

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
Sysupd.exe killhook.dll mp3ad.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.GatorClone displays advertisements during Web browsing.

Symptoms


Your Symantec product detects Adware.GatorClone.

Behavior


This adware must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version June 26, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 26, 2015 revision 023
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date June 30, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Adware.GatorClone performs the following actions when executed:
  1. Creates a randomly named .dll file in the %Temp% folder and injects the file into running processes. This .dll file will restart the adware program if the adware program is terminated.

  2. Adds the value:

    <Filename of Adware> = <Path to Adware>

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  3. Contacts a remote server for advertisements and instructions, and displays pop-up ads.



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Restart the computer in Safe mode
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.GatorClone.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. To restart the computer in Safe mode
Shut down the computer and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode or VGA mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode ."

3. To scan for and delete the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.GatorClone, click Delete.


    Note:
    If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, note the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

4. To delete the value from the registry

WARNING:
Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "<Filename of Adware>"="<Path to Adware>"

  5. Restart the computer in Normal mode. For instructions, read the section on returning to Normal mode in the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode."