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Adware.GatorEWallet

Adware.GatorEWallet

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Publisher:
GAIN Publishing
Risk Impact:
Low
File Names:
setup.exe gator.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.GatorEWallet offers to store and retrieve personal and logon details on your computer. This program is published by GAIN Publishing, which run a behavioral-based advertising service called GAIN Network. This program is offered in both free and paid versions. The free version displays advertisements from the GAIN Network, whereas the paid version does not.

Once installed, it actively monitors Web page access, looking for Web forms in open browser windows. When a supported form is found and the applicable data is stored, it will offer to fill it out. If the data added to the form is not stored, the program will offer to store it. The types of data that can be stored include user names, passwords, addresses and credit card details. The collected data is stored locally in an encrypted format for later use.

Symptoms


A popup window such as the following is displayed, offering to remember login information.



  • Displays the following system tray icon:



  • Displays targeted advertisements based on the on-line activities of the user.


Behavior


This program is manually downloaded and 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 August 22, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 30, 2013 revision 007
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 24, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.GatorEWallet is installed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Creates the following files:

    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Gator EWallet.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Gator EWallet\Gator WebSite.URL
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Gator EWallet\Gator EWallet.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\setup.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Gator.com\Gator\Gator.exe

      Note:
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the Program Files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %UserProfile% is a variable that refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER] (Windows NT/2000/XP).

  2. Creates the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\AppInfo\Gator

  3. May download and install the Adware.GAIN security risk.



Automatic Removal
Users of the latest versions of Symantec antivirus products can use the built-in automatic removal feature to remove this program from their computers. However, any data created and/or saved using this program will be lost.


Manual Removal
The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete any values 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 run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support security risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports security risk detection, and security risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the risk so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the risk that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

  3. Click Start > Run.

  4. Type explorer

    Then click OK.

  5. Navigate to and delete the following files:

    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Gator EWallet.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Gator EWallet\Gator WebSite.URL
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Gator EWallet\Gator EWallet.lnk

  6. Exit Windows Explorer.

Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

3. To delete the value from the registry
Important: 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 subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  3. Navigate to and delete the subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\AppInfo\Gator

  4. Exit the Registry Editor.