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Adware.Gen.3

Adware.Gen.3

Updated:
July 25, 2016
Infection Length:
Varies
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Linux, Mac, Solaris, Windows

Behavior

Adware.Gen.3 is a generic detection for individual adware variations for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against adware variations that share similar characteristics.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version July 24, 2016
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 04, 2016 revision 023
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 24, 2016
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 05, 2016 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 27, 2016
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Adware.Gen.3 is a generic detection for individual adware variations for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against adware variations that share similar characteristics.
WindowsYou may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.



FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.


1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.

LinuxThe following instructions pertain to Symantec AntiVirus for Linux.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.

1. To update the virus definitions
To obtain the most recent virus definitions run LiveUpdate. For Symantec AntiVirus for Linux, LiveUpdate definitions are updated regularly.

2. To run a full system scan
To run a full system scan in Linux, open a command line and type the following:

sav manualscan --scan /

If any files are detected, follow the instructions displayed by your antivirus program.

MacintoshThe following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products for Macintosh.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and repair or delete all the files detected.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the virus definitions
To obtain the most recent virus definitions run LiveUpdate: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers regularly. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate) .

2. To scan for and delete the infected files
  • Start your Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh program and make sure that it is configured to scan all files.
  • Run a full system scan.
  • If any files are detected, click Repair (if available) or Delete.