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November 24, 2014
GeniusBox, LLC
Risk Impact:
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Adware.GeniusBox is an adware program that inserts ads into search result web pages.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version November 24, 2014 revision 006
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 22, 2016 revision 024
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 10, 2014 revision 021
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 22, 2016 revision 025
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 26, 2014
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Adware.GeniusBox is an adware program that displays advertisements in the web browser.

The program may be downloaded and installed manually or installed by third-party downloaders without the user's consent.

Once executed, the program creates the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\certmanager.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Client.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\makecert.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\settings.config
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Tasks.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\TrustedRoot.cer
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Uninstall.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Updater.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\certutil.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\libnspr4.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\libplc4.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\libplds4.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\nss3.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\smime3.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Resources\softokn3.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Uninstall GeniusBox.lnk

It then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Search Extensions\"GeniusBox" = "01, 00, 00, 00"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GeniusBox\"implementationid" = "geniusbox-dl"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GeniusBox\"userid" = "2ff2b223-7786-46fb-9225-d268195c8a8f"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"DisplayIcon = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Uninstall.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"DisplayName" = "GeniusBox 2.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"DisplayVersion" = "2.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"EstimatedSize" = "2C, 01, 00, 00"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"InstallDate"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"InstallLocation" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"Publisher" = "GeniusBox 2.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox\"UninstallString" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\GeniusBox\Uninstall.exe"

The program also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\geniusboxinstalled
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\FiddlerCore
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\FiddlerCore\Dynamic
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Search Extensions
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\ROOT\Certificates\91418CF09B62D53BD3D7A4A20FA84E4B3F2782DE
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GeniusBox
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT\Process\Client\DEBUG\Trace Level

The program then displays advertisements within the computer's web browser.
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1. Performing a full system scan
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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.