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Adware.Instdollars

Adware.Instdollars

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
High
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.Instdollar is an adware program that monitors search queries and displays advertisements on your computer.

Behavior


This adware application needs to 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 November 18, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version June 19, 2010 revision 005
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 19, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.Instdollar is executed, it does the following:
  1. Creates the following files:
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dat
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dat
    • %CurrentFolder%\initial.cfg

      Note:
    • %System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
    • %CurrentFolder% is a variable that refers to the folder where the risk was originally executed.

  2. Adds the following entry:

    [WIN 3.11 mail]
    initdata=[RANDOM NUMBER]

    to the %Windir%\win.ini file.

    Note: %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.

  3. Adds one of the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4F507FE0-FFF8-4B7A-8F53-FCB8FD120594}\InprocServer32
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CB0DAB1F-768D-4545-B517-006CF76E16F2}\InprocServer32

  4. Modifies the value:

    "AppInit_DLLs" = "%System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll"

    in the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

  5. Contacts the installdollars.com domain and may display advertisements depending on the response.



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Close all open Internet Explorer windows
  3. Run a full system scan.
  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 close all open Internet Explorer windows
Because Adware.Instdollar functions as a Microsoft Internet Explorer plugin, it is necessary to close all open Internet Explorer windows to remove it. If you are reading this writeup in Internet Explorer, print this writeup using our printer-friendly option at the top of the page, or write down the following instructions, and then close all Internet Explorer windows.

3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.Instdollar 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 threat 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 threat 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 threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat 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.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.

    • 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 threat 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.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.

4. 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 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 subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

  4. In the right pane, reset the value to the original value if applicable:

    AppInit_DLLs = %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll

  5. Navigate to and delete the following subkeys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4F507FE0-FFF8-4B7A-8F53-FCB8FD120594}\InprocServer32
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CB0DAB1F-768D-4545-B517-006CF76E16F2}\InprocServer32

  6. Exit the Registry Editor.