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Adware.TSAdbot

Adware.TSAdbot

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
4.0.0.7
Publisher:
Conducent Technologies, Inc.
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
Tsadbot.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.TSAdbot is an adware component, which connects to an advertisement server of Conducent Technologies, downloads new advertisements and displays flashing ad banners and full screen ads. This adware may also record your Web browser history, cache files, and other personal information.

Symptoms


The files on the system are detected as Adware.TSAdbot.

Behavior


This adware component must be manually installed or installed as a component of another software, such as the Windows version of PKZIP.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version July 26, 2017 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 24, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 27, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 24, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.TSAdbot is executed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Copies itself to C:\ Program Files\TimeSink\AdGateway\TSADBOT.exe.

  2. If the complete adware is installed, it may drop one or more of the following .dll files to the Windows root folder or System directory:
    • Tsad.dll
    • Vcpdll.dll
    • FlexActv.dll
    • Addon2VB.dll

  3. Adds a value that contains one of the following:

    "Conducent"
    "Timesink"
    "Tsadbot.exe"

    to the registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

  4. Creates one or more of the following new registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TimeSink,Inc.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TimeSink
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\TimeSink
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\TimeSink,Inc.

  5. If the complete adware is installed, it adds a value that contains one of the following:

    "FlexAct"
    "Tsad.dll"
    "Vcpdll.dll"
    "Tsadbot.exe"
    "Addon2VB.dll"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shareddlls

  6. Connects to an advertisement server of Conducent Technologies, downloads new advertisements, and displays flashing ad banners and fullscreen advertisements.

  7. May track your browser history, cache files, and other personal information.





Note: Removing this adware component from the system will likely cause the program that installed it to not function as intended. The uninstaller generally identifies the programs that will not work after uninstallation.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Restart in Safe mode.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.TSAdbot.
  4. Delete the values or keys from the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

2. Restarting 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. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start Norton AntiVirus and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files. For more information, read the document, "How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files."
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with Adware.TSAdbot, click Delete.
  4. If the full version of the adware is installed, you may need to delete the following .dll files in the Windows root diretory or system directory:
    tsad.dll, vcpdll.dll, FlexActv.dll, Addon2VB.dll.
4. Deleting the values from the registry

CAUTION : 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, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

    NOTE: Both keys may not exist on all systems

  4. In the right pane, delete any values pertaining to the string "Conducent" or "Timesink" or "Tsadbot.exe" .

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shareddlls

  6. In the right pane, delete any values pertaining to the string contains "FlexAct" or "tsad.dll" or "vcpdll.dll" or "tsadbot.exe" or "Addon2VB.dll".

  7. Delete the following registry keys if they exist:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TimeSink,Inc.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TimeSink
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\TimeSink
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\TimeSink,Inc.

  8. Exit the Registry Editor.