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PUA.Browseforthecause

PUA.Browseforthecause

Updated:
November 30, 2016
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
Browse for the cause
Version:
1.0
Publisher:
Domain Web Developers
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.Browseforthecause is a potentially unwanted application that changes the default home page and search provider without consent. It may also display advertisements.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version November 30, 2016 revision 004
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 30, 2016 revision 005
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 30, 2016 revision 019
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 30, 2016 revision 019
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 30, 2016
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When the program is executed, it creates the following folder:
  • %ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause

Next, the program creates the following files:
  • %Windir\Tasks\BrowseForTheCauseUpdate.job
  • %ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\BrowseForTheCause.exe

The program then creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrowseForTheCause
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\BrowseForTheCause

The program then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"BrowseForTheCause" = "%ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\BrowseForTheCause.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause\"Publisher" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause\"DisplayName" = "Browse for the Cause"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause\"DisplayIcon" = "%ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\BrowseForTheCause.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause\"InstallLocation" = "%ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowseForTheCause\"UninstallString" = "%ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\BrowseForTheCause.exe uninstall"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrowseForTheCause\"InstallerFile" = "C:\Tools\temp\4C716E10E629C412CEB1CD0BD61FEEB70FEE35DC64B12AA644F740C1A5AB42F2.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrowseForTheCause\"InstalledAsFile" = "%ProgramFiles%\BrowseForTheCause\BrowseForTheCause.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrowseForTheCause\"CTag" = "GE"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrowseForTheCause\"TSIV" = "1"

The program claims to help raise money for charities. It also changes the default search engine and home page without consent. When it is uninstalled, it does not revert these browser settings.

The program may also display out-of-context advertisements.
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