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PUA.GameVance

PUA.GameVance

Updated:
June 12, 2015
Infection Length:
Varies
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.GameVance is a potentially unwanted application that displays keyword advertisements on the computer.

Note: Definitions prior to June 12, 2015 may detect this threat as PUA.GameVance.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 21, 2017 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 15, 2011 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 22, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 17, 2011
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
This program must be manually installed.

When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\textlinks@gamevance.com\chrome\gvtextlinks.jar
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\textlinks@gamevance.com\chrome.manifest
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\textlinks@gamevance.com\components\gvtlf.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\textlinks@gamevance.com\components\gvtlf.xpt
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Extensions\{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}\textlinks@gamevance.com\install.rdf
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hnhgoncokajlafhnhjmccgcmgggiehjm\gvtl.js
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hnhgoncokajlafhnhjmccgcmgggiehjm\manifest.json
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hnhgoncokajlafhnhjmccgcmgggiehjm\npgvtl.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\ars.cfg
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\gamevance32.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\gamevancelib32.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\gvtl.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\gvun.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Gamevance Games\icon.ico


Next, the program creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Gamevance" = "C:\Program Files\Gamevance Games\gamevance32.exe a"

It also creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\GamevanceText.DLL\"" = "GamevanceText"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\GamevanceText.DLL\"AppID"= "{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0ED403E8-470A-4a8a-85A4-D7688CFE39A3}\InprocServer32\"" = "C:\Program Files\Gamevance Games\gamevancelib32.dll"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0ED403E8-470A-4a8a-85A4-D7688CFE39A3}\InprocServer32\"ThreadingModel" = "Apartment"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0ED403E8-470A-4a8a-85A4-D7688CFE39A3}\"" = "Gamevance"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\VersionIndependentProgID\"" = "GamevanceText.Linker"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\TypeLib\"" = "{014C4232-6904-47B9-9144-7E0FB7277444}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\ProgID\"" = "GamevanceText.Linker.1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\InprocServer32\"" = "C:\Program Files\Gamevance Games\gvtl.dll"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\InprocServer32\"ThreadingModel" = "Apartment"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\"" = "Gamevance Text"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GamevanceText.Linker\CurVer\"" = "GamevanceText.Linker.1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GamevanceText.Linker\CLSID\"" = "{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GamevanceText.Linker\"" = "Gamevance Text"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GamevanceText.Linker.1\CLSID\"" = "{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\GamevanceText.Linker.1\"" = "Gamevance Text"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0ED403E8-470A-4a8a-85A4-D7688CFE39A3}\"" = "Gamevance"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0ED403E8-470A-4a8a-85A4-D7688CFE39A3}\"NoExplorer" = 0x00000001
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\"" = "Gamevance Text"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{beaC7DC8-E106-4C6A-931E-5A42E7362883}\"NoExplorer" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Gamevance\"DisplayName" = "Gamevance"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Gamevance\"UninstallString" = "C:\Program Files\Gamevance Games\gvun.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Gamevance\"DisplayIcon" = "C:\Program Files\Gamevance Games\gvun.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_STISVC\0000\Control\"ActiveService" = "stisvc"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"maxdday" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"maxtoday" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"les" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"uid" = "[UID STRING]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"ct" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"ci" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"cid" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"sc1u" = "http://links.gamevance.net/common.php?p="
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"d" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"esint" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"domfqc" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"domfqt" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"sc2u" = "http://links.gamevance.net/keywords-cli.php?p="
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"nos2" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"domfqcl" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"scr1" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"eu" = "[BINARY DATA]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\gvtl\"eus" = "[BINARY DATA]"


The program then highlights keywords on random web pages. When one of those keywords is hovered over with the mouse, a pop-up advertisement is displayed. If a keyword is clicked, a new browser window opens with an advertisement.
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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
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Removal Tool

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


How to reduce the risk of infection
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FOR BUSINESS USERS
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Identifying and submitting suspect files
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Removal Tool

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How to reduce the risk of infection
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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.