Exterminate It! Antimalware

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Known threats:638,740 Last Update:April 26, 09:45

Testimonials

After scanning my computer many times using big name anti-virus and malware programs I still had several problems. Finally Exterminate It found multiple infections from NetSky. I sent Exterminate It a sample and the next day I received an e-mail instructing me to update and rescan. After following the instructions ZAP the worm/trojan was gone. My computer seems to be completly back to normal now. Good Job Exterminate It!

Melvin

ConvertAd

How to Remove ConvertAd from Your Computer

To completely purge ConvertAd from your computer, you need to delete the files, folders, Windows registry keys and registry values associated with ConvertAd. These files, folders and registry elements are respectively listed in the Files, Folders, Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the ConvertAd registry keys and registry values,
see How to Remove ConvertAd from the Windows Registry.

For instructions on deleting the ConvertAd files and folders,
see How to Delete ConvertAd Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)

How to Delete ConvertAd Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with ConvertAd are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the ConvertAd files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.
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[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\895161FF-5D86-4298-9A86-D40F7622282F
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\ba7afab6-7bf5-4892-9907-a11b459d8ebf1491443184
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\03D40274-1448212639-0530-1406-7F0700080009

How to Remove ConvertAd from the Windows Registry^

The Windows registry stores important system information such as system preferences, user settings and installed programs details as well as the information about the applications that are automatically run at start-up. Because of this, spyware, malware and adware often store references to their own files in your Windows registry so that they can automatically launch every time you start up your computer.

To effectively remove ConvertAd from your Windows registry, you must delete all the registry keys and values associated with ConvertAd, which are listed in the Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

IMPORTANT: Because the registry is a core component of your Windows system, it is strongly recommended that you back up the registry before you begin deleting keys and values. For information about backing up the Windows registry, refer to the Registry Editor online help.

To remove the ConvertAd registry keys and values:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK.
    The Registry Editor window opens. This window consists of two panes. The left pane displays folders that represent the registry keys arranged in hierarchical order. The right one lists the registry values of the currently selected registry key.
  3. To delete each registry key listed in the Registry Keys section, do the following:
    • Locate the key in the left pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders according to the path indicated in the Registry Keys section. For example, if the path of a registry key is
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\FolderA\FolderB\KeyName1
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders.
    • Select the key name indicated at the end of the path (KeyName1 in the example above).
    • Right-click the key name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
  4. To delete each registry value listed in the Registry Values section, do the following:
    • Display the value in the right pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders in the left pane according to the path indicated in the Registry Values section and selecting the specified key name. For example, if the path of a registry value is
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\FolderA\FolderB\KeyName2,valueC=
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders and select the KeyName2 key to display the valueC value in the right pane.
    • In the right pane, select the value name indicated after a comma at the end of the path (valueC in the example above).
    • Right-click the value name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FishjaneSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\NUIns
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ginoquci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FirefoxDL
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\servervo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\EverbeanSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rijufoze
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gyciteli
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zigipyro
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zizusyju
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rizyqibe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hidekoqe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\jimocoso
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fimevebo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\keneqiwe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gopibeko
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\woforemu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LegassSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hybeduhizbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dejugyqu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sovybygyzbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bohihozy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rocufyky
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dowidoly
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rofyxidezbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pukuhekyzbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FootperSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\qywyhozezbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\cepowoxy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pypyhigizbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gemeloki
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fyfolycy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ryveqopy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\nimybibi
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\StanduckSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tokypoqo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xefoqotezbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bixofylizbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\cocokuse
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\copiheze
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hyverumu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\comyninu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\totyseku
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wugizunuzbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dogyquby
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AntperSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\deluxewo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\qotevydu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vyzequwu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\suhuminizbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gogyrygu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hisotiqozbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vomokuqo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sipoqowu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pojilupu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fosukuby
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bupevixo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\joqenobi
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vypopigi
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\nikosodu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\voxomisi
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\suqowebu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hepiqevo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bogonehe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xoperoze
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rywocohy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vebokyqu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hycybumi
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tygixyzy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\meguqysy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vevisyde
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sylixixu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zozygipy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wyriroso
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sodurufo
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pumuqylu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bogyjyqu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\jefusocu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\qyrisyry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\citefiky
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ginomede
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xomucoqu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zonocuco
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\rurojehe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\jydicotu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\juziliby
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TooltonySU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zupetelu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\mohoreho
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hobydicy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BallcineSU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xoxufewe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fomydubu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zufukyco
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\humywimy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dihylezy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xivuqopy
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xefenubozbt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\zejytose
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pusyqyhi
Registry Values
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ConvertAd=[%LOCAL_APPDATA%]\ConvertAd\ConvertAd.exe
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]ConvertAd="[%LOCAL_APPDATA%]\ConvertAd\ConvertAd.exe"

PUA

These are programs that are being installed on the system often without a user's knowledge or approval.

Be Aware of the Following PUA Threats:

FLVRunner, StatFoobar, SystemMight, TermTrident, TicnoSearch.

How Did My PC Get Infected with ConvertAd?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with ConvertAd:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like ConvertAd. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like ConvertAd.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including ConvertAd, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting ConvertAd^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with ConvertAd:

PC is working very slowly

ConvertAd can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with ConvertAd.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

ConvertAd can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. ConvertAd may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

ConvertAd may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

ConvertAd may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.