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Should I remove AdwareAlert?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
76% remove it24% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Reach 0.0004%

Versions

VersionDistribution
4.0.3258 20.00%
4.0.3181 20.00%
4.0.3107 20.00%
1.9.3021 20.00%
1.9.2973 20.00%

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AdwareAlert

What is AdwareAlert?

This is a rouge anti-adware program from AdwareAlert.com Inc. made to look like it will scan for and remove adware from user's PC.

About  (from C-Net Media)

AdWareAlert scans your computer for hidden parasites and removes them permanently. New detections are sent out whenever there are new threats discovered. Our advanced system cleaner works to repair and correct errors caused by ad and spywares and tweaks your PC for optimal performance.

Overview

AdwareAlert is a program developed by C-Net Media. The most used version is 4.0.3258, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is AdwareAlert.srv.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 4 files and is usually about 4.58 MB (4,803,726 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows XP. While about 82% of users of AdwareAlert come from the United States, it is also popular in Nicaragua and Israel.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in AdwareAlert.
AdwareAlert.srv.exe (2fb28abeefbfc3da3d70bc40fbd6f791) has been flagged by the following 26 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2012.08.02 Win-AppCare/Antispyware.315392
Avira AntiVir 7.11.38.130 SPR/Tool.315392.59
avast! 2014.9-130829 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
Bitdefender 1.0.20.1205 Application.Generic.348163
CAT-QuickHeal 8.13.12.00 FraudTool.AntiSpyware.kz.n4 (Not a Virus)
Clam AntiVirus 0.98/18155 Trojan.AntiSpyCheck
Comodo Security 13117 Application.Win32.AdWare.AntiSpyware.~A
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0241 Adware.Sguide.10
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.13.08.29.04 Virus.Win32.Spyware!IK
ESET-NOD32 7.7347 Win32/Adware.AntiSpyware2008
Fortinet FortiGate 8/29/2013 Riskware/MalwareRomovalBot
F-Secure 11.2013-29-08_5 Application.Generic.348163
G Data 13.8.22 Application.Generic.348163
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.1.1.122.0 Virus.Win32.Spyware
Jiangmin KV130829 Trojan/AntiSpyware.b
K7 AntiVirus 13.145.7409 Adware
McAfee 5600.7181 generic!bg.ged
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7181 generic!bg.ged
Norman 10.20130829 W32/Suspicious_Gen2.IRQVJ
Panda Antivirus 13.08.29.04 Application/AntiSpyware
Sophos 4.79 Mal/Agent-TE
Symantec 8/29/2013 rev. 5 Trojan.Gen
The Hacker 6.8.0.8.241 Trojan/AntiSpyware.is
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.241 TROJ_GEN.R4FC3CB
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.18.2 Riskware.AntiSpyware.gx
VIPRE Antivirus 12454 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 26 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.adwarealert.com
Help link: www.adwarealert.com/support.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AdwareAlert\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{885D3AA7-97D2-436E-9CDD-38F900ABEB19}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.58 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by AdwareAlert

Program executable:AdwareAlert.srv.exe (Malware detected)
Name:PIE Service
Path:C:\Program Files\AdwareAlert\AdwareAlert.srv.exe
MD5:2fb28abeefbfc3da3d70bc40fbd6f791
  • TCL.dll (by TinyTcl) - TinyTcl

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Service
  • AdwareAlert.srv.exe runs as a service named 'AdwareAlert Scanning Engine' (AdwareAlertSrv) "Scans your computers for errors that could impair performance".

How do I remove AdwareAlert?

Quickly and completely remove AdwareAlert from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall AdwareAlert from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AdwareAlert, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AdwareAlert.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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OS VERSIONS
Win Vista (SP2) 60%
Win 7 (SP1) 20%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 76%
Keep it 24%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 60.00%
Windows XP 20.00%
Windows 7 20.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 60.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.00%
Windows 7 Professional 20.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.82%
  Nicaragua 9.09%
  Israel 9.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 75.00%
Toshiba 25.00%
Common models
AWARD_ AWRDACPI 25.00%
Dell Inspiron 530 25.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305D 25.00%
Dell Vostro 1015 25.00%

comments1 comment

user comment
expert comment
Tim (Expert)over a year ago
C-Net Media operates in a grey area. Their products are not trojans nor are they considered to be first-tier products in their field. Instead of focusing their efforts on software development, instead they focus on affiliate marketing. If you click on the affiliate link on any C-Net Media web site, you will find various promos that include statements like "Join Our Affiliate Program And Earn 75% Profit!"