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What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
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Versions

VersionDistribution
1.0.0.0 100.00%

Educational Alt Key

What is Educational Alt Key?

This is a WinCheck/CMI (variant) adware/browser hijacker variant that injects code into the user's web browser (IE, Chrome and Firefox). It is known as an ad-injector, a malicious process that once inside the web browser will hijack existing advertisements of underlying web sites (not associated with the website itself). It will also inject new ads in white space on the site or images that have standard banner sizes. These ads are typically for promoting shopping discount coupons, ads for PC optimizers or bundled PUP offers, or malvertising since it runs on sketchy ad networks.This runs as a startup process called WinCheck in the user's startup registry (Run key) and will execute each time the computer is restarted and the user logs in.

How do you know if you are infected? First, if you have this program installed then this adware is most likely still running. Next, you see ads in the browser that say something like "Ads by WinCheck".

Overview

Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is bnsf8318.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Educational Alt Key.
bnsf8318.exe (48ee58f95c98d57806e262bb8bd25a33) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 537 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.ConvertAd
AhnLab-V3 2015.05.07 Adware/Win32.AdService
ALYac 1.0.1.4 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
AVG 2016.0.3015 Generic_r
Bitdefender 1.0.20.1140 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
Comodo Security 22028 ApplicUnwnt
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.15.08.16.06 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
ESET-NOD32 9.11589 a variant of Win32/Adware.ConvertAd.KX
F-Secure 11.2015-16-08_1 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
G Data 15.8.25 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
MicroWorld-eScan 16.0.0.684 Gen:Variant.Mikey.12584
Panda Antivirus 15.08.16.06 Generic Suspicious
Symantec 8/16/2015 rev. 1 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.228 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H09E315
       View all 15 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\4c4c4544-1429475411-4710-8043-c8c04f484731
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\4C4C4544-1429475411-4710-8043-C8C04F484731\uninstall.exe"

Program filesFiles installed by Educational Alt Key

Program executable:bnsf8318.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\local\4c4c4544-1429475411-4710-8043-c8c04f484731\bnsf8318.exe
MD5:48ee58f95c98d57806e262bb8bd25a33
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • bnsf8318.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WinCheck' which loads as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\4C4C4544-1429475411-4710-8043-C8C04F484731\bnsf8318.exe.

How do I remove Educational Alt Key?

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Or, you can uninstall Educational Alt Key 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 Educational Alt Key, 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 Educational Alt Key.
  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) 50%
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 50.00%
Windows 7 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 50.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  Argentina 20.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
GIGABYTE 50.00%
Dell 50.00%

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