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Should I remove Meteoroids?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,152
United States Rank #17,685
Reach 0.0236%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.40 days
159.21 days >
Average installed length: 83.65 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.7.46 2.71%
2.7.45 23.19%
2.7.44 4.82%
2.7.43 4.52%
2.7.42 0.60%
2.7.41 1.51%
2.7.40 1.20%
2.7.39 3.01%
2.7.38 12.65%
2.7.35 7.83%
2.7.34 0.60%
2.7.31 15.06%
2.7.26 12.05%
2.7.22 10.24%

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Meteoroids

What is Meteoroids?

Part of the Injekt LLC network, Meteoriods is an advertising supported (adware) extension that runs in the context of the user's web browser as well as a process in the background. This adware program is typically bundled by a third-party download manager which bundles potentially unwanted software offers in order to monetize installs. Once running, the software is designed to deliver advertisements to the browser in a number of common formats such as banner, text hyper-links, inline text ads and/or transitional. These ads are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the underlying website on which they appear. Many banners are either injected in the header or footer of the web page or simply replace any legitimate ads the web site already has. Many of the advertisements are considered malvertising since they promote products that could cause harm to the user's PC. A typical promotion is for additional software downloads (including adware and bundlers) as well as price comparison and search ads. In some cases, ad placements may contain links to further information about the ad (by clicking the "About this Ad".)

Additionally, the software communicates with a remote server in order to report back the browsing habits of the user as well as URLs and domains the browser visits so that it can update its advertisements. According to the programs's EULA, "These advertisements may be targeted to queries you make through the browser, the information stored or processed by the software, or other information provided by you or collected from you as a result of your use of the Software."

The installer will also present the user and install 3rd-party offers: "During installation of Meteoroids, you may receive additional offers such as a search toolbar. These offers are optional and you will be given the choice to 'Accept' or 'Skip' the offers. Search toolbar offers may include the option to change your default search, your home page and/or your new tab page."

Overview

The most common release is 2.7.45, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 1.35 MB (1,420,371 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Meteoroids.
MeteoroidsService.exe (a6462e0b1439d9ca7d74dab0752d90bc) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3283 Downloader
AVware 1.5.0.21 Injekt (fs)
ESET-NOD32 8.10676 a variant of MSIL/Adware.PullUpdate.G.gen
G Data 14.11.24 Win32.Adware.AcuteAngle
Malwarebytes v2014.11.21.11 PUP.Optional.Meteroids.A
Sophos 4.98 Pull Update
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.325 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1030
VIPRE Antivirus 34542 Injekt (fs)
Meteoroids has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove Meteoroids.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Acute Angle Solutions
URL: www.downloadmeteoroids.com
Help link: www.downloadmeteoroids.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\meteoroids
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Meteoroids\uninstall.exe /kb=y /ic=1
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 1.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Meteoroids

  • Meteoroids.exe - Meteoroids
  • (Malware detected) MeteoroidsService.exe - Meteoroids Service
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Service
  • MeteoroidsService.exe runs as a service named 'Meteoroids' (Meteoroids).

How do I remove Meteoroids?

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Or, you can uninstall Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids, 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 Meteoroids.
  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 7 (SP1) 61%
Win Vista 1%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.97%
Windows 8 28.83%
Windows Vista 2.40%
Windows XP 1.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32.02%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.13%
Windows 8.1 13.60%
Windows 7 Professional 8.76%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.93%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.71% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 29.71%
  United States 29.39%
  India 9.58%
  Italy 9.58%
  France 7.67%
  Canada 6.07%
  Australia 2.56%
  United Kingdom 2.24%
  Spain 1.60%
  Germany 1.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.53%
Acer 22.89%
Dell 13.86%
ASUS 9.64%
Samsung 6.02%
Toshiba 4.82%
GIGABYTE 4.22%
Lenovo 3.01%
Intel 1.81%
Apple 1.20%
Common models
Positivo Informatica S/A ... 30.46%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.45%
PositivoAG31AP 1.72%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.72%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 1.72%
HP 15 Notebook PC 1.72%

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