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Should I remove SanctionedMedia?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #49,433
Reach 0.0011%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 247.63 days
958.26 days >
Average installed length: 503.49 days


VersionDistribution 6.67% 6.67% 20.00% 6.67%
1.0.0 60.00%


What is SanctionedMedia?

From the sanctionedmedia.com website:
"SanctionedMedia is a contextual search-based advertising application that allows us and our partners to provide you content and software, free of charge. SanctionedMedia recognizes keywords from your web browser and matches them to relevant products and services from our advertisers. SanctionedMedia delivers a limited number of contextually relevant ads and will never spam you with generic advertisements. A typical user will receive less than 3 ads per day.

The Software consists of interactive Internet applications which perform a variety of communications over the Internet as part of their normal operation. By installing and/or using the Software, you consent to the Software's communication features. Also, you are responsible for any telecommunications or other connectivity charges incurred through your use of the Software.

The Software automatically communicates with White Paw Products’ servers on the Internet to check for updates to the Software, such as bug fixes, patches, enhanced functions, and new versions. By installing the Software, you agree that White Paw Products may upload updates and install them as part of your Software. All such updates to the Software are governed by this License Agreement, unless other license terms are provided with the update. Although White Paw Products uses encryption technology to provide security for the auto update process, White Paw Products is not responsible for the failure of such security measures."

About  (from White Paw Products)

When you use our Services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies.

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  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SanctionedMedia.
Smad.exe (3475b5372e1c2549db3cf7acfbcd6206) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2014.0.3468 Dropper.Generic3
CAT-QuickHeal Trojan.Pakes.pjb
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Win32.Pakes!IK
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan.Win32.Pakes
ESET NOD32 6460 a variant of Win32/Adware.SanctionedMedia
The Hacker Trojan/Pakes.pjb
Vba32 AntiVirus Trojan.Pakes.pjb
VIPRE Antivirus 10463 Trojan.Win32.Pakes
SanctionedMedia 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 SanctionedMedia.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: SanctionedMedia
URL: sanctionedmedia.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SanctionedMedia\Smad
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SanctionedMedia\Smad\Smad.exe" --uninstall
Estimated size: 569 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by SanctionedMedia

Program executable:Smad.exe (Malware detected)
  • Smad.exe - Smad

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • Smad.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Smad' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SanctionedMedia\Smad\Smad.exe".

How do I remove SanctionedMedia?

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Or, you can uninstall SanctionedMedia 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 SanctionedMedia, 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 SanctionedMedia.
  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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Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 8 7%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.00%
Windows Vista 20.00%
Windows XP 13.33%
Windows 8 6.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.33%
Windows Vista Ultimate 13.33%
Windows 10 Home 6.67%
Windows 7 Professional 6.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.54%
  India 7.69%
  Canada 7.69%
  Italy 7.69%
  Finland 3.85%
  Sweden 3.85%
  Netherlands 3.85%
  YE 3.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 45.45%
Acer 36.36%
Toshiba 9.09%
ASUS 9.09%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite P755 7.69%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 7.69%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 7.69%
HP G71 Notebook PC 7.69%
MSI MS-7751 7.69%
Acer AOD255 7.69%


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