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Should I remove V-bates?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #32,861
United States Rank #31,894
Reach 0.0039%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 59.04 days
392.84 days >
Average installed length: 206.41 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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What is V-bates?

This adware injects itself into the user's web browser (IE, Chrome and Firefox) and will display out-of context advertising on web sites that are not associated with the software or its affiliate partners. Advertisements will be displayed as banner and video ads, search related ads, transitional and in-text ads and links. The software will also periodically self-update and call home for instructions as well as additional ad feeds and reporting of how the user interacts with the software as well as what domains and web pages the user visits.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The primary executable is named ExtensionUpdaterService.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 3.75 MB (3,932,870 bytes). The installed file ExtensionUpdaterService.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in V-bates.
ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (5a0bf729e1b23b77bb9fec474a1fcb21) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BitCocktail.B
Comodo Security 18301 Application.Win32.BitCocktail.~B
ESET-NOD32 8.9820 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.BitCocktail.B
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.171 TROJ_GEN.F47V0301
PrefHelper.exe (8f0985f985447ea360348002e6923831) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.SearchGuard.B
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.SearchGuard.B
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SearchGuard.B (B)
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.SearchGuard.B
G Data 24 Adware.SearchGuard.B
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SearchGuard.B
nProtect 2014-11-13.01 Adware.SearchGuard.B
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H09KB14
VIPRE Antivirus 34774 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 14 all detections
V-bates has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Wajamu
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\V-bates\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\V-bates\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 3.75 MB

Program filesFiles installed by V-bates

Program executable:ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\V-bates\ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
Additional files:
  • Extension32.dll
  • Extension64.dll
  • (Malware detected) ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
  • InstallerHelper.dll
  • NMHClient.exe
  • (Malware detected) PrefHelper.exe
  • DGChrome.exe - dgchrome
  • NMHClient.json
  • source.crx
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • Extension64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'V-bates' with the class of {21EAF666-26B3-4a3c-ABD0-CA2F5A326744} (V-bates Helper).
  • Extension32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'V-bates' with the class of {21EAF666-26B3-4a3c-ABD0-CA2F5A326744} (V-bates Helper).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • PrefHelper.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named FF Watcher {047ACC18-6D1C-4A44-9029-AAD8CA307DC7}.
  • ExtensionUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'V-bates Updater' (V-bates Updater).

How do I remove V-bates?

You can uninstall V-bates 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program V-bates, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 V-bates.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by V-bates you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.23%
Windows 10 19.48%
Windows Vista 12.99%
Windows XP 1.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.35%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.99%
Windows 8.1 12.99%
Windows 7 Professional 11.69%
Windows 8 5.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.54% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 50.54%
  United States 43.01%
  Australia 5.38%
  France 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.56%
Acer 31.11%
Dell 11.11%
ASUS 6.67%
Lenovo 6.67%
Medion 4.44%
Common models
MEDION MS-7748 3.03%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 1.52%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 1.52%
Samsung R540/R580/R780/SA... 1.52%
Samsung R530/R730/R540 ... 1.52%
Samsung 355V4C/356V4C/344... 1.52%


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