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SiteAdware - Not a Virus, But Poses Risks to Privacy

Posted on 10 December 2009 under Rogue Programs

1. What is SiteAdware?

Even if SiteAdware says it can remove viruses, spyware and other threats, do not believe it lies. Computer can get infected with SiteAdware with the "help" of Trojans or fake video codec. What really happens after SiteAdware has occupied your computer?

The most corresponding behavior of all rogue programs - the assault of corrupt security warning messages. SiteAdware in this case does not pass. Warnings named Spyware Alert! or Infiltration Alert! alert user of a virus attack, non-compliant computer security standards, the lack of private data protection and recommends user to block these attacks and to make computer safe by registering (purchasing) SiteAdware.

SiteAdware is closely related to fake Windows Security Center, which is used as a rogue marketing tool. Since the faked Security Center version is practically identical compared with original one, SiteAdware victims are being tricked into unnecessarily transferred money.

Whatever you do, do not believe SiteAdware promises and do not make any credit card transactions. If you accidentally purchased the program, contact the bank issuing credit card and ask for cash return, explaining that you've been deceived.

2. SiteAdware screen shot:


3. How to remove SiteAdware:

  1. Internet connection might be disabled or Internet browser might be blocked by SiteAdware, so it won't be possible to download any files to infected computer. In this case please download all files required for SiteAdware removal to another computer and then transfer them on the infected one using CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  2. To remove SiteAdware download Spyware Doctor and install the program (for the installation guide click here). Before installation, make sure all other programs and windows are closed.
  3. After the installation, computer scan should be started automatically. If so, please move to the next step. If not, click "Status" on the left side menu and press "Scan Now" button to run computer scanner as shown in the picture below:

  4. After the scan has been completed and scan results have been generated, press "Fix Checked" button to remove SiteAdware.

  5. Restart the computer to complete SiteAdware removal procedure.

4. SiteAdware files:


5. Hijackthis entries:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SiteAdware.exe] C:\Program Files\SiteAdware Software\SiteAdware\SiteAdware.exe