Adware Helpers

Adware Helpers is a generic name for adware-type applications used by multiple AVs

Adware Helpers
Adware Helpers is a potentially unwanted program and malware that can display ads, hijack browsers and also proliferate other malware

Adware Helpers is a detection name of various adware programs that may be used to perform a variety of different tasks on the host machine. Potentially unwanted applications that are marked in such a way can vary greatly – some might possess browser hijacking capabilities, while others might be much more malicious and gain root access to the infected device. Therefore, Adware Helpers virus should never be ignored, as, in some cases, this threat can be just as bad as malware.

The main goal of Adware Helpers is to deliver users advertisements while they browse the internet via Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any other browser. Ads are one of the main ways to monetize for application developers, although, in case of adware, the delivered commercial content is not always safe, and may result in personal information disclosure to unknown parties, installation of other PUPs/malware, monetary loss due to frequently encountered scams,[1] and much more.

Name  Adware Helpers 
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program, malware 
Infiltration  Most of the PUPs are delivered with the help of software bundle packages, installed as fake updates, or deliberately downloaded by users who do not know the true purpose of these deceptive apps
Dangers  Loss of money due to encountered scams, installation of other PUPs/malware, fraud, sensitive data disclosure 
Symptoms  Increased amount of advertisements on all visited websites, changed web browser settings, redirects to suspicious sites, frequent encounters of online content that claims virus infections, and asks to call alleged tech support, etc.
Termination  You can attempt to get rid of adware manually as directed in the instructions below, although we highly recommend using anti-malware software for the purpose 
System fix Perform a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner – it can fix damaged system files and remediate the computer, increasing its performance and speed

Adware Helpers, among many other potentially unwanted programs, is usually installed unintentionally, mostly through the bundled software installers. Typically, a few apps are packed into a freeware installer that users download, and merely do not notice the optional components [hidden] inside. Additionally, Adware Helpers virus may also be installed unintentionally after being tricked by an attractive commercial or a fake Flash/Java update prompt.

The typical symptoms of Adware Helpers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Intrusive pop-ups, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, and other commercial content is present on all visited websites;
  • The homepage, new tab address and the search engine altered to a customized one;
  • Web browser search results the browser returns are not genuine, and are filled with sponsored links;
  • Unknown extensions installed on the web browser without permission;
  • Redirects lead to suspicious and unknown websites filled with ads, as well as scam messages;
  • The browser (and in some cases, computer) operation speed is diminished, etc.

It is also worth mentioning that plenty of background activities are often associated with Adware Helpers, which include information gathering. A typical adware program is set to collect the IP address, web browsing history, Internet Service Provider, geolocation, links clicked, sites visited, and other anonymous data with the help of such technologies like Flash cookies, web beacons,[2] pixels, etc. This data is later used to deliver personalized ads and might be sold to third-parties.

However, as mentioned above, the presence of Adware Helpers might indicate that your system is infected much worse than you might think, as some instances of the parasite are known to inject malicious processes into the computer. These can ensure that the app reinstalls itself, collects personal information, sends spam, and performs other activities on the infected computer.

Adware Helpers generic
Adware Helpers is a generic name given by multiple AV providers to a set of potentially unwanted programs or malware

If anything, Adware Helpers removal will improve your web browsing experience – ads that pop-up seemingly out of nowhere will be gone. Depending on the severity of the infection, however, the process might not be as simple as it seems, as Adware Helpers may be a rootkit[3] or another persistent type of malware, such as Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.

In such a case, you can only remove Adware Helpers with powerful anti-malware software and then use Reimage Reimage Cleaner to repair all the system damage. If the case of the infection is mild, you can also attempt to terminate it manually, as per our instructions below.

Deceptive infiltration is typical to adware programs

Adware infiltration is often deceptive, although mostly initiated by users themselves. The automatic intrusion of PUPs may only be possible if there is another malicious program already installed on your system (such as a backdoor). Since not all malware is designed to steal information or lock your personal files (ransomware holds files hostage until a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, making it one of the most devastating computer infections), it can also be employed to divert the HTTP traffic and install other ad-supported apps, resulting in an increased amount of ads.

Thus, the number one thing to remember when dealing with online threats is the way you install your software. For example, going to shady torrent or cracked software sites is not a good idea, as these websites are often booby-trapped with malicious scripts and Trojan downloads. Thus, the best way to avoid adware and malware is by picking a reputable source for downloading applications, such as Google Web Store, Amazon, etc.

If you still think that you need third-parties to download new apps, please be aware that software bundling is often used by such sites. Therefore, during the installation, make sure you never skip steps, read the installation instructions carefully, decline all the offers, and watch out for pre-ticked boxes. Most importantly, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones when prompted, as potentially unwanted components are often hidden behind the latter.

Adware Helpers scams
Those who have Adware Helpers installed encounter online scams more often

Make sure you eliminate Adware Helpers virus as soon as it is discovered

As we mentioned previously, Adware Helpers removal might not be as easy if the type of infection is malware – especially if it is a rootkit. If that is the case, this type of malware might be so persistent that even the re-installation of Windows would not help (some cases were observed where malware roots itself into the system’s kernel[4] – the highest possible permission position). Luckily, such cases are rare, and most next-gen anti-malware programs are capable of dealing with rootkits, as well as other malicious applications.

If you so desire, you can also check our instructions below, and remove Adware Helpers manually. Note that it is only possible when the infection is minor, and no persistence modules were inserted by the infection – such PUPs can be uninstalled via the installed application list.

Once you eliminate Adware Helpers virus, you should also ensure to reset all the installed browsers to ensure intrusive advertisements do not come back.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Reimage Cleaner has a free limited scanner. Reimage Reimage Cleaner offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

This entry was posted on 2020-01-28 at 07:05 and is filed under Adware, Malware, Viruses.