What is Application?
Application is the name of an app that is known to be functioning as adware. It means that it serves various advertisements on the user interface and (or) visited websites. Usually, users install adware on their browsers or computers accidentally (unintentionally).
For this reason, Application and other apps of this type are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is noteworthy that adware-type apps can be designed to collect certain information. If there is a program with the name "Application" ("Application version 0.2.9" or similar) on the list of installed programs, then it should be removed/uninstalled from the system.
When users have programs like Application installed on their computers (or web browsers), they are forced to see unwanted advertisements that usually are used to promote dubious websites or distribute other potentially unwanted applications (e.g., browser hijackers).
In other words, by clicking those ads users open shady websites or cause unwanted applications. A couple of examples of ads that apps like Application generate are banners, coupons, surveys, various pop-up ads. It is worthwhile that ads can cause unwanted downloads, installations only when users click on them.
It is very likely that Application collects some information as well. It is common for PUAs to be capable of reading IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited sites, geolocations, or even sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers, or other personal data.
It is not uncommon that adware developers misuse gathered data for marketing purposes, or they monetize collected data by selling it to third parties (potentially cybercriminals). Therefore, adware users are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft, have issues with online privacy, web browsing safety, or encounter other issues.
|Name||Ads by Application|
|Detection Names (Installer)||Avast (Win64:Malware-gen), AVG (Win64:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GenCBL.AAR), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.Win64.Agent.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Glupteba!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (Application)||Avast (Win64:Malware-gen), AVG (Win64:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GenCBL.AAR), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.Win64.Agent.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.B!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of adware-type applications are Clear History, SystemMonitor, and Werise Tweaker. What most applications of this type have in common is that they are designed to feed users with various intrusive advertisements.
It is important to mention that apps of this type can be designed not only to generate ads, gather data but also to promote fake search engines (their addresses) by changing the browser's settings. In one way or another, software of this type should never be installed on the operating system or a browser.
How did adware install on my computer?
Research shows that Application is distributed through a download website for a cracked (pirated) version of Adobe Photoshop. It is noteworthy that it is not legal to use pirated software or activate installed licensed software with 'cracking' tools.
Another popular way to distribute PUAs is to bundle them with other programs, to integrate unwanted apps in downloaders, installers of other programs. It is common that users finish downloads, installations without checking downloaders, installers for bundled apps. In such cases, they agree to download or install any additionally included apps.
Usually, unwanted offers can be declined using checkboxes or settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") that downloaders, installers have. Another way to trick users into causing unwanted downloads, installations is to design ads to run certain scripts after they are clicked.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not recommended to download (or install) programs or files via third-party downloaders (or installers), torrents clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks, from unofficial web pages, and so on. The safest sources for downloading files, programs are official websites and direct links.
Also, it is important not to leave "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings (or checkboxes) that certain downloaders and installers have. It is common that those settings can be used to opt out unwanted offers (decline offers to download or install unwanted apps).
Furthermore, it is advisable not to click on advertisements while visiting questionable websites. Quite often, these ads are used to promote untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they can cause unwanted downloads, installations. A browser should not have any unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on it.
The operating system should not have any software of this kind installed on it as well. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady website used to distribute the installer for Application adware:
Screenshot of the installer (first installation step):
Screenshot of the installer (second installation step):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Application?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries (e.g., "Application version 0.2.9") and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Application redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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