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Removal instructions for the Split Files adware

Also Known As: Ads by Split Files
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Split Files?

While inspecting suspicious websites, our researchers found a deceptive page promoting a malicious download assistant. Following installation on our test machine, we learned that it was bundled with a variety of harmful software, including Split Files (alternatively titled Split Files Setup). This application operates as adware and may have additional dangerous functionalities.

Split Files adware installation folder

Split Files adware overview

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It enables the placement of advertisements on various interfaces. This third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, overlays, etc.) promotes online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware. Once clicked on, some intrusive ads can perform downloads/installations without user consent.

It must be mentioned that any genuine content encountered through these adverts is most likely promoted by scammers abusing its affiliate programs in order to obtain illegitimate commissions.

Adware might not run intrusive ad campaigns if certain conditions are unsuitable, e.g., incompatible browser/system specs, particular sites not visited, etc. Even if Split Files does not display advertisements – its presence on a system endangers device and user safety.

Some apps within this classification also have browser-hijacking and/or data-tracking abilities, and this might be true of Split Files. Advertising-supported software usually targets the following data: browsing and search engine histories, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so on. The collected data can be monetized via sale to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.

In summary, the presence of software like Split Files on devices may result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Split Files
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (app) Avast (Win32:AdwareX-gen [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKD.64873454), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HNVL), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Injuke.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Tepfer.RB!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (installer) Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.Generic.32907624), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GenCBL.DIJ), Kaspersky (Trojan-Banker.Win32.Bandra.cyj), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Woreflint.A!cl), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name Split Files Setup (process name may vary)
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.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware examples

We have analyzed thousands of adware-type applications and browser extensions; Page Downloader, IPTV Player, Weekly Stock Loader, Loading Timer – are just some examples.

Advertising-supported software typically appears ordinary and useful. It also promises a wide range of functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases – they are utterly nonoperational. Keep in mind that whether an app's features work – is not an indicator of its legitimacy or safety.

How did Split Files install on my computer?

We downloaded an installer bundled with Split Files from a deceptive webpage. Advertising-supported software is promoted on a variety of misleading (yet potentially legitimate-looking) websites. Most users enter them through redirects caused by misspelled URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

The software can also be bundled with various ordinary programs. Downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushing installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements are used to spread adware as well. When clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it only from official/verified channels. It is essential to approach installation with care, e.g., by reading terms, exploring possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of supplementary apps, extensions, features, etc.

Another recommendation is to exercise caution while browsing since fraudulent and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads may look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).

In case of encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Split Files, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Split Files adware's installation setup:

Official Split Files adware installer

Screenshot of Split Files adware's process on the Windows Task Manager ("Split Files Setup" process name):

Split Files adware process on Task Manager (Split Files Setup - process name)

Screenshot of a website used to promote Split Files adware:

Website promoting Split Files adware

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Quick menu:

Split Files adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Split Files adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Split Files", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Split Files ads), 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:

At time of research, Split Files did not install browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it may be bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing unwanted ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing unwanted ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by split files, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing unwanted ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing unwanted ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by split files removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by split files, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

The presence of adware on a device can diminish the browsing experience and system performance. This software usually has data-tracking abilities – therefore, it is considered to be a threat to user privacy. Adware is designed to display advertisements that typically promote dangerous content, which could cause system infections, financial losses, and other severe issues.

What does adware do?

Adware operates by displaying ads on various interfaces (e.g., visited websites, desktops, etc.). Additionally, some types can cause redirects and gather private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the profit is generated through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, software, products, services, etc. Adware developers might earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Split Files adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and eliminate all the adware-type apps present. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the adware has been manually removed – various components (files) remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, the remaining content can continue to run and cause issues. Hence, advertising-supported software must be eliminated thoroughly.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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