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What is RinoReader?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that RinoReader is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by RinoReader?

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:


and this warning during install:


How did RinoReader get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove RinoReader?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of RinoReader?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes RinoReader completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this adware application.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the RinoReader adware. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:

O23 - Service: mhg - Unknown owner - c:\windows\mhg.exeO23 - Service: mmhg - Unknown owner - c:\windows\mmhg.exe
You may see these signs in FRST logs:

 () C:\Windows\mhg.exe () C:\Windows\mmhg.exe R2 mhg; c:\windows\mhg.exe [417792 2015-12-15] () [File not signed] R2 mmhg; c:\windows\mmhg.exe [408576 2015-12-15] () [File not signed] C:\Windows\mhg.dat C:\Windows\mmhg.exe C:\Windows\mhg.exe C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RinoReader C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReaderRinoReader (HKLM-x32\...\RinoReader) (Version: 0.1 - RinoReader)
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)---------------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader       Adds the file pdfium.dll"="05/03/2015 10:37, 9172992 bytes, A       Adds the file PdfiumViewer.dll"="05/03/2015 10:37, 60416 bytes, A       Adds the file RinoReader.exe"="23/04/2015 17:55, 238592 bytes, A       Adds the file RinoReader.exe.config"="11/03/2015 16:25, 193 bytes, A       Adds the file uninst.exe"="15/12/2015 12:21, 136942 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RinoReader       Adds the file RinoReader.lnk"="15/12/2015 12:21, 1067 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstall.lnk"="15/12/2015 12:21, 1045 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Windows       Adds the file mhg.dat"="15/12/2015 12:21, 631808 bytes, A       Adds the file mhg.exe"="15/12/2015 12:21, 417792 bytes, A       Adds the file mmhg.exe"="15/12/2015 12:21, 408576 bytes, ARegistry details [View: All details] (Selection)------------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\RinoReader.exe]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\RinoReader.exe"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\RinoReader]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\RinoReader.exe"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "RinoReader"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "0.1"       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "RinoReader"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\uninst.exe"       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.rinoreader.com"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\mhg]       "Description"="REG_SZ", "mhg"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "mhg"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "c:\windows\mhg.exe"       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16       "WOW64"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\mmhg]       "Description"="REG_SZ", "mmhg"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "mmhg"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "c:\windows\mmhg.exe"       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16       "WOW64"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\mhg]       "00"="REG_SZ", "mXBqnag="       "01"="REG_SZ", "mG5rg6o="       "02"="REG_SZ", "mm5qhresCGdDZdA9iBxp5gHtdro="       "04"="REG_SZ", "mW5rgw=="    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\RinoReader]       "Version"="REG_SZ", "0.1"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 15/12/2015Scan Time: 12:25Logfile: mbamRinoReader.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: Database: v2015.12.15.02Rootkit Database: v2015.12.07.01License: PremiumMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: EnabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x64File System: NTFSUser: {username}Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 312242Time Elapsed: 4 min, 29 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: EnabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 2Trojan.Downloader, C:\Windows\mhg.exe, 3172, Delete-on-Reboot, [fe60eeb7008b61d5544b74b61fe234cc]Trojan.Downloader, C:\Windows\mmhg.exe, 3972, Delete-on-Reboot, [c6983f667a116bcbd2a7d340639e7d83]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 6Trojan.Downloader, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\mhg, Quarantined, [fe60eeb7008b61d5544b74b61fe234cc], Trojan.Downloader, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\mmhg, Quarantined, [c6983f667a116bcbd2a7d340639e7d83], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\RinoReader, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\APP PATHS\RinoReader.exe, Quarantined, [c29cdbca404b30065060644bf211ad53], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\APP PATHS\RinoReader.exe, Quarantined, [1c42e0c5632825110aa6505f7c877a86], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, HKCU\SOFTWARE\RinoReader, Quarantined, [b9a5c1e4aae1270f5659d8d7db2825db], Registry Values: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 2PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RinoReader, Quarantined, [a5b9a6ff9eedc96d644a96199f649d63], Files: 10Trojan.Downloader, C:\Windows\mhg.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [fe60eeb7008b61d5544b74b61fe234cc], Trojan.Downloader, C:\Windows\mmhg.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [c6983f667a116bcbd2a7d340639e7d83], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\setup.exe, Quarantined, [bea0cdd8bfcc2d09ec0df934d22ee719], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\RinoReader.exe, Quarantined, [d08e00a5b9d249ed48b1df4eda26e719], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\RinoReader.exe.config, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\pdfium.dll, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\PdfiumViewer.dll, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Program Files (x86)\RinoReader\uninst.exe, Quarantined, [500e495cf79481b5ab01efc0e122bb45], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RinoReader\Uninstall.lnk, Quarantined, [a5b9a6ff9eedc96d644a96199f649d63], PUP.Optional.RinoReader, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RinoReader\RinoReader.lnk, Quarantined, [a5b9a6ff9eedc96d644a96199f649d63], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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