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What is MarketAdvior?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MarketAdvior 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 MarketAdvior?

You may see these warnings during install:

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this task in your Scheduled Tasks:

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and this entry in your list of installed Programs and Features:

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How did MarketAdvior get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was installed by a bundler.

How do I remove MarketAdvior?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of MarketAdvior?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes MarketAdvior completely.
  • This PUP creates a scheduled task. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the MarketAdvior adware. It would have blocked the installer before it became too late.

 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 

(Python Software Foundation -> Python Software Foundation) C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\python.exe
HKCU\...\Run: [MarketAdvior] => C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\pythonw.exe [95760 2019-07-08] (Python Software Foundation -> Python Software Foundation) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {9ECC5596-05B7-452A-BCA0-C45FB1F0F59B} - System32\Tasks\MarketAdvior2 => C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\pythonw.exe [95760 2019-07-08] (Python Software Foundation -> Python Software Foundation) <==== ATTENTION
C:\Windows\system32\Tasks\MarketAdvior2
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Python
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior

MarketAdvior (HKCU\...\MarketAdvior) (Version:  - )

Significant changes made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior
       Adds the file load.bin"="10/28/2019 7:22 PM, 715163 bytes, A
       Adds the file load.pyc"="10/28/2019 7:22 PM, 5457 bytes, A
       Adds the file mcfckchjhehcdgoeihjjjbkcdpdfmloa.crx"="10/28/2019 7:22 PM, 1295189 bytes, A
       Adds the file norepair.txt"="10/28/2019 7:22 PM, 1 bytes, A
       Adds the file pb2url.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file pbid.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file pbsent.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 4 bytes, A
       Adds the file pburl.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file pi.txt"="11/7/2019 8:42 AM, 2 bytes, A
       Adds the file subid.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 55693 bytes, A
       Adds the file uuid.txt"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 36 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python
       Adds the file _asyncio.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 54288 bytes, A
       Adds the file _bz2.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 72720 bytes, A
       Adds the file _ctypes.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 107536 bytes, A
       Adds the file _decimal.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 226320 bytes, A
       Adds the file _elementtree.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 170000 bytes, A
       Adds the file _hashlib.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 31760 bytes, A
       Adds the file _lzma.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:31 PM, 184848 bytes, A
       Adds the file _msi.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 32784 bytes, A
       Adds the file _multiprocessing.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 25104 bytes, A
       Adds the file _overlapped.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 35856 bytes, A
       Adds the file _queue.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 24080 bytes, A
       Adds the file _socket.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 66576 bytes, A
       Adds the file _sqlite3.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 66576 bytes, A
       Adds the file _ssl.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 104464 bytes, A
       Adds the file libcrypto-1_1.dll"="7/8/2019 6:28 PM, 2219552 bytes, A
       Adds the file libssl-1_1.dll"="7/8/2019 6:28 PM, 537120 bytes, A
       Adds the file LICENSE.txt"="7/8/2019 6:24 PM, 13023 bytes, A
       Adds the file pyexpat.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 166416 bytes, A
       Adds the file python.exe"="7/8/2019 6:31 PM, 97296 bytes, A
       Adds the file python3.dll"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 58896 bytes, A
       Adds the file python37._pth"="7/8/2019 6:36 PM, 79 bytes, A
       Adds the file python37.dll"="7/8/2019 6:29 PM, 3606032 bytes, A
       Adds the file python37.zip"="8/25/2019 9:55 PM, 2664675 bytes, A
       Adds the file pythonw.exe"="7/8/2019 6:31 PM, 95760 bytes, A
       Adds the file select.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 23056 bytes, A
       Adds the file sqlite3.dll"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 1002000 bytes, A
       Adds the file unicodedata.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 1064976 bytes, A
       Adds the file vcruntime140.dll"="5/22/2019 8:32 PM, 80128 bytes, A
       Adds the file winsound.pyd"="7/8/2019 6:30 PM, 24080 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python37\comtypes_cache
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file MarketAdvior2"="11/7/2019 8:41 AM, 3364 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MarketAdvior]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "MarketAdvior"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\pythonw.exe" "load.pyc" ml2"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MarketAdvior]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\uninstall.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "MarketAdvior"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\uninstall.exe"

Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/7/19
Scan Time: 9:33 AM
Log File: 3cb589cc-0139-11ea-bb5b-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.0.4.49
Components Version: 1.0.717
Update Package Version: 1.0.14620
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 234232
Threats Detected: 33
Threats Quarantined: 33
Time Elapsed: 9 min, 54 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Disabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 5
Adware.PBot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\MarketAdvior, Quarantined, 502, 758391, 1.0.14620, , ame, 
Adware.PBot, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\MarketAdvior2, Quarantined, 502, 758395, , , , 
Adware.PBot, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9ECC5596-05B7-452A-BCA0-C45FB1F0F59B}, Quarantined, 502, 758395, , , , 
Adware.PBot, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{9ECC5596-05B7-452A-BCA0-C45FB1F0F59B}, Quarantined, 502, 758395, , , , 
Adware.PBot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MarketAdvior, Quarantined, 502, 758393, 1.0.14620, , ame, 

Registry Value: 2
Adware.PBot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|MARKETADVIOR, Quarantined, 502, 758392, 1.0.14620, , ame, 
Adware.PBot, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9ECC5596-05B7-452A-BCA0-C45FB1F0F59B}|PATH, Quarantined, 502, 758390, 1.0.14620, , ame, 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 26
Adware.PBot, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\MarketAdvior2, Quarantined, 502, 758395, 1.0.14620, , ame, 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\LICENSE.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\python37.zip, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\python\python37._pth, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\load.bin, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\load.pyc, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\mcfckchjhehcdgoeihjjjbkcdpdfmloa.crx, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\norepair.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\pb2url.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\pbid.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\pbsent.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\pburl.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\pi.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\subid.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\MarketAdvior\uuid.txt, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\load.pyc.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\norepair.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pb2url.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pbid.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pbsent.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pburl.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pi.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\subid.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\uuid.txt.lnk, Quarantined, 502, 758387, , , , 
Adware.PBot.NSIS, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\MARKETADVIOR.EXE, Quarantined, 14504, 755474, 1.0.14620, 5F270EE5E6CD32792F231B6B, dds, 00446792

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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