Media Control Adware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 11,763
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 16
First Seen: January 31, 2023
Last Seen: September 19, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Media Control application has been identified as adware, meaning that it displays intrusive advertisements. It is not typical for users knowingly to download and install advertising-supported programs. Media Control is not an exception, as it was found to be promoted on a deceptive website.

Potential Consequences of the Media Control Adware Installation

Like most adware, the Media Control is likely to be able to display advertisements designed to lead users to untrustworthy destinations, such as phishing sites, technical support fraudulent pages, download pages for other adware, browser hijackers, etc. These advertisements also may cause unexpected downloads and installations when users interact with them. Examples of websites that the Media Control advertisements may open include 'Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!',' 'TROJAN_2022 and Other Viruses Detected,' and Amazon 'Loyalty Program.'

In addition to displaying intrusive advertisements, the Media Control also may carry the ability to collect browsing-related data. Applications of this type often read and change the user's data on visited websites. The acquired information may then be sold to third parties or used for marketing purposes without users' knowledge or consent.

Signs of Adware Presence on a Computer

One simply way to spot a potential adware activity is unusual pop-up or banner advertisements that appear on your computer screen, even when you're not browsing the Internet. These typically contain advertisements for products related to the one being promoted on the webpage you visited and may redirect you to sites featuring shady or even risky content.

Another common symptom of adware infections is the presence of new browser toolbars on your Web browser, despite never installing them yourself. These toolbars usually contain links to sponsored sites and sometimes spyware components capable of tracking your online activity.

Another key symptom associated with adware and PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) presence is the changes that have been made to the browser's homepage settings, such as URL address, bookmarks, search engines, and others, without your permission or knowledge. These applications will often set a new default search engine onto a user's system that cannot be removed until the source has been identified and removed from the system itself.


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