Social2Search Ads

Social2Search Ads Description

Computer users that favor social media when it comes to choosing a fast and reliable method for staying connect to their friends may be interested in the Social2Search software. The Social2Search program is advertised as 'a social search engine that gives you access to the knowledge of your friends.' In other words, the Social2Search software allows you to use a custom search engine at to browse content that your contacts like, share and upload to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+. The Social2Search application works as a browser extension that might change your default search engine and homepage settings to customize your Internet experience. The idea behind the Social2Search extension may sound great, but you should avoid installing it.

Security researchers reveal that the Social2Search program is a custom build of the Wajam badware, which is designed to avoid detection and redirect users to promotional content and unlicensed online shops. The Social2Search browser extension may arrive on your PC bundled with third-party software like PileFile Reminder and NewYTadBlocker. Users may be suggested that the Social2Search application is a TRUSTe certified program, but they should know that is not true. The Social2Search app is adware and may change your DNS configuration to redirect you to potentially compromised pages, and generate pop-up and pop-under windows. The Social2Search adware might affect modern browsers that run on the Gecko, Trident and WebKit rendering engines. The Social2Search adware may use an extensive infrastructure of run-time DLLs to support its activity, and your computer may not operate properly. Moreover, the Social2Search adware may show notifications on your desktop, require access to your social media feeds and may wish to manage your contacts list. Security investigators remind users that the Social2Search extension is adware and should not be granted access to information and content. You can purge the Social2Search adware by installing a renowned anti-malware solution that can delete all files associated with Wajam and Social2Search.

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Technical Information

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File System Details

Social2Search Ads creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Socia2Sea Browser Enhancer 72
2 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Socia2Sear 50
3 ypchrp.dll 12,285,440 2c9a341366270303ae37321049a7528a 37
4 qwuswj.dll 23,395,840 5c11e7c4609cb6ff996af031dce84c89 36
5 nhzcht.dll 23,395,840 59d6d9f1fca9b70926adbeebae9a0b7d 35
6 bxjxhb.dll 12,285,440 253e5e8aef6fc420aea45f8fbb1fe712 34
7 9f56b0a8f7b65e846c19f1f8668d6fc5.exe 1,469,181 ad788db42832297bb00a680980b6b9c6 33
8 846833b4384e2f879358f3c05ad7da4b.exe 724,922 7f8ce47e7e130d23a5a790ccf473c018 32
9 33b0c657096597030b3972550a59d8f2.exe 437,760 5b0a7855f708bada1d9255af851a8efa 31
10 1138970079f75c9c397c822bbb4da5a8.exe 1,264,190 3e47902fd49ba0920709cb5d4c21bd50 30
11 %TEMP%\DAZDTR9OP\social2search.exe 8,303,664 477c59a94855651e8ea7e3fbff88b8d9 30
12 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Socia2S Browser Enhancer 24
13 %PROGRAMFILES%\22c750daff012a96601f6e93b57137fe\cb43addc17b12deb89a48aed5be12e3f.exe 5,580,800 8fd5887ef94a53dbcf660da6d7e0bd8e 4
14 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social2Se 3
15 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Socia2Searc 2
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Registry Details

Social2Search Ads creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\EdpDomStorage\
SOFTWARE\Social2Sear Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Social2Sear Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\EdpDomStorage\
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Social2S Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Social2S Browser Enhancer
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\EdpDomStorage\
SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Socia2Sea Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Socia2Sea Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\EdpDomStorage\
SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Socia2Se Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Socia2Se Browser Enhancer
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Socia2S Browser Enhancer
SOFTWARE\Socia2S Browser Enhancer

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