By GoldSparrow in Malware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 6,039
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,759
First Seen: April 18, 2014
Last Seen: September 11, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Sw-sustain is a threat that is used in conjunction with a wide variety of Potentially Unwanted Programs and other potentially unsafe components that may generate advertising revenue. Computer users have complained of typical PUP symptoms on their computers, such as pop-up messages, browser redirects, performance issues and unwanted advertising material. However, after removing many of these PUPs, some have reported that Sw-sustain remains on their computer and cannot be removed as normal. Sw-sustain may have a supporting role in these types of attacks. Certain sources have also reported that Sw-sustain may be linked to rootkits or other types of threats that use more advanced techniques to maintain themselves in a computer and prevent removal of detection. PC security researchers consider that Sw-sustain may represent a significant threat to computer users, due to its potential of endangering their privacy and exposing their computer to potentially harmful content. Because of this, Sw-sustain should be removed at once using a strong anti-malware application that is fully up-to-date.

Preventing the Presence of PUPs, Sw-sustain and Other Threats on Your PC

The best way to prevent Sw-sustain and similar unwanted components from entering your computer is through common sense, following general online safety guidelines and protecting your computer with a reliable security program. As a way to prevent Sw-sustain issues you should:

  • Always protect your computer with a strong anti-malware program, an anti-spam filter and a firewall. Be sure that all of these components are fully up-to-date at all times and that you avoid turning them off. It is common for computer users to turn off their security protection in an attempt to increase their system performance or Internet connection speed. This should be avoided! Security software will not work if computer users deactivate it.
  • Avoid visiting websites containing potentially unsafe content. Typical websites that are used to distribute PUPs may include pornographic websites, file sharing communities and streaming video websites containing pirated or unsafe content.
  • Never open email attachments or embedded links if you are not absolutely sure of their source. Even then, avoid unsolicited attachments or links since the source may have been compromised.


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