Threat Database Adware WordShark Ads

WordShark Ads

By GoldSparrow in Adware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 9,696
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 3,213
First Seen: June 12, 2015
Last Seen: October 23, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The abundance of WordShark ads in your browser is caused by adware on your machine that may appear as a browser extension, an add-on, a plugin and a Browser Helper Object. The WordShark adware might have entered your machine as a tool to help your search better on Google that was listed under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' option of a freeware bundle. Security analysts report that the WordShark adware can read your browsing history, the metadata of pages you visit and record your search criteria to display related marketing content as you browse the Internet. The WordShark adware may add a registry key in Windows to start when you turn on your PC and may add a task in the Windows Task Manager to update is ad filters at set intervals of time. The WordShark adware may show banners, contextual ads, pop-up windows and place in-text hyperlinks to sponsored content and products to earn affiliate revenue. Security analysts remind web surfers that the ads by adware like WordShark are not safe, and you may be suggested to install riskware like System SpeedUp, UTAdRemovalApp, and Translate Genius. Users who want to ensure the optimal performance of their PC and secure their Internet activities should install a reputable anti-malware application and remove the WordShark adware.


4 security vendors flagged this file as malicious.

Anti-Virus Software Detection
AVG Generic.1E9
McAfee-GW-Edition BehavesLike.Win64.BadFile.qh
Symantec WS.Reputation.1
McAfee Artemis!724A427BFBBD

SpyHunter Detects & Remove WordShark Ads

File System Details

WordShark Ads may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. wsfd_1_10_0_19.sys 724a427bfbbd6bd9f202ad029bc777bb 45
2. wsfd_1_10_0_17.sys 137735d9e7152efda4ec3b6ec72d7272 25
3. wordshark-setup- dc2873b56986e04545409d3149f58939 13
4. setup.exe fec919904ca57b54358629294841ad04 6

Registry Details

WordShark Ads may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
Regexp file mask
%WINDIR%\system32\Drivers\wsfd_1_10_0_[RANDOM CHARACTERS].sys
%WINDIR%\system32\Drivers\wsfd_[RANDOM CHARACTERS]_1_10_0_[RANDOM CHARACTERS].sys
%WINDIR%\system32\Drivers\wsfd_vt_1_10_0_[RANDOM CHARACTERS].sys
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\WordShark Auto Updater[RANDOM CHARACTERS]


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