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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Rad Rater?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Rad Rater is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" alter your startpage or searchscopes so that the effected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is effected by Rad Rater?

This is how the first screen of the installer looks:

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And you may see these toolbars/add-ons:

warning1.png

warning2.png

or this entry in your list of installed programs:

warning4.png

How did Rad Rater get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Rad Rater?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Rad Rater?
  • No, but for a full removal of the Firefox add-on you will need Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00 beta or newer.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Rad Rater hijacker. It would have warned you before the browser helper object could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
O2 - BHO: Rad Rater - {316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7} - C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRaterbho.dll
O23 - Service: Update Rad Rater - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\updateRadRater.exe
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
---------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Rad Rater
       Adds the file 7za.exe"="8/25/2014 10:11 PM, 536064 bytes, A
       Adds the file RadRater.FirstRun.exe"="8/25/2014 11:28 PM, 1123568 bytes, A
       Adds the file RadRater.ico"="8/25/2014 11:26 PM, 1150 bytes, A
       Adds the file RadRaterBHO.dll"="8/25/2014 11:26 PM, 250096 bytes, A
       Adds the file RadRaterUninstall.exe"="9/3/2014 1:29 PM, 242394 bytes, A
       Adds the file updateRadRater.exe"="8/25/2014 11:26 PM, 323312 bytes, A
       Adds the file updateRadRater.InstallState"="9/3/2014 1:29 PM, 5012 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions
       Adds the file {3a3a9698-1ff8-47e9-94c5-6474fa1e92be}.xpi"="8/25/2014 11:26 PM, 9955 bytes, A

Registry details  
------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1AA60054-57D9-4F99-9A55-D0FBFBE7ECD3}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "6738EFD0-857B-43ED-B2AC-259C857087E3"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Rad Rater"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRaterbho.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}\Programmable]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{9823ebc2-17bb-4e52-b8a6-e279a8e2ca28}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "BEDF17B8-52D0-4DD3-84D8-C2280DABE686"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "263"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{655039AD-6DD9-4977-B419-F34101C6F44F}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IRadRaterBHO"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{655039AD-6DD9-4977-B419-F34101C6F44F}\ProxyStubClsid]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{655039AD-6DD9-4977-B419-F34101C6F44F}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{655039AD-6DD9-4977-B419-F34101C6F44F}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{9823EBC2-17BB-4E52-B8A6-E279A8E2CA28}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{9823EBC2-17BB-4E52-B8A6-E279A8E2CA28}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "RadRaterIEClientLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{9823EBC2-17BB-4E52-B8A6-E279A8E2CA28}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRaterbho.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{9823EBC2-17BB-4E52-B8A6-E279A8E2CA28}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{9823EBC2-17BB-4E52-B8A6-E279A8E2CA28}\1.0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\RadRater_RASAPI32]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\RadRater_RASMANCS]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateRadRater_RASAPI32]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateRadRater_RASMANCS]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Rad Rater"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Rad Rater]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRater.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Rad Rater"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2014.08.25.211604"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 2186
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:[email protected]"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater"
       "InstallTime"="REG_SZ", "2014-09-03 13:29:14"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Rad Rater"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRateruninstall.exe /S"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRateruninstall.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://radrater.mobi/support"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://radrater.mobi"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater]
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_RadRater"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater\Chrome]
       "sgc"="REG_SZ", "true"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater\Firefox]
       "sff"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater\Internet Explorer]
       "sie"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Update Rad Rater]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Update Rad Rater"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, ......................
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\updateRadRater.exe""
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{316CDECF-3A39-4FAC-B224-29059A0FE5A7}]
       "Flags"="REG_DWORD", 1024
       "VerCache"="REG_BINARY, ......................
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Rad Rater]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "2014-09-03 13:29:14"
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_RadRater"
       "is"="REG_SZ", "def_RadRater"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Rad Rater\Chrome]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "D8D2DD30-C813-4403-B4F8-A4FA1EA394F3"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Rad Rater\Firefox]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "06AB24E4-CB8E-448B-850A-F1BE8B8C4C72"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Rad Rater\Internet Explorer]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "B7D6133B-C27C-47F6-B6DD-299D3FB40413"


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 9/3/2014
Scan Time: 1:34:37 PM
Logfile: mbamRadRater.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.2.1012
Malware Database: v2014.09.03.03
Rootkit Database: v2014.08.21.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 261386
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 40 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\updateRadRater.exe, 3468, Delete-on-Reboot, [aa9530b998e3f73fbc784c6a5ea3fc04]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 12
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\Update Rad Rater, Quarantined, [aa9530b998e3f73fbc784c6a5ea3fc04], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{316cdecf-3a39-4fac-b224-29059a0fe5a7}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{9823ebc2-17bb-4e52-b8a6-e279a8e2ca28}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{655039AD-6DD9-4977-B419-F34101C6F44F}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{316CDECF-3A39-4FAC-B224-29059A0FE5A7}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{316CDECF-3A39-4FAC-B224-29059A0FE5A7}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{316CDECF-3A39-4FAC-B224-29059A0FE5A7}, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{316CDECF-3A39-4FAC-B224-29059A0FE5A7}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [6ad5cb1e38439c9a8cae793a6c96ad53], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Rad Rater, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater, Quarantined, [300ffdecf685dc5af61e3eb250b2d030], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\Rad Rater, Quarantined, [73cc25c4542782b4c84d4ea27191817f], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater, Delete-on-Reboot, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 

Files: 9
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\updateRadRater.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [aa9530b998e3f73fbc784c6a5ea3fc04], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRaterBHO.dll, Quarantined, [f34c0ddcd5a6ea4c0a094d691ee34cb4], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Rad rater.exe, Quarantined, [201ffbeef4871e1842d1b20457aa9d63], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRater.ico, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\7za.exe, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRater.FirstRun.exe, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\RadRaterUninstall.exe, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Program Files\Rad Rater\updateRadRater.InstallState, Quarantined, [bd8295543e3d3df9f41fee021de5aa56], 
PUP.Optional.RadRater.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions\{3a3a9698-1ff8-47e9-94c5-6474fa1e92be}.xpi, Quarantined, [93acc1285427fc3aeb2ef9f753af49b7], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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