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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is BetterMarkit?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that BetterMarkit is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by BetterMarkit?

You may see this screen during install:

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and these browser add-ons/extensions:

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You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

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and this Scheduled Task:

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How did BetterMarkit get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove BetterMarkit?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • 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 BetterMarkit?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes BetterMarkit completely.
  • This PUP creates a scheduled task. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
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 BetterMarkit adware. �It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:
O2 - BHO: BetterMarkIt - {21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF} - C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dll
Possible signs in a FRST log:
 () C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Q5BetterMarkItk73.exe
 BHO: BetterMarkIt -> {21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF} -> C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dll ()
 FF HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001\...\Firefox\Extensions: [{02070F57-E437-F420-F940-AE69CB9C98DC}] - C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.xpi
 FF Extension: BetterMarkIt - C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.xpi [2015-01-16]
 CHR Extension: (BetterMarkIt) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ngifpjlfpbfeaeklafhnefmbpciehhbj [2015-01-16]
 R2 webinstrNHKT; C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\webinstrNHKT.sys [49216 2015-01-16] (Corsica)
 () C:\Windows\patsearch.bin
 () C:\Windows\Tasks\BetterMarkIt Update.job
 () C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\Msft_Kernel_webinstrNHKT_01009.Wdf
 () C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt
 (Corsica) C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\webinstrNHKT.sys
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
---------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt
       Adds the file 186.crx"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 17188 bytes, A
       Adds the file 186.dat"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 5388 bytes, A
       Adds the file 186.dll"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 512000 bytes, A
       Adds the file 186.xpi"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 9170 bytes, A
       Adds the file Q5BetterMarkItk73.dll"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 102400 bytes, A
       Adds the file Q5BetterMarkItk73.exe"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 748544 bytes, A
       Adds the file sqlite3.dll"="6/26/2014 7:24 AM, 612664 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 293450 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86
       Adds the file TandemRunner.exe"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 510976 bytes, A
       Adds the file WdfCoInstaller01009.dll"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 1461992 bytes, A
       Adds the file webinstr.inf"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 307 bytes, A
       Adds the file webinstrNHKT.sys"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 49216 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ngifpjlfpbfeaeklafhnefmbpciehhbj\1.186.0.0_0
       Adds the file b.html"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 91 bytes, A
       Adds the file b.js"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 2301 bytes, A
       Adds the file c.js"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 5441 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon128.png"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 3272 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 1566 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 3433 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 608 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows
       Adds the file patsearch.bin"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 2246 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers
       Adds the file Msft_Kernel_webinstrNHKT_01009.Wdf"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 0 bytes, HA
       Adds the file webinstrNHKT.sys"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 49216 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file BetterMarkIt Update"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 3076 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\Tasks
       Adds the file BetterMarkIt Update.job"="1/16/2015 4:38 PM, 414 bytes, A

Registry details  
------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{BFD2A12E-691F-461A-B7E9-A6F876E56318}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{C007DADD-132A-624C-088E-59EE6CF0711F}]
       "fd2"="REG_SZ", "16"
       "fn2"="REG_SZ", "lyf-"
       "id0"="REG_SZ", "16012015"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "BetterMarkIt"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\Implemented Categories\{59fb2056-d625-48d0-a944-1a85b5ab2640}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\Programmable]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\UpgradeCodes\95C803474DB34B9B1848F0BCBE7B28DF]
       "D6D47AA9C8D7C85ABCB7E6CA8FEC7CB4"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IInjectObject"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}\ProxyStubClsid]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}\TypeLib\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IEInjectLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}\1.0\0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "BetterMarkIt"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\7B8F79E2-9515-2413-E6F1-71CC623BCCBF]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "BetterMarkIt"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "BetterMarkIt-software"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Uninstall.exe"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "186"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures]
       "BetterMarkIt Update.job"="REG_BINARY, ................................
       "BetterMarkIt Update.job.fp"="REG_DWORD", 583043246
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome\ExtensionInstallWhitelist]
       "1"="REG_SZ", "ngifpjlfpbfeaeklafhnefmbpciehhbj"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Wdf\Kmdf\KmdfLibrary\Versions\1\DriverServices]
       "webinstrNHKT"="REG_SZ", "1.9"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\BFE\Parameters\Policy\Persistent\Provider]
       "{15b8e02e-2fbd-4316-a46f-9dd9b1535a3c}"="REG_BINARY, ..........................................................webinstrNHKT........webinstrNHKT's HTTP filter........webinstrNHKT.......................... ........... ....(......P............(......P............(......P............(......P............(......P............(......P.............P........... ...........
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\webinstrNHKT]
       "configuration"="REG_SZ", "\SystemRoot\patsearch.bin"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "webinstrNHKT"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "\??\C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\webinstrNHKT.sys"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\webinstrNHKT\Enum]
       "0"="REG_SZ", "Root\LEGACY_WEBINSTRNHKT\0000"
       "Count"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NextInstance"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\webinstrNHKT\Parameters\Wdf]
       "KmdfLibraryVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.9"
       "TimeOfLastSqmLog"="REG_QWORD, ....
       "WdfMajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "WdfMinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 9
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\1ClickDownload]
       "LastInstall0"="REG_SZ", "30421410"
       "LastInstall2"="REG_SZ", "30421410"
       "LastInstall3"="REG_SZ", "30421410"
       "UID"="REG_SZ", "363761965"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\BetterMarkIt]
       "arm"="REG_SZ", ""
       "armt"="REG_SZ", ""
       "eb"="REG_SZ", ""
       "ia"="REG_SZ", "IE,FF,Chrome"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "BB2F80E97195F02F"
       "it"="REG_SZ", "1421422707"
       "ut"="REG_SZ", "0"
       "version"="REG_SZ", "186"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]
       "{02070F57-E437-F420-F940-AE69CB9C98DC}"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.xpi"

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

Scan Date: 1/16/2015
Scan Time: 4:44:59 PM
Logfile: mbamBetterMarkIt.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.4.1028
Malware Database: v2015.01.16.07
Rootkit Database: v2015.01.14.01
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: 288628
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 27 sec

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

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Q5BetterMarkItk73.exe, 3304, Delete-on-Reboot, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 9
PUP.Optional.1ClickDownload.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\1ClickDownload, Quarantined, [71a655a3652438fe2e3213b9937157a9], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{C903C4DC-66C0-A5EB-DD96-84F0F918689F}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{2A113EE2-D139-CACD-88FA-31B1FE9DF8A7}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{21C002E5-4365-EA58-3DB3-09EE118AFCFF}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\7B8F79E2-9515-2413-E6F1-71CC623BCCBF, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 2
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt, Delete-on-Reboot, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 

Files: 15
PUP.Optional.WebInstr.A, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\Msft_Kernel_webinstrNHKT_01009.Wdf, Quarantined, [d047ee0a2762c86e3d0dd49b996a8977], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Windows\Tasks\BetterMarkIt Update.job, Quarantined, [c94e8c6cb2d793a3210dd3aba75ccd33], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\BetterMarkIt Update, Quarantined, [eb2c33c560292115cbdfcdc58281ae52], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.crx, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dat, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.dll, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\186.xpi, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Q5BetterMarkItk73.dll, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Q5BetterMarkItk73.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\sqlite3.dll, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86\TandemRunner.exe, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86\WdfCoInstaller01009.dll, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86\webinstr.inf, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 
PUP.Optional.BetterMarkIT.A, C:\Program Files\ver0BetterMarkIt\x86\webinstrNHKT.sys, Quarantined, [68affcfc05841521046ff15f15eee51b], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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