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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Com Notification?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Com Notification 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 Com Notification?

You may see these tasks in your Task Scheduler:

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and this entry in your list of installed programs:

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How did Com Notification get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Com Notification?

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 all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Com Notification?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Com Notification completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. 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 adware.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Com Notification adware. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

No visible signs in a HijackThis log

You may see these entries in FRST logs:

 C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5
 C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job
 C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05

Com NotificationV18.05 (HKLM-x32\...\Com NotificationV18.05) (Version: 1.36.01.22 - Com NotificationV18.05)
Task: {194BFC1A-66E5-4EBB-A164-BB7D2DC6878D} - System32\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user => C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe [2015-06-25] (Com NotificationV18.05) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {586CF809-7EC6-4484-AD8F-19D965528474} - System32\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5 => C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe [2015-06-25] (Com NotificationV18.05) <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe <==== ATTENTION
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05
       Adds the file aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe"="25/06/2015 09:13, 1105408 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="25/06/2015 09:13, 122368 bytes, A
       Adds the file utils.exe"="25/06/2015 09:13, 1368056 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5"="25/06/2015 09:13, 5486 bytes, A
       Adds the file aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user"="25/06/2015 09:13, 5498 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\Tasks
       Adds the file aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job"="25/06/2015 09:13, 2456 bytes, A
       Adds the file aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job"="25/06/2015 09:13, 2456 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ArenaHD]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HighDefAction]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058]
       "71569"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058\Status]
       "Installed"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures]
       "aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job"="REG_BINARY, ................................
       "aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job.fp"="REG_DWORD", -1489025588
       "aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job"="REG_BINARY, ................................
       "aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job.fp"="REG_DWORD", -208517878
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider]
       "Bic"="REG_SZ", "2f2bc621a7c304774b7408716c3e8213IE"
       "Verifier"="REG_SZ", "6ef6eac254a7632839836d3cb24698df"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\ArenaHD]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\HighDefAction]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058]
       "71569"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058\Status]
       "Installed"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Com NotificationV18.05]
       "CrAppId"="REG_SZ", "71569"
       "CrPublisherId"="REG_SZ", "27058"
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\utils.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.36.01.22"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\Uninstall.exe /fcp=1  "
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\YorkNewCin]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\YorkNewCin]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider]
       "Bic"="REG_SZ", "2f2bc621a7c304774b7408716c3e8213IE"
       "Verifier"="REG_SZ", "6ef6eac254a7632839836d3cb24698df"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ArenaHD]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\HighDefAction]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058]
       "71569"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\InstalledBrowserExtensions\27058\Status]
       "Installed"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\InstalledBrowserExtensions\Com NotificationV18.05]
       "71569"="REG_SZ", "Com NotificationV18.05"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\YorkNewCin]
       "value"="REG_DWORD", 1

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 25/06/2015
Scan Time: 09:23
Logfile: mbamComNotification.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.1.8.1057
Malware Database: v2015.06.25.01
Rootkit Database: v2015.06.22.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 331522
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 45 sec

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

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 16
PUP.Optional.HighDefAction.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\HighDefAction, Quarantined, [ac39c3fb404af4428dfcabe4d3327987], 
PUP.Optional.YorkNewCin.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\YorkNewCin, Quarantined, [23c2cbf3c8c2bd79474d6926fb0a827e], 
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\ARENAHD, Quarantined, [9f46e2dc3e4cb1854223434856aff40c], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\INSTALLEDBROWSEREXTENSIONS\27058, Quarantined, [9f462a9494f6a195f6bb9b9d3acadf21], 
PUP.Optional.HighDefAction.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\HighDefAction, Quarantined, [f1f45f5f58325cda0a7f048bb94c54ac], 
PUP.Optional.YorkNewCin.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\YorkNewCin, Quarantined, [c61f437bb3d7ca6c167e0d8209fc44bc], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\Crossrider, Quarantined, [4a9b7747b4d6b97db4339d597e8522de], 
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\ARENAHD, Quarantined, [d70e13ab08821026dd886526cf3634cc], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\INSTALLEDBROWSEREXTENSIONS\27058, Quarantined, [42a3ead4375320167938f64250b4b848], 
PUP.Optional.HighDefAction.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\HighDefAction, Quarantined, [33b29d2155359a9c96f2e5aa34d131cf], 
PUP.Optional.YorkNewCin.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\YorkNewCin, Quarantined, [766f0db15a30cf67ccc7bcd373925aa6], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\Crossrider, Quarantined, [9c492b93f6943afc8f50aebfa4619070], 
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\ARENAHD, Quarantined, [b3324876c6c4f640055f3c4ff0150df3], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\INSTALLEDBROWSEREXTENSIONS\27058, Quarantined, [1dc8c4fac6c4191d062ff2253dc719e7], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\INSTALLEDBROWSEREXTENSIONS\Com NotificationV18.05, Quarantined, [0dd8249a7b0fa88e2f69a864dd2733cd], 
PUP.Optional.ComNotifications.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Com NotificationV18.05, Quarantined, [667f2698a0ea57df2b6a638e5ba8ba46], 

Registry Values: 6
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\ARENAHD|value, 1, Quarantined, [9f46e2dc3e4cb1854223434856aff40c]
PUP.Optional.PCTuner.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\HIGHDEFACTION|value, 1, Quarantined, [74710eb0ff8b5bdb5917256647bea957]
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\ARENAHD|value, 1, Quarantined, [d70e13ab08821026dd886526cf3634cc]
PUP.Optional.PCTuner.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\HIGHDEFACTION|value, 1, Quarantined, [00e58c321a70d561660a523945c0e917]
PUP.Optional.CinemaPlus.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\ARENAHD|value, 1, Quarantined, [b3324876c6c4f640055f3c4ff0150df3]
PUP.Optional.PCTuner.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\HIGHDEFACTION|value, 1, Quarantined, [80652698d2b890a6beb00a814cb959a7]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.ComNotifications.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05, Quarantined, [667f2698a0ea57df2b6a638e5ba8ba46], 

Files: 8
PUP.Optional.ComNotification.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\installer.exe, Quarantined, [3ea7d1ed632773c3989889fbed196f91], 
PUP.Optional.ComNotification.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.exe, Quarantined, [2fb6b30b3a50ca6cee423450d72f1ee2], 
PUP.Optional.ComNotification.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\utils.exe, Quarantined, [568f9a2445458babdf51b7cd030333cd], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.T, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5, Quarantined, [e104bb031773f541a92430f106fedb25], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.T, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user, Quarantined, [d411ccf20882df57705d69b89a6ab14f], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.T, C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5.job, Quarantined, [f3f29d21672395a1e55544359f66a15f], 
PUP.Optional.CrossRider.T, C:\Windows\Tasks\aedbdce3-c6c6-4e5e-9778-5f143f298e1a-5_user.job, Quarantined, [eff6e7d7434794a2f14952278d78d62a], 
PUP.Optional.ComNotifications.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Com NotificationV18.05\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [667f2698a0ea57df2b6a638e5ba8ba46], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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