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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is BetterAds?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that BetterAds is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.
This one uses a proxy service to show you advertisements

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

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

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these proxy settings:

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and this service running after install:

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How did BetterAds get on my computer?

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

How do I remove BetterAds?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • 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 BetterAds?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes BetterAds completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes 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 would have protected you against the BetterAds adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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The web protection module also blocks the download of the installer:

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 () C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe
 ProxyEnable: [.DEFAULT] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [.DEFAULT] => 127.0.0.1:8003
 ProxyEnable: [S-1-5-19] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [S-1-5-19] => 127.0.0.1:8003
 ProxyEnable: [S-1-5-20] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [S-1-5-20] => 127.0.0.1:8003
 ProxyEnable: [S-1-5-21-1350903546-318028887-1286703239-1003] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [S-1-5-21-1350903546-318028887-1286703239-1003] => 127.0.0.1:8003
 ManualProxies: 1127.0.0.1:8003
 R2 srcsrv; C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe [16384 2017-04-04] () [File not signed]
 C:\Windows\unins000.exe
 C:\Windows\unins000.dat
 C:\Windows\src_srv

BetterAds version 1 (HKLM-x32\...\{376CA350-6C34-4F10-B8DC-586F8CA03009}_is1) (Version: 1 - )
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    In the existing folder C:\Windows
       Adds the file unins000.dat"="4/27/2017 11:26 AM, 3835 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.exe"="4/27/2017 11:26 AM, 719521 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Windows\src_srv
       Adds the file accept_cert.exe"="1/29/2017 2:47 AM, 12800 bytes, A
       Adds the file Ionic.Zip.dll"="1/25/2016 7:55 PM, 455680 bytes, A
       Adds the file rootCert.pfx"="4/27/2017 11:26 AM, 2702 bytes, A
       Adds the file Trusted.Web.Proxy.dll"="4/4/2017 12:35 PM, 137728 bytes, A
       Adds the file winsrcsrv.exe"="4/4/2017 12:35 PM, 16384 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\MY\Certificates\4983F9188BB4EAB0C10302EDDFF162915E3D1E33]
       "Blob"="REG_BINARY, ........l...........{AF467404-4868-47C4-A722-37FBAD22544E}..Microsoft Enhanced Cryptographic Provider v1.0......................................<.DO_NOT_TRUST_TitaniumProxy-CE. .....................................................................................................................................................................................>................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\ROOT\Certificates\4983F9188BB4EAB0C10302EDDFF162915E3D1E33]
       "Blob"="REG_BINARY, \...............l...........{AF467404-4868-47C4-A722-37FBAD22544E}..Microsoft Enhanced Cryptographic Provider v1.0.................... .....................................................<.DO_NOT_TRUST_TitaniumProxy-CE............... .....................................................................................................................................................................................>................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\betterads]
       "userID"="REG_SZ", "ca14663b-b073-4b30-8318-38da6354a93f"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\mbs_install]
       "channel"="REG_SZ", "amonetize_2"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{376CA350-6C34-4F10-B8DC-586F8CA03009}_is1]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "BetterAds version 1"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 1299
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.betteradssoftware.com/"
       "Inno Setup: App Path"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Inno Setup: Icon Group"="REG_SZ", "(Default)"
       "Inno Setup: Language"="REG_SZ", "english"
       "Inno Setup: Setup Version"="REG_SZ", "5.5.5 (a)"
       "Inno Setup: User"="REG_SZ", "{username}"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20170427"
       "MajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "MinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Windows\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Windows\unins000.exe""
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.betteradssoftware.com/"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://www.betteradssoftware.com/"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\srcsrv]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "SrcSrv"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, ......................
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe"
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
       "WOW64"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA\Certificates\4983F9188BB4EAB0C10302EDDFF162915E3D1E33]
       "Blob"="REG_BINARY, .................. ...............................................................\....... .....................................................................................................................................................................................>................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\REQUEST]
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
       "ProxyEnable" = REG_DWORD, 1
       "ProxyServer"="REG_SZ", "127.0.0.1:8003"
    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
       "ProxyEnable"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "ProxyServer"="REG_SZ", "127.0.0.1:8003"
    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
       "ProxyEnable"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "ProxyServer"="REG_SZ", "127.0.0.1:8003"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
       "ProxyEnable" = REG_DWORD, 1
       "ProxyServer"="REG_SZ", "127.0.0.1:8003"

Malwarebytes log:
Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/27/17
Scan Time: 11:38 AM
Logfile: mbamBetterAds.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.6.1469
Components Version: 1.0.96
Update Package Version: 1.0.1818
License: Premium

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

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 328803
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 6 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe, Quarantined, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818

Module: 1
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe, Quarantined, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818

Registry Key: 5
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\srcsrv, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\NLASVC\PARAMETERS\INTERNET\MANUALPROXIES, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
PUP.Optional.BetterAds, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\betterads, Delete-on-Reboot, [476], [383836],1.0.1818
PUP.Optional.Amonetize, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MBS_INSTALL, Delete-on-Reboot, [6], [392968],1.0.1818
PUP.Optional.BetterAds, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{376CA350-6C34-4F10-B8DC-586F8CA03009}_is1, Delete-on-Reboot, [476], [383837],1.0.1818

Registry Value: 13
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYSERVER, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYSERVER, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYSERVER, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYSERVER, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYENABLE, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS|PROXYSERVER, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [-1],0.0.0
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\SRCSRV|IMAGEPATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392906],1.0.1818
PUP.Optional.Amonetize, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MBS_INSTALL|CHANNEL, Delete-on-Reboot, [6], [392968],1.0.1818

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\WINDOWS\SRC_SRV, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818

File: 6
PUP.Optional.BetterAds, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\SRC_SRV_AMONETIZE.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [476], [391675],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\WINDOWS\SRC_SRV\TRUSTED.WEB.PROXY.DLL, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\accept_cert.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\Ionic.Zip.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\rootCert.pfx, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818
Adware.BetterAds.PrxySvrRST, C:\Windows\src_srv\winsrcsrv.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [6542], [392905],1.0.1818

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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