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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is taswexuahoft?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that taswexuahoft 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 taswexuahoft?

You may see the Registry Editor (regedit) open when the system starts:


and this list of running svchost processes as children of taswexuahoft :


How did taswexuahoft get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was dropped by other malware.

How do I remove taswexuahoft?

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 taswexuahoft?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes taswexuahoft 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 taswexuahoft adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 (Hippo Studios) C:\Users\{username}\taswexuahoft.exe
 HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Regedit32] => C:\Windows\SysWOW64\regedit.exe [398336 2009-07-14] (Microsoft Corporation)
 HKCU\...\Run: [taswexuahoft] => C:\Users\{username}\taswexuahoft.exe [233984 2017-06-26] (Hippo Studios)
 HKCU\...\Run: [Regedit32] => C:\Windows\system32\regedit.exe
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}
       Adds the file taswexuahoft.exe"="6/26/2017 8:34 AM, 233984 bytes, HS
    In the existing folder C:\Windows
       Adds the file Ô"="6/26/2017 8:37 AM, 26 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "Regedit32"="REG_SZ", "C:\Windows\system32\regedit.exe"
       "taswexuahoft"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\taswexuahoft.exe"
       "Mopfazsaly"="REG_BINARY, ........
       "taswexuahoftPuqjebeqya"="REG_BINARY, ........

Malwarebytes log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/26/17
Scan Time: 11:04 AM
Log File: mbamHippo.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.141
Update Package Version: 1.0.2232
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: 336276
Threats Detected: 7
Threats Quarantined: 7
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 48 sec

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

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
Adware.Agent, C:\USERS\{username}\TASWEXUAHOFT.EXE, Quarantined, [251], [410723],1.0.2232

Module: 1
Adware.Agent, C:\USERS\{username}\TASWEXUAHOFT.EXE, Quarantined, [251], [410723],1.0.2232

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 3
Adware.Agent, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|taswexuahoft, Delete-on-Reboot, [251], [410723],1.0.2232
Trojan.Agent, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|REGEDIT32, Delete-on-Reboot, [24], [211870],1.0.2232
Trojan.Agent, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|REGEDIT32, Delete-on-Reboot, [24], [209941],1.0.2232

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 2
Adware.Agent, C:\USERS\{username}\TASWEXUAHOFT.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [251], [410723],1.0.2232
Adware.Agent, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\1V58TMWG.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [251], [410723],1.0.2232

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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