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ZapSpot

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Infected with ZapSpot ?

     
Description
The ZapSpot program is an adware and a data miner.

The ZapSpot program is a game delivery service. It offers free small games that are supposedly quick to download and easy to use. The games are also accessible without Internet connection. The games could also be sent via email. The program was developed by ZapSpot Inc., with the website www.zapspot.com.

Although the ZapSpot program is not related to spyware, some reports claim that it comes bundled with adware. The games included in the program display banner advertisements while the user plays these games. The program monitors what games the user has played and what advertisements the user has clicked on the most.

According to some users, it shows advertisement based on the user's browsing habits. The program also displays pop-under advertisements even if the main product is not running. The program also records personal data. It could also log a user's keyboard activity and take screenshots. According to the developer, the program monitors and collects the information to improve game optimization. However, some people claim that the program may provide the information to third parties such as advertisers and marketers.

This program allegedly uses stealth installation. It could be difficult to remove. It could possibly infect a computer through several ways including peer-to-peer network, malicious websites, and freeware and shareware. File names associated with the program include the following:

* zapspot.exe;
* myhouse.exe;
* zapspot.lnk;
* outbox.zdt;
* pehpai.exe;
* colorbreak2.exe;
* p3ofrmgr.exe;
* and latest.exe.

The program may change the Internet settings, add unwanted Web browser components, and decrease system speeds. It includes additional code, which delivers the advertisements to the victim's computer. According to some reports, older versions of the adware contain the EverAd advertising client component. EverAd is also an adware which sends and retrieves marketing-related information by connecting to servers of everad.com.

Vendor
Its author is ZapSpot, Inc., an online game delivery company created by P3 Marketing.


Vendor URL
http://www.zapspot.com, http://www.p3marketing.com

Threat Level: Severe Risk
ZapSpot Characteristics
Displays ads
Records personal data / keystrokes
Hijacks internet browser  
Allows remote influence  
Downloads unsolicited files  
Disables programs / system  
Makes unauthorized phone calls  
Exploits a security flaw  
Floods internet connection  
Distributes threats  
Tracks browsing activity with installed applications  
Tracks browsing activity with cookies  
Installs without user consent  
Inadequate uninstall procedures  
Insufficient privacy disclosure and consent  
Uses excessive system resources  
Makes fraudulent claims about spyware detection and removal  
Performs Silent Updates  

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