Infected with ZapSpot ?
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:
* 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.
Its author is ZapSpot, Inc., an online game delivery company created by P3 Marketing.
|Threat Level: Severe Risk|
|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|
|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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