• Threat Level: Elevated
  • Description: Smart Pops is part of Network Essentials, which is an IE Browser Helper Object that monitors URLs being viewed in the web browser, and a process which updates the list of targeted sites and downloads and displays pop-up adverts when directed to do so by the BHO. NetworkEssentials/NE is the first variant, storing its files in 'Program Files\Network Essentials\vN', where N is a number (8 and 11 have been seen). The pop-up process is a separate task which can be killed from the task manager but is respawned by the BHO periodically. SmartPops is the object name of the BHO in the NE variant
  • Type: TT_Adware
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  • Removal: This infection can be removed using Spyware Doctor.

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