|Type||PUP, PUA, adware|
|Short Description||The application is suitable with Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer. It offers custom layouts for Facebook.|
|Symptoms||Intrusive advertisements, possible malware detected.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, from freeware providers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PUA.AppGraffiti|
AppGraffiti has been classified as a potentially unwanted program by several AV providers. It may be detected as PUA.AppGraffiti. It is advertised as a free browser add-on that provides over 1 000 custom Facebook skins.
However, the application is monitored to record automatically browser information and share it with other services and third parties. The reason for the collection and sharing of relevant user data is displaying relevant advertisements to users, and generating quick profit. Moreover, AppGraffiti is usually bundled with third party installers like Open Candy.
(Reported by Symantec)
→Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
AppGraffiti Technical Review
PUA.AppGraffiti doesn’t make an exception. Research shows that once installed, AppGraffity produces advertisements in the browser. Depending on the browser, it will act as:
- Browser Helper Object (BHO) in Internet Explorer
- Browser extension in Google Chrome
- Browser Add-On in Mozilla Firefox
Once downloaded onto the system, AppGraffiti will create multiple files and will add numerous registry entries.
- Add a toolbar to the browser.
- Allow the user to change the layout of the website.
- Generate advertisements in the website.
PUA.AppGraffiti Removal Manual
Besides being a potentially unwanted application, PUA.AppGraffiti may contain malware. According to the scan reports of AV providers, it can be detected as:
- Artemis!EEA11B94802B (McAfee)
- Suspicious_GEN.F47V0725 (TrendMicro – HouseCall)
- Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O (CMC Antivirus)
Note that other detections are also possible.
Furthermore, AppGraffiti is often bundled with other third party software products. It can be located in the installers of:
- RebateInformer by Inbox.com
- SiteRanker by Crawler
- Inbox Toolbar by Inbox.com
- Online Vault by Crawler
Note that other bundled distributions are also possible.
When we talk about bundled distribution, it is important to scan the system to determine the number of PUPs that may be running in the background. If, however, you wish to do the removal yourself, you can follow the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti.
Step 2: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select PUA.AppGraffiti and click “Remove”
After PUA.AppGraffiti is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select PUA.AppGraffiti to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After PUA.AppGraffiti has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on PUA.AppGraffiti
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PUA.AppGraffiti. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PUA.AppGraffiti will be removed.
Step 3: Remove PUA.AppGraffiti automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PUA.AppGraffiti associated objects.