STF researchers have already reported about URL:Mal detected in svchost.exe. The number of affected users has increased, as visible by their complaints. However, it is now known that the infection is associated with the URL wpad.browserupdatecheck.in/wpad.dat. Keep in mind that other URLs may also be used by URL:Mal. URL:Mal has been detected by Avast.
URL:Mal and http://wpad.browserupdatecheck.in/wpad.dat Description
wpad.browserupdatecheck.in/wpad.dat may be able to download and run a WPAD file and compromise the system’s security. The suspicious file may have entered the system via fake browser or program updates, often brought by adware and PUPs.
Read more about URL:Mal and svchost.exe.
What is WPAD?
WPAD stands for Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol. It is a method that is usually used by clients to locate the URL of a configuration file. However, WPAD can turn into an issue despite the fact its primary purpose is to simplify browser configurations. When mistakes happen, the WPAD can open a door on the system and let attackers in.
Even though more details are needed to confirm the way URL:Mal works, users should proceed towards scanning and protecting their systems.
According to one research, the WPAD file works as a scanner that aims to find the system’s vulnerabilities and exploit them once they are unveiled.
How Does wpad.browserupdatecheck.in/wpad.dat Work?
If the URL is opened in the browser, the user will encounter a pop-up window tricking the user into downloading it. Once installed, the PC’s performance will worsen drastically. The user may also start experiencing suspicious browser redirects.
How to Proceed If Affected by wpad.browserupdatecheck.in/wpad.dat?
Considering the aggressive behavior of wpad.dat and its high infection rates, a powerful AV solution is needed to eliminate it completely from the system. Several helpful steps are available below the article.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter