Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Ads by BandwidthStat

If you are plagued by Ads by BandwidthStat, it is very likely that you have accidentally installed the InetStat application. This program is a potentially unwanted application, and this means that it may exhibit particular behavioral patterns users are not fond of. What’s more, potentially unwanted programs (or PUP) could be used as a medium for corrupted content distribution, and that, of course, is something any user would want to avoid. Therefore, you will do yourself a favor if you remove Ads by BandwidthStat and the program responsible for it from your system immediately. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the manual removal instructions.

Now, as far as InetStat is concerned, this program has a direct download page at interstat.eu. Or at least it used to, as the first time we logged complains about this application was in 2014. Then our security researchers have determined that the application is a German PUP, but the installer that carries the application is signed by Astori LLC, and it is registered in Russia. Of course, it is more than obvious that software distributors heed no national borders, and just because the main program that displays these ads is intended for the German market, it does not mean it cannot reach your system, too.

It should be pointed out, however, that PUPs often come promising a particular function that should improve your web browsing experience or the overall computing quality. InetStat displays your upload and download speed in a system tray icon. The question is whether you really need that, though. You can always check your actual download speed on reliable Internet speed testing websites. If you do that, you would also help them to improve their worldwide net speed statistics. While using this PUP would only expose you to dangerous websites and other annoying content.

For example, during our tests, we have found that the application connects to the Internet behind your back and opens Internet Explorer or Chrome windows without your permission. It does that to generate traffic and add-click rate for watch4.de. This is also why you see Ads by BandwidthStat on your screen most of the time. Even if it looks like these advertisements offer you something you might need, the only reason you see them is money: the PUP needs to generate clicks and traffic for its third-party partners, and it does that by promoting third-party content.

You might wonder why Ads by BandwidthStat display something that is related to your most recent searches. That is because the program can track your online activity to some extent via tracking cookies. Of course, tracking cookies cannot steal your IDs, logins, and passwords, but it is still rather unnerving to see how well your web browsing patterns can be monitored, processed, and used. What’s more, this PUP might be just one of the many unwanted applications “following” you around. We did mention that the InterStat program has an official website, but it can also come bundled with freeware and adware, which is very common.

Our research shows that the application can come in the Amonetize bundle, and so it could be installed on your computer along with OffersWizard, DolphinDeals, Remarkit, Plus-HD, Surf Safely, and many other adware applications. To get the full list of all the unwanted applications that are currently present on your computer, scan it with the SpyHunter free scanner. You should be able to remove most of the applications manually via Control Panel. If you think, it is too much for you to handle, do not hesitate to make use of an automated antispyware tool.

You have to make sure that all the unwanted applications get removed from your system for good. Only then your browser will be restored to its optimal functionality, and you will be able to resume browsing the web without any discrepancies. Also, you should protect your system from similar intruders in the future by acquiring a powerful antispyware tool. Keep the automatic update function on so that the security application of your choice would have all the latest malware definitions. Also, please refrain from opening unfamiliar websites that might be associated with freeware distribution. Your web browsing habits are also important when it comes to ensuring your system’s safety.

How to Remove Ads by BandwidthStat

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and open Task Manager.
  2. Open the Processes tab.
  3. Locate and highlight the bandwidthstat.exe process.
  4. Click End Process. Close the Task Manager.
  5. Press Win+R and type %AppData%.
  6. Click OK and go to Roaming.
  7. Find and delete the bandwidthstat.exe file.
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