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Danger level 6
Type: Adware


This software, BrowserModifier.Fotomoto, is a malicious adware application that tends to be distributed by its infected website.

Once a computer user visits the affiliated website, they are prompted to install an ActiveX plug-in, which will give the adware parasite permission to install onto the user’s computer.

BrowserModifier.Fotomoto tends to install itself in the registry, as well as opens links to its affiliated websites.

Once the BrowserModifier.Fotomoto program is installed it will start to display very intrusive pop-up messages and advertisements. The pop-up messages may take up all of the available workspace on a users screen, rendering their computer useless for several moments.

Unfortunately, the end-user typically has no knowledge of the presence of adware ... until of course the computer system starts acting strangely due its compromised state. 

Although this type of program is not always malicious, it has been known to perform suspicious activity such as monitoring the user’s internet behavior, forwarding that along (with information regarding the other programs on the infected computer) to third-party sources.

The main focus of BrowserModifier.Fotomoto is to display targeted advertisements based on your personal interest. These advertisements typically pop-up from every direction, often leading to spam emails and terrible system performance.

If your computer has been infected with this malicious software, it is recommended that you remove it immediately.  You can begin by following the steps provided below to terminate the process:

Step 1:
Open the Windows Task Manager by simultaneously pressing the buttons \"CTRL\", \"ALT\", DEL\" or \"CTRL\", \"SHIFT\", \"ESC\".

Step 2:
Click the \"Processes\" tab on the Task Manager

Step 3:
Type in BrowserModifier.Fotomoto to search for the adware

Step 4:
When the adware process is displayed, highlight it and click the \"End Process\" tab, which should terminate all activity.  From there you can delete the process file.

These steps enable you to obtain brief control of the situation and work on a solution.  Your next step is to remove this adware from your system in the \"Add/Remove programs\" utility. 

While it has been known to work, there is a good chance that BrowserModifier.Fotomoto may completely restore itself because of multiple infections.  In this instance you can attempt to remove BrowserModifier.Fotomoto from the Windows registry or with the aid of an anti-spyware program. 

You will need to consult a legitimate anti-spyware application for step-by-step instructions on how to do just that – to ensure the virus is eradicated completely.

Remember, this application needs to be eradicated immediately!

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How to manually remove BrowserModifier.Fotomoto

Files associated with BrowserModifier.Fotomoto infection:


BrowserModifier.Fotomoto DLL's to remove:


Remove BrowserModifier.Fotomoto registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{413d87fb-0355-02b2-90de-31c51eb229f8}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{63a7a458-4bd8-981e-ba39-b1c4e635e1b0}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{6a3b91af-6fff-d9fd-36f4-d98928c66c60}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{8e446334-6196-7a99-bdfb-e741b5c47ac4}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{cbc50baf-6d1f-2181-3ab0-b5ef944f1adf}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser HelperObjects{d27a1d37-61e0-a609-f7ac-07e1fcb2df93}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{413d87fb-0355-02b2-90de-31c51eb229f8}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{63a7a458-4bd8-981e-ba39-b1c4e635e1b0}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{6a3b91af-6fff-d9fd-36f4-d98928c66c60}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{8e446334-6196-7a99-bdfb-e741b5c47ac4}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{cbc50baf-6d1f-2181-3ab0-b5ef944f1adf}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser HelperObjects\{d27a1d37-61e0-a609-f7ac-07e1fcb2df93}

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