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Messenger Plus! Adware Bundler Information

Name: Messenger Plus!
Category: Adware Bundler
Alias: - Alias: MidnightOil, La Belle Lucie
Advice: Keep
Risk: Low Risk Low risk threats pose a very low risk or no immediate danger to your computer or your privacy, however these types of applications may profile user online habits, but only according to specific privacy policies stated in the applications End-User License. These types of threats generally borderline on being a threat to being a standard application that has a complex license agreement that you knowingly installed.
Description: Messenger Plus! is a add-on for MSN Messenger. Messenger Plus! installs an OPTIONAL adware called C2Media which is also known as LOP.com.

According to Messenger Plus!'s website you can install the software without the AdWare.

Quote for removing AdWare:
"Go in Add/Remove Programs and double click on "Messenger Plus!" (or click on Remove)

The "Messenger Plus! - Setup" is now displayed. Click on the Uninstall button. After a couple of seconds, the program will ask you if you want to keep your preferences, it is suggested to say "Yes" if you plan to reinstall Messenger Plus! in the future (this question is not related to the sponsor program).

The sponsor screen is now displayed (if you don't see it, search for it in your Task Bar). To prove that someone is currently reading the screen, you have to type the code that is displayed.

If you entered the code properly, the program will ask you to confirm that you want to uninstall. You must answer "Yes" to this question, else, you won't have another chance of uninstalling.

To complete the uninstallation, follow the instructions that are displayed (the first one is to close all your Internet Explorer windows, that's very important). When everything is complete, restart your computer and, voila!"

From the FAQ:
"Messenger Plus! comes with an optional sponsor program. This program will show ads from time to time on your computer, add a search bar in Internet Explorer and may change your start page. In NO case this sponsor is mandatory or dangerous. If you don't want it, simply refuse the sponsor agreement during the setup and you will never hear about it again. If you installed the sponsor by error, just uninstall Messenger Plus! (it will trigger the sponsor uninstall program), reboot your computer, and reinstall without the sponsor if you want to continue to use Messenger Plus!.

Important: if you wish to get rid of the sponsor program, you must uninstall Messenger Plus! from the Add/Remove Programs window. If you start deleting files on your own you will prevent a full system restore as some of the files copied by the sponsor are backups of your original configuration files."

Signatures: process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 146bd9eaffcd1fbd91a... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 0b53e5530de449de5f6... process: msgplus-301.exe: MD5 Hash: 4701506adf2fdcc85cf... process: curb readme.exe: MD5 Hash: 4bb6310f9caca126903... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: d79ee496c78520dafc8... process: start about.exe: MD5 Hash: 8baa1714eb2f90a3e8c... process: drawbibbook.exe: MD5 Hash: 06a0dde333a6ad7987f... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 3604cea65f3e1621e9b... process: peak real.exe: MD5 Hash: 3012628c7a55002c49c... process: msgplus-setup.exe: MD5 Hash: 41b06efb51fcda7dd39... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: c69da68aad54eb59b4e... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 39294d45e8615569026... process: sectonepingspam.exe: MD5 Hash: 97cb1ba721e7194955b... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: c977531035fdfea61ab... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: ae80e8b26dd50a37823... process: msgplus-325.exe: MD5 Hash: fc8ecf00924d67439ce... process: msgplus-352.exe: MD5 Hash: 19ed4bc8d8cfb224d7b... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 8b270c670a397a450ed... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 995f7d9e1276d7c75a9... process: msgplus-352.exe: MD5 Hash: 19ed4bc8d8cfb224d7b... process: msgplus-354.exe: MD5 Hash: a62bad0b0e61bc9cb4a... process: mplus3_setup.exe: MD5 Hash: bbe17a5c16879edb45b... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: e880c0a6c67bba8ecbf... process: msgplus.exe: MD5 Hash: 6939e0f389095a9c77e..
Type: Adware Bundler - A Bundler is a software program that installs adware on your computer either with your permission or without. Most of the software classified as a bundler requires that the adware program(s) be installed in order for the actual software to complete installation or run. In addition in most cases if the adware is removed the software will cease to function as well.



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