How to remove the AdVantage virus
Most antivirus programs identify AdVantage.exe as malware, for instance TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_SAVENOW or TROJ_GEN.R21C8D2, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.WhenU.s or HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic.
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AdVantage.exe file information
Description: AdVantage.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AdVantage.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 880,080 bytes (64% of all occurrences), 884,176 bytes or 134,656 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file has a digital signature. AdVantage.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. AdVantage.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous.
If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ AdVantage.
Recommended: Identify AdVantage.exe related errors
If AdVantage.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 37% dangerous. The file size is 131,072 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 127,488 bytes and 4 more variants. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce). It is not a Windows core file. AdVantage.exe seems to be a compressed file.
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