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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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 8/7/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 or from 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.
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If AdVantage.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 131,072 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 127,488 bytes and 5 more variants. The program has a visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, RunOnce). The AdVantage.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program.
Important: You should check the AdVantage.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AdVantage. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the AdVantage.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.