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Adware.Hicosmea is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of adware targeting Windows systems.


Adware.Hicosmea typically drops a DLL in a new sub-folder of %APPDATA%\roaming. This DLL will then be loaded in explorer.exe to display pop-ups and other forms of advertisements.


Malwarebytes protects users from Adware.Hicosmea using real-time protection.

block Adware.Hicosmea

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.Hicosmea


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.Hicosmea without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

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