Short bio

Adware.RunBooster is Malwarebytes’ detection for a family of adware that mainly uses the Windows scheduled tasks feature to show advertisements on affected systems.


Users of affected systems may notice warnings during install, scheduled tasks, or an entry in installed programs and features.

install Adware.RunBooster

Adware.RunBooster install warning

Scheduled Adware.RunBooster

Adware.RunBooster Scheduled Task

installed Adware.RunBooster

Adware.RunBooster entry under installed Programs and Features


Malwarebytes protects users from Adware.RunBooster by using real-time protection.

block Adware.RunBooster

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.RunBooster


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.RunBooster 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.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/7/17
Scan Time: 9:11 AM
Logfile: mbamRunBooster.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.43
Update Package Version: 1.0.1201
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 359009
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 3 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Quarantined, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201

Module: 1
Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Quarantined, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201

Registry Key: 3
Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358296],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RunBoosterUpdateTask, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358287],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RUNBOOSTER, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201

Registry Value: 2
Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9}|PATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358296],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RUNBOOSTER|DESCRIPTION, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 4
Adware.RunBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\RUNBOOSTERSETUP64_3231.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357686],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERUPDATETASK64.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357685],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RUNBOOSTERUPDATETASK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357683],1.0.1201
Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)



You may see these entries in FRST logs:

 (SkyNET Corporation) C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe
 R2 RunBooster; C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe [286720 2017-02-07] (SkyNET Corporation) [File not signed]
 R2 WinDivert1.2; C:\Windows\system32\drivers\WinDivert64.sys [37552 2017-02-07] (Basil)
 (Basil) C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\WinDivert64.sys
 C:\Program Files\RunBooster

RunBooster (HKLM\...\RunBooster) (Version: 1.0.3 - SkyNET Corporation) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9} - System32\Tasks\RunBoosterUpdateTask => C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterUpdateTask64.exe [2017-02-07] (SkyNET Corporation) <==== ATTENTION
() C:\Program Files\RunBooster\WinDivert.dll

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