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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 subfolder 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 MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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