Sponsorship is a kind of adware threat to the attacked computer without users’ knowledge, and it can leave lots of troubles onto the target computer. The first side, once this infection enters into the system, it begins to keep the popup windows with annoying ads, surveys, and etc. most of ads are related to commercial things, and whenever you open a website, you will find unneeded ads on the screen pages. Those ads keep pop-up all the time, and users cannot stop them, and it can open a new pop-up window while you tab a search on the IE, or other browsers. The second side, it can change the settings of the browser and default search engine. This threat can attack the most famous browsers such as IE, Google Chrome and MozillaFirefox, Bing, or Yahoo. When you open a site or a page, Sponsorship will show the ads on the pages of the target sites, and when you close the windows of the ads, it will open a new one randomly without your permission. At this point, you cannot be able to use your own search engine normally, for each time you open it, the ads will appear on the page of it. In this case, your homepage or search engine will be clashed over and over. In addition, this infection will force you to install a search engine which you are familiar with handling, or you never see it before. So your computer may be installed or downloaded other threats. If this virus has hit your computer, it will track your online actions and collect your privacy data without your notification at all. Commonly, this virus can sneak into the computer by many ways which are activated stealthily. It may utilize the fragile traits of the network, and leak of the fire wall or security protection. It also can come into the target system by installing a free ware, or updating a program online, opening a spam attachment, and visiting an illicit website.
To make it more believable, there are cases to show the dangerous of the Sponsorship virus.
“I’m having this ‘Sponsorship’ pop-up virus on my computer. The ads coming from this malware is so annoying. It begins to pop-up on new window or opens a tab on Chrome and Firefox. I have tries several fixes from various forums but to no avail. Scanning with Malwarebytes, but it doesn’t stop the advertising.”
“I've caught a virus in Chrome. Usually at the beginning of the day, Chrome opens automatically with a single tab named "Sponsorship" directing toward an obvious advertising page. A full scan by Malwarebytes is clean -- no malware detected. Does Malwarebytes not detect this?
“I was just browsing 9gag and deviantart minding my own business. When this pop up opened called sponsorship. Is it some kind of virus or is it a new advertising way. Every time I am browsing the Internet, I keep on getting “Sponsorship” advertisement.”
Hazardous traits of Sponsorship infection
First trait: this adware threat to the attacked computer without users’ knowledge.
Second trait: it will keep the popup windows with annoying ads, surveys, and etc.
Third trait: it can open a new pop-up window while you tab a search on the IE, or other browsers
Fourth trait: it will change the settings of the browser and default search engine, and then you cannot use your browser normally.
Fifth trait: this infection will track your online actions and collect your privacy data without your notification at all.
Sixth trait: this virus can sneak into the computer by many ways which are activated stealthily by using leak of the fire wall or security protection.
Easily way to remove Sponsorship infection from your computer
Step 1. Show hidden folder
1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
3). Click on the Folder Options link
4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
Step 2. To stop the related running processes:
Step3.Delete Sponsorship files or folders as follows:
*% Program Files% \ Sponsorship \ Sponsorship. exe
*%UserProfile%\Desktop\ Sponsorship. lnk
*%UserProfile%\Start Menu \ Sponsorship \ Sponsorship. lnk
*%UserProfile%\Start Menu \ Sponsorship \Help. lnk
*%UserProfile%\Start Menu \ Sponsorship \Registration. lnk
*%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch \ Sponsorship. Lnk
Step 4.Remove Sponsorship registry entry:
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Sponsorship\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Sponsorship\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Sponsorship\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Step 5. Disable proxy
1. Click on Tools on the menu bar
2. Select Internet options
3. Go to Connections tab
4. Select LAN settings at the bottom of the dialog
5. Under the Proxy server, untick 'use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).'
6. Click OK
Important notice: Sponsorship infection is a very hazardous for the attacked computer; it can cause lots of issues after installing it. It may show annoying ads, change your browser settings and slow down you computer performance. In this case, you need to get rid of it fromyour system immediately.