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Sunday, October 12, 2014

What is dnkt.exe and how to remove it?

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dnkt.exe - by Perion Network Ltd.

What is dnkt.exe?

dnkt.exe is a part of adware and Webtoolbar. It's digitally signed by Perion Network Ltd. It's not a virus (see scan results) but it can cause havoc, slow down your computer and display ads. Even though, it's usually detected as not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Perinet.d, Adware-SweetIM you can see that other anti-virus engines have detected a lot more dangerous malware in dnkt.exe. For example, Trojan.Win32.StartPage.45 which means this antivirus program thinks it has characteristics similar to those of Trojan horses. Other well known anti-virus programs say it's a Trojan.Win32.WebToolbar.degcww. Once installed, this adware installs a few additional components that display ads on your computer. It may install malicious browser extensions as well. It can also change your Proxy settings without your knowledge and send your web traffic through rogue proxy servers that may later use all gathered information to redirect your web browser to dodgy websites or display ads on your computer. If you try to change modified Proxy server or disable it, dnkt.exe will change it back. So, it works pretty much as a browser hijacker. Needless to say, it's not essential for Windows and may cause serious problems. This program can be removed manually but it would be better to use an anti-malware program because if it's installed on your computer then there might be other potentially harmful software installed as well.

File name: dnkt.exe
Publisher: Perion Network Ltd.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mjcm\
File Location Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mjcm\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → dnkt.exe