Claria.PrecisionTime

Precision Time isn’t by itself an adware or spyware program.  It is actually a program designed to synchronize the computer’s clock with the atomic clock.  It is created by Claria, formerly known as GAIN Network, formerly known as Gator.  Under all three names, Claria is a well-documented purveyor of spyware  programs.  Claria has been rendered defunct after several class action lawsuits involving spam or spyware abuse.  Even though Claria doesn’t exist anymore, the spyware they used is still “in the wild,” and is still considered a threat to the health of your computer.

Precision Time, while not a spyware program in its own right, is bundled with spyware programs.  According to the End User Licensing Agreement from Claria, when you download Precision Time, the user agrees to accept pop-up advertisements and to let Claria scan their computer for data regarding their browsing history.  Of course, the user never sees Claria’s EULA unless they specifically ask to.  Claria also makes it known that removing the spyware components by using an antispyware program is prohibited and will render the program useless.  They suggest using the Add/Remove Programs function to remove Precision Time.

While the Add/Remove Programs function will remove the Precision Time program, it will not remove the spyware bundled with it.  You will still get pop-up ads well after you remove Precision Time this way.  To safely and effectively remove the spyware bundled with Precision Time, you should use a powerful antispyware program.  It is our suggestion that you use ZookaWare PC Cleaner to clean the spyware from your PC.

Associated Files:
installprecisiontime.exe, precisiontime.exe, PrecisionTime.exe, precisiontime.exe, ptuninstaller.exe, ptuninstaller.exe, ptuninstaller.exe, %program_files_common%\gmt\ginstaller.dll

Registry Values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\app management\arpcache\precisiontime, changed=0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\app management\arpcache\precisiontime, changed=

 

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