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Adware.CWSAlfaSearch

Updated:
February 13, 2007 11:41:22 AM
Type:
Adware
Publisher:
CoolWebSearch
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
msupdate.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

Behavior


Adware.CWSAlfasearch changes the Microsoft Internet Explorer search page and start page settings and adds a number of adult-oriented shortcuts to the Favorites folder. It also modifies the hosts file to redirect searches to specified Web sites.

Symptoms


One or more files are detected as Adware.CWSAlfaSearch.

Transmission


This adware can be installed manually, through security exploits, or by ActiveX downloaders.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version December 7, 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 7, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 8, 2004
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