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System Infected: Adware.BetterInternet Install Activity

Severity: High

This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.

Description

This signature detects a Binet installation CAB File Request.

Additional Information

This signature indicates this system may be infected with Adware Binet.Adware.

Binet is a Browser Helper Object that displays advertisements, and downloads and installs files.Binet (Abetterinternet) is a part of the Transpoder Groups.

Once the BHO dll is installed on the host it transmits signals to its controlling server.The first transmission is called a ROUTIN Checkin, which transmits user information along with a UID which updates the user profile on server's database.

It then transmits the user info and checks for updates for new objects install /reinstalling old ones.It also transmits user surfing habits and collects information from online forms filled out by the user from any of the popup advertisment generated by third party servers and affiliates.

The major variants are :
mxtarget.dll(mx-targeting.com)
LocalNrd.dll(LocalNrd.com)
Dbi-bi.dll(abetterinternet.com)
and others

Spyware :
Programs that have the ability to scan systems or monitor activity and relay information to other computers or locations in cyber-space. Among the information that may be actively or passively gathered and disseminated by Spyware: passwords, log-in details, account numbers, personal information, individual files or other personal documents. Spyware may also gather and distribute information related to the user's computer, applications running on the computer, Internet browser usage or other computing habits.

Spyware frequently attempts to remain unnoticed, either by actively hiding or by simply not making its presence on a system known to the user. Spyware can be downloaded from Web sites (typically in shareware or freeware), email messages, and instant messengers. Additionally, a user may unknowingly receive and/or trigger spyware by accepting an End User License Agreement from a software program linked to the spyware or from visiting a website that downloads the spyware with or without an End User License Agreement

Adware :
Programs that facilitate delivery of advertising content to the user through their own window, or by utilizing another program's interface. In some cases, these programs may gather information from the user's computer, including information related to Internet browser usage or other computing habits, and relay this information back to a remote computer or other location in cyber-space.

Adware can be downloaded from Web sites (typically in shareware or freeware), email messages, and instant messengers. Additionally, a user may unknowingly receive and/or trigger adware by accepting an End User License Agreement from a software program linked to the adware or from visiting a website that downloads the adware with or without an End User License Agreement.

Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Japanese Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Workstation rev.2031, rev.2072, rev.2195, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 95 Build 490.R6, j, SP1, SR2
  • Microsoft Windows 98 a, b, j, SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 98 With Plus! Pack
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE
  • Microsoft Windows CE 2.0, 3.0, 4.2
  • Microsoft Windows ME
  • Microsoft Windows NT 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.1 SP1, 3.5.1 SP2, 3.5.1 SP3, 3.5.1 SP4, 3.5.1 SP5, 3.5.1 SP5 alpha, 4.0, 4.0 alpha, 4.0 SP1, 4.0 SP1 alpha, 4.0 SP2, 4.0 SP2 alpha, 4.0 SP3, 4.0 SP3 alpha, 4.0 SP4, 4.0 SP4 alpha, 4.0 SP5, 4.0 SP5 alpha, 4.0 SP6, 4.0 SP6 alpha, 4.0 SP6a, 4.0 SP6a alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0, 4.0 SP1, 4.0 SP2, 4.0 SP3, 4.0 SP4, 4.0 SP5, 4.0 SP6, 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, 4.0 SP1, 4.0 SP2, 4.0 SP3, 4.0 SP4, 4.0 SP5, 4.0 SP6, 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0, 4.0 alpha, 4.0 SP1, 4.0 SP2, 4.0 SP3, 4.0 SP4, 4.0 SP5, 4.0 SP6, 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0, 4.0 SP1, 4.0 SP2, 4.0 SP3, 4.0 SP4, 4.0 SP5, 4.0 SP6, 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1, SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista beta
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1, SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1, SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1, SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1, SP2

Response

For instructions on how to remove this installation from your network, reference Symantec Security Response.
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