This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.
This signature detects Spyware.SearchPounder communicating and requesting information from its controlling server.
Spyware.SearchPounder sends keywords typed into HTML forms and popular Internet search engines to a remote server.
Programs that have the ability to scan systems or monitor activity, and relay information to other computers or locations in cyberspace. Among the information that may be actively or passively gathered and disseminated by spyware are 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 Web site that downloads the spyware with or without an End User License Agreement.
The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.
1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
2. Update the virus definitions.
3. Run a full system scan.
4. Delete any values added to the registry.