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System Infected: Adware.Searchsquire Activity

Severity: Medium

This attack could pose a moderate security threat. It does not require immediate action.

Description

This signature detects Adware.Searchsquire communicating and requesting information from its controlling server.

Additional Information

Adware.Searchsquire is a Browser Helper Object that redirects certain URLs to a specified Web site.

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

Response

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.

1. Update the definitions.
2. Close all the open browser windows.
3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.Searchsquire.
4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
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