- September 12, 2002
- May 21, 2010 2:57:13 AM
- Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Trojan.Adclicker is a detection name used by Symantec to identify malicious programs that share the primary functionality of artificially generating traffic to pay-per-click Web advertising campaigns in order to create or boost revenue.
Pay-per-click, or PPC, is a Web advertising technique by way of which revenue is generated each time a user clicks on an advertisement. Advertising revenue may be shared by the parties involved in a number of different ways, but advertisers typically pay advertisement publishers each time a user clicks on one of their advertisements.
If a criminal group — or one of their affiliates — poses as a publisher, they can generate revenue by artificially generating fake 'clicks'. One way in which this may be achieved is through the use of a Trojan horse program that runs on unsuspecting users' computers. Trojan.Adclicker is a detection name used by Symantec to identify these malicious programs.
If a Symantec antivirus product displays a detection alert for this threat, it means the computer is already protected and the Symantec product will effectively remove this threat from the computer.
Antivirus Protection Dates
Initial Rapid Release version September 13, 2002
Latest Rapid Release version September 30, 2016 revision 025
Initial Daily Certified version September 13, 2002
Latest Daily Certified version October 1, 2016 revision 001
Initial Weekly Certified release date September 18, 2002
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Writeup By: Henry Bell