1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. Adware.Websearch


February 13, 2007 11:35:02 AM
Risk Impact:
File Names:
common.dll IExploreSkins.exe PIB.exe QDow_AS2.dll setupex.exe TBPS.exe toolbar.dll WSG.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP


Adware.Websearch is an adware component that modifies Internet Explorer's default home page and search settings. It adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer and a number of icons to the system tray. It also sends user information to a predetermined Web site, including keywords from searches.

Note: Detections prior to March 21, 2005 may detect this security risk as Adware.Huntbar or Adware.Huntbar.B .


The files on the computer are detected as Adware.Websearch.


This adware component can be manually installed or installed as a component of another program.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 2, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version June 15, 2015 revision 038
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 15, 2003 revision 004
  • Latest Daily Certified version June 16, 2015 revision 003
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 15, 2003
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