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


February 13, 2007 11:35:56 AM
Risk Impact:
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP


Adware.SearchCounter changes Internet Explorer's search and home pages, redirects network traffic, and displays browser popup windows.


Attempts to connect to auto.search.msn.com are redirected to in.webcounter.cc.
  • The default search and home pages in Internet Explorer are changed to in.webcounter.cc.
  • Internet Explorer popup windows displaying in.webcounter.cc are automatically opened.
  • On logon, Windows error messages are displayed, stating that "fntldr.exe cannot be found."


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 April 13, 2015 revision 048
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 1, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 14, 2015 revision 005
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 3, 2003
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