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February 13, 2007 11:37:13 AM
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Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP


Adware.WorldSearch is an adware program that changes the default prefix of Internet Explorer. The effect of this action is that any URLs typed without an http:// prefix will be redirected to [http:/ /]world-search.biz/[REMOVED]/search.php?url=


Your Symantec antivirus program detects this threat as Adware.WorldSearch.
  • Typed URLs are redirected to [http:/ /]world-search.biz/[REMOVED]/.


Adware.WorldSearch can be manually installed, or downloaders can install it that take advantage of an Internet Explorer vulnerability. For more information, and a patch for the vulnerability, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-013.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 2, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 26, 2016 revision 009
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 22, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 26, 2016 revision 025
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 28, 2004
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