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Adware
Malware type: Adware
Destructive: No
Platform: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
In the wild: Yes

Overview


Adware displays advertising content, often in a manner or context that may be unexpected and unwanted by users.

Adware programs often create unwanted effects on a system like displaying pop-up advertisements and, in some instances, the lowering of either network connection or system performance.

Some adware can also collect the system's browsing information (e.g. sites visited) and send the information to a remote server on the Internet.

The gathered information is used by a remote Web site or user for marketing purposes.

Solution


Minimum scan engine: 9.200

Trend customers:

    Keep your pattern and scan engine files updated. Trend Micro antivirus software can clean or remove most types of computer threats. Malware, though, such as Trojans, scripts, overwriting viruses and joke programs which are identified as uncleanable, should simply be deleted.

All Internet users:

    1. Use HouseCall - the Trend Micro online threat scanner to check for malware that may already be on your PC.
    2. Catch malware/grayware before they affect your PC or network. Secure your Web world with Trend Micro products that offer the best anti-threat and content security solutions for home users, corporate users, and ISPs. Go here for more information on Trend Micro products that fit your needs.


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