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Adware/VapSup

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Adware/VapSup
Technical name:Adware/VapSup
Threat level:Medium
Alias:not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.pn,
Type:Adware
Effects:  It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Oct. 28, 2007
Detection updated on:Feb. 23, 2010
StatisticsNo
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Adware refers to programs that display advertising using any means: pop-ups, banners, changes to the browser home page or search page, etc. The advertisements could be associated with the products or services offered by the creator of the program or by third-parties.

Adware can be installed in a number of ways, on some occasions without users' consent, and either with or without users' knowledge of its function.

 

Adware/VapSup uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.