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StarPage.AAI

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StarPage.AAI
Technical name:Adware/StarPage.AAI
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:   It collects information on Internet usage and the applications installed in the computer and uses it to display pop-up advertisements.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98

First detected on:Aug. 9, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 9, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:CHINA

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.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: .

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It injects itself in running processes.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

StarPage.AAI 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.