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StartPage.CYA

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.CYA
Technical name:Adware/StartPage.CYA
Threat level:Low
Type:Adware
Effects:   It displays pop-up messages when it runs, distracting users and affecting productivity. It changes the security settings of Internet Explorer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Dec. 4, 2007
Detection updated on:Dec. 4, 2007
StatisticsNo

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 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.

 

StartPage.CYA does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

StartPage.CYA is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It changes the homepage of Internet Explorer.