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StartPage

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage
Technical name:Spyware/StartPage
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It collects information on Internet usage and the applications installed in the computer and sends it to Internet advertising companies.

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Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 23, 2003
Detection updated on:Aug. 22, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

StartPage is a spyware.

Spyware programs are usually included in free applications downloaded from the Internet.

These programs are installed on the affected computer, sometimes without user consent, without warning users that these programs will collect user details, such as Internet usage, pages viewed, phone connection details, inventory of the applications installed in the computer, etc.

Then, this information will be sent to Internet advertising companies, without the user consent and without users realizing.

Visible Symptoms

 

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

  • It changes the homepage of Internet Explorer.