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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

New.net

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:New.net
Technical name:Spyware/New.net
Threat level:Low
Alias:NewDotNet,
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer. It allows the DNS system to use new domains.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 11, 2003
Detection updated on:Dec. 3, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

New.net is a spyware program, which is usually included in applications that can be downloaded from the Internet.

New.net adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer browser. In addition, it allows the DNS system to use new domain extensions, such as .SHOP.

Additionally, New.net registers itself as LSP (Layered Service Provider), in order to harvest users' information about their connection, such as Internet usage, pages viewed, phone connection details, inventory of the applications installed in the computer, etc.

 

Note:

LSP (Layered Service Provider) is a Windows feature that allows to specify a number of programs, in order to process all the TCP/IP traffic taking place between Internet and the applications that are accessing Internet (such as the web browser, the email client, etc.).

For example, it could be specified a computer security program, which analyses the traffic in search for viruses or other threats before transferring it to the final application of the traffic.

However, this structure can also be used by adware and spyware programs, in order to intercept the communication across the Internet, and, what is worse, if they are deleted without taking precautions, the Internet connection will stop working indefinitely.

Visible Symptoms 

    

New.net is easy to recognize, as it adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer browser.