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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Gator

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gator
Technical name:Adware/Gator
Threat level:Low
Alias:GAIN, Claria,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It downloads and displays advertisements. It connects to web pages that contain the phrase gator.com through the port 80.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 11, 2003
Detection updated on:Feb. 1, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Gator is an adware type program, which offers the application at the only cost of viewing a series of advertisements.

Gator downloads and displays advertisements.

In addition, Gator connects to web pages that contain the phrase gator.com through the port 80. It does this in order to make it difficult to block this information delivery.

Some Gator versions replace the viewed advertising banners in the accessed web pages with others of its own.

Visible Symptoms 

    

When Gator is distributed as an ActiveX control, it displays the following window in order to ask the user for confirmation to install it: