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DownloadWare

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:DownloadWare
Technical name:Adware/DownloadWare
Threat level:Low
Alias:MediaLoads,NetworkEssentials,SmartPops,Fuel,GoHip,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  It downloads and installs programs from advertisers; most of these programs are spyware or adware type.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 12, 2003
Detection updated on:Nov. 14, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

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

DownloadWare can download and install programs from advertisers. This poses a security risk, as it does not provide any security measures in order to check that the programs are harmless for the computer.

In addition, most of the applications downloaded by DownloadWare are spyware or adware type.

Visible Symptoms 

    

DownloadWare is easy to recognize, as it displays an icon in the Taskbar, next to the system clock.