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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Istbar.G

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Istbar.G
Technical name:Trj/Istbar.G
Threat level:Low
Alias:TrojanDownloader.Win32.IstBar.e, TheLocalSearch Toolbar, Qidion, The Local Search, The Local Search Smartbar, The Local Smartbar, Smartbar, xxx-toolbar
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It installs spyware programs and dialers, and displays advertisements of adult content.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Oct. 20, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Istbar.G is a Trojan that installs several spyware programs and dialers without the user's permission.

It also displays advertisements from adult sites and adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer browser.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Istbar.G is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • The user is asked for confirmation to run the ActiveX code that installs the Trojan:


  • It adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer browser.
  • It displays advertisements of adult content.

In addition, it changes the home page of the Internet Explorer browser to one within the domain:
http://www.slotch.com