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ISTbar

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ISTbar
Technical name:Adware/IST.ISTBar
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It installs spyware and adware programs and dialers, and displays pop-up advertisements of adult content.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 20, 2003
Detection updated on:June 9, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ISTbar is an adware program that installs other spyware and adware programs and dialers without user's permission. It installs the following, among others: Adware/AdLogix, Adware/nCase, Adware/PurityScan, Spyware/Dyfuca, Spyware/WhenU.Savenow and Adware/IST.XXXToolbar.

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

ISTbar is easy to recognize, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer browser.
  • It displays pop-up advertisements of adult content.
  • It changes the home page of the Internet Explorer browser to one within the domain:
    http://www.slotch.com