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Swizzor

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Swizzor
Technical name:Adware/Swizzor
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  It downloads a plugin that has spyware and adware functions. It changes the home page of the Internet Explorer.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Dec. 4, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

Swizzor downloads from the Internet a plugin, sometimes without the user permission, which carries out spyware and adware functions while the session lasts.

In addition, Swizzor changes the home page of the Internet Explorer browser and its search capabilities.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Swizzor is easy to recognize once it has reached the computer, as it changes the home page of the Internet Explorer.

Sometimes, a message appears that informs of the download of a file.