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NSearch

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:NSearch
Technical name:Adware/NSearch
Threat level:Low
Alias:spooner, ntsearch.com, small.nj
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It redirects searches carried out in several web searchers to its own search engine, thus presenting users with results of its own.

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Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 30, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 5, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

NSearch is an adware program that redirects the searches of certain keywords carried out in several web search engines, such as Google, to its own search engine, http://www.ntach.com/ search.php?q=, which presents affected users with results of its own.

For example, if the user searches for Holidays in Google:

NSearch can be installed in the affected computer without user consent, as it is automatically downloaded while accessing several adult sites or pirated software websites that use vulnerability exploits in order to affect computers.

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Visible Symptoms 

    

NSearch is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.