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PortalScan

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PortalScan
Technical name:Adware/PortalScan
Threat level:Low
Alias:AdRotator, 2nd Thought, SecondThought, 2nd-thought,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It downloads files like the backdoor Agent.K among others, to the affected computer. It changes the search page of the browser Internet Explorer and displays advertising messages.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 7, 2004
Detection updated on:June 28, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

PortalScan is an adware type program, which offers users an application in exchange for viewing a series of advertisements.

PortalScan changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer and sends information on the affected system.

This adware connects to several web sites in order to download files, like the backdoor Agent.K among others, or to display advertising messages or search engines.

Visible Symptoms 

    

PortalScan is very easy to recognize, as it changes the search page of the browser Internet Explorer for the one below:

Additionally, PortalScan displays advertising messages.