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StartPage.CAC

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.CAC
Technical name:Adware/Startpage.CAC
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trj/StartPage.AC, Trojan.Win32. StartPage.bj
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  It changes the home page of Internet Explorer and modifies the Windows Registry in order to be run whenever a text file is opened.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98

Detection updated on:Jan. 21, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.AC is a Trojan that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.

In addition, it modifies an entry in the Windows Registry so as to be run whenever the user opens a text file (files with a TXT extension).

StartPage.AC does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs the attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

StartPage.AC is easy to recognize, as it changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.