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StartPage.CAV

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.CAV
Technical name:Adware/Startpage.CAV
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trj/StartPage.AV, Backdoor.Goweh.d
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  It goes memory resident, changes the home page of Internet Explorer and its default search options, and adds several links to the Favorites folder.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 11, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.AV is a Trojan that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer and its default search options.

When it is run, StartPage.AV goes memory resident and opens an Internet Explorer window that informs about supposed security dangers and invites to download an utility.

Afterwards, StartPage.AV connects to a website and receives a list of links, which it adds to the Favorites folder.

StartPage.AV 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 

    

A clear indication that StartPage.AV has affected your computer is that:

  • It changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.
  • It displays the following text on screen:

  • It adds several links to the Favorites folder.