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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Apropos

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Apropos
Technical name:Spyware/Apropos
Threat level:Low
Alias:Apropo, PeopleOnPage, contextplus, Porad, Envolo,
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It collects information on Internet usage and the applications installed in the computer and sends it to Internet advertising companies.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 8, 2004
Detection updated on:Oct. 31, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Apropos is a spyware, which are computer applications that collect information about users browsing activity, preferences and interests. The data collected is sent to the creator of the application or third-parties, either directly or after being stored on the computer.

Spyware can be installed with the user consent and awareness, but sometimes it is not. The same happens with the knowledge or lack of knowledge regarding data collected and the way it is used.