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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SearchAid

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SearchAid
Technical name:Adware/SearchAid
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It changes the Internet Explorer home page. It displays fake messages warning users that they could be affected by spyware and adware programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 13, 2004
Detection updated on:Oct. 27, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

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

SearchAid changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.

In addition, SearchAid displays fake messages warning users that they could be affected by spyware and adware programs, in order to trick users into visiting several web sites.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SearchAid is easy to recognize, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer for the one below:

Then, it displays a fake message, with a variable text, warning users that they can be affected by spyware and adware programs: