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WinTools

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

It adds a toolbar to the Internet Explorer, collects information on Internet usage, installs programs without user consent and displays web sites according to the web sites most frequently viewed by the user.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 18, 2004
Detection updated on:June 6, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

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

Wintools installs a toolbar in the browser Internet Explorer.

In addition, and according to the usage conditions displayed before the installation process starts, Wintools collects information on Internet usage, displays web sites according to the web sites the user usually visits and changes the search and DNS error functions of the Internet Explorer.

Wintools is programmed to download programs that are included or updated in the web sites accessed.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Wintools is easy to recognize, as it adds the following toolbar to the browser Internet Explorer:

In addition, it displays several web sites, according to the sites most frequently viewed by the user.