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StartPage.CEB

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.CEB
Technical name:Adware/Startpage.CEB
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It changes the home page of Internet Explorer and displays advertisements at random.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 16, 2004
Detection updated on:May 16, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.EB is a Trojan that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer. It also displays a random pop-up advertisement when the user opens Internet Explorer.

In addition, StartPage.EB modifies the HOSTS file, so that the web site auto.search.msn.com is redirected to an IP address that is under the control of the Trojan's author.

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

Additionally, StartPage.EB displays a random pop-up advertisement when the user opens Internet Explorer.