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StartPage.GN

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.GN
Technical name:Trj/StartPage.GN
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It changes the Internet Explorer seacrh page.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:July 2, 2004
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.GN is a Trojan that changes the seacrh page of the browser Internet Explorer. It is an adware component that redirects the browser to an specific web site.

In addition, StartPage.GN gathers information on the active user session.

StartPage.GN 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.GN is easy to recognize, as it changes the search page of the browser Internet Explorer to the one below: