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Alexa-Toolbar

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

It makes the default Internet searches to be carried out in Alexa's search page, logs them and sends this information to the company. It blocks pop-up advertisements.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 3, 2004
Detection updated on:Nov. 14, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Alexa-Toolbar is an adware program that adds a toolbar to the browser Internet Explorer.

Alexa-Toolbar changes the options of Internet Explorer, so that default Internet searches are carried out in Alexa's search page. Then, these searches carried out by the affected user are sent to the company Alexa, which generates different statistics using this information.

Additionally, Alexa-Toolbar prevents pop-up advertisements from being displayed.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Alexa-Toolbar is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it adds the following toolbar to Internet Explorer: