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Altnet

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Altnet
Technical name:Application/Altnet
Threat level:Low
Alias:TOPicks, topsearch, Need2Find,, BDE
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It inserts links to content offered by recording industries and advertisements related to the keywords that the user searches for in KaZaA Media Desktop.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 10, 2004
Detection updated on:Nov. 8, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

Altnet is an spyware program that reaches the computer when the user installs the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program KaZaA Media Desktop.

Seemingly, Altnet rewards users with points when they use KaZaA Media Desktop in order to share contents that are licensed. These points can be exchanged for more licensed content.

However, when the user searches for contents in KaZaA Media Desktop, Altnet inserts links to content offered by recording industries and advertisements related to the keywords used in the search.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Altnet is easy to recognize, as it adds an icon to the Windows Taskbar. If this icon is double-clicked, it displays the following window on screen: