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Zango

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Zango
Technical name:Adware/Zango
Threat level:Medium
Alias:180Solutions,Zango Search Assistant,MetricsDirect,
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It downloads and displays advertisements, founding on the Internet usage habits of the user. It periodically redirects the browser Internet Explorer to an specific website.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 24, 2004
Detection updated on:Jan. 16, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

Zango is an adware type program, which offers the application at the only cost of viewing a series of advertisements.

According to the company that created it, Zango is executed in the background and it displays information, offers and products according to keywords previously entered by the user while surfing the Internet. However, Zango downloads and displays advertisements, founding on the Internet usage habits.

Zango periodically redirects the browser Internet Explorer to websites belonging to its sponsors.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Zango is very easy to recognize as it creates a shortcut on the Windows Desktop and on the Start menu to the following website: