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Startpage.JY

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Startpage.JY
Technical name:Adware/Startpage.JY
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trj/Startpage.JY, find4u.net SearchAssistant hbison.com,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It changes the home page of Internet Explorer and its default search options.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 27, 2004
Detection updated on:July 10, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:ESTONIA

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.JY is a Trojan that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer and its default search options.

StartPage.JY also adds several shortcuts to the Favorites folder of the affected user.

StartPage.JY does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an 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.JY is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer to the following: