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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Spydeleter

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spydeleter
Technical name:Spyware/Spydeleter
Threat level:Low
Alias:AdClicker-BH, Trj/Clicker.W, homepage-network
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It downloads and installs other spyware programs. It changes the home page of Internet Explorer, and attempts to trick the user into buying a solution for it.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 22, 2004
Detection updated on:Oct. 26, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spydeleter is a spyware program that downloads and installs other spyware programs.

Additionally, Spydeleter changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer. The modified home page contains a link that points to the website www.spydeleter.com, in which the affected user could supposedly buy for 29$ the solution for a spyware that would have affected the computer previously.

Sometimes, it also creates a contextual menu that, upon clicking on it, accesses this spyware website in order to buy the so-called solution.

Spydeleter is automatically downloaded from an accessed web page containing links to malicious Java scripts that attempt to install it.

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Visible Symptoms 

    

Spydeleter is easy to recognize, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer to: