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It logs all the web pages the user accesses and sends this information to its company servers, in order to create statistics about most visited sites, know user preferences, etc.
|First detected on:||Nov. 25, 2004|
|Detection updated on:||Sept. 23, 2009|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Alexa is a Windows Registry entry created either by the browser Internet Explorer or some of its service packs, and provides adware characteristics.
This entry displays the item Show Related Links in the Tools menu of Internet Explorer. If the user clicks this option, a sidebar is displayed, which uses servers in the company Alexa in order to search for web pages similar to the one currently displayed in Internet Explorer.
However, Alexa also logs all the web pages the user accesses and sends this information to the company servers, in order to create statistics about most visited sites, know user preferences, etc.
Alexa is easy to recognize, as it displays the item Show Related Links in the Tools menu of Internet Explorer:
If the user runs this option, it appears the following sidebar: