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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SurfSideKick

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SurfSideKick
Technical name:Spyware/SurfSideKick
Threat level:Medium
Type:Spyware
Effects:  

It adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer and displays pop-up advertisements.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 2, 2004
Detection updated on:Nov. 3, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SurfSideKick is a spyware program that installs itself as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) in Internet Explorer, and displays pop-up advertisements.

SurfSideKick can be downloaded from its own website, but it is also sometimes downloaded to the computer without the user's consent, and without displaying any EULA (End User License Agreement).

Visible Symptoms 

    

SurfSideKick is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer and displays pop-up advertisements.