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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Aboutblank

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Aboutblank
Technical name:Adware/CWS.Aboutblank
Threat level:Low
Alias:Startpage.FH, ns3, Home Search Assistent, go.gif
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It changes the Internet Explorer home page. It displays fake messages warning users on a possible affection by spyware and adware programs. It can install other malware on the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 24, 2005
Detection updated on:Feb. 2, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Aboutblank is an adware program that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer. As long as the computer is affected by Aboutblank, the original home page can not be restored.

In addition, Aboutblank displays fake messages warning users on a possible affection by spyware and adware programs, in order to trick users into visiting several specific web sites.

If users visit these web sites, other messages will be displayed, asking for users permission for installing other malware and programs such as eAcceleration and eAnthology.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Aboutblank is easy to recognize, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer for the one below:

Then, it displays a fake message, with a variable text, warning users on a possible affection by spyware and adware programs: