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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

TopSpyware

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:TopSpyware
Technical name:Adware/TopSpyware
Threat level:Low
Alias:topantispyware,, topantivirus, Adware.TopAV
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It displays an icon in the System Tray, modifies the Windows Desktop, and opens a web page offering a solution for a fake virus alert.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 29, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 29, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

TopSpyware is an adware program that displays an icon in the System Tray, which passes itself off as the Windows Update icon. It flashes a warning of a virus alert. If the user double-clicks on the icon, the web page http://topantivirus.biz is displayed on the web browser, offering a solution for the fake infection.

TopSpyware also modifies the Windows Desktop, and if the user double-clicks anywhere on it, the mentioned web page is also accessed.

TopSpyware reaches computers when the user accesses web pages that download other adware programs belonging to the family CWS (Cool Web Search), such as CWS.YEXE and CWS.Searchmeup.

Visible Symptoms 

    

TopSpyware is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it displays an icon flashing a fake virus alert in the System Tray:

Additionally, TopSpyware modifies the Windows Desktop: