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Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

PremiumSearch

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PremiumSearch
Technical name:Adware/PremiumSearch
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It presents users attempting to access several web search engines with biased results, and changes the home page of Internet Explorer. It reaches the computer when accessing websites that use vulnerability exploits in order to affect computers.

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Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 22, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 4, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

PremiumSearch is an adware type program that redirects applications attempting to access a number of web search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and MSN, among others, to the IP address 69.31.81.22, thus presenting users with results of its author's choice.

It also downloads from the server located at http://ovxeas.biz a toolbar very similar to the one provided by Google, and then installs it.

Additionally, it uses a BHO (Browser Helper Object) in order to change the home page of Internet Explorer.

PremiumSearch reaches the computer when accessing websites that use vulnerability exploits in order to affect computers.

Visible Symptoms 

    

PremiumSearch is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer to the following: