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E-eliminator

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:E-eliminator
Technical name:Adware/E-eliminator
Threat level:Low
Alias:StartPage-HM, evidencie-eliminator,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It modifies the start page and the search page of Internet Explorer. This adware affects the computer when visiting adult content or illegal software websites.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 21, 2005
Detection updated on:Nov. 8, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

E-eliminator is an adware type malware that modifies the start page and the search page of Internet Explorer.

In the modified start page, some user data is displayed, such as IP address, ISP (Internet Service Provider), country of origin, Internet browser, operating system of the computer, etc. However, some compromising, but false data can also be included, such as keywords of sexual content that have been supposedly logged.

That start page is aimed to create a feeling of insecurity and threat to the users' privacy, that induces them to purchase an specific program, which is supposed to protect the affected users against such threat.

E-eliminator is installed in the affected computer when visiting adult content or illegal software websites.

Visible Symptoms 

    

E-eliminator is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It modifies the start page of Internet Explorer to the following:



    In that start page, some user data appears such as IP address, ISP (Internet Service Provider), country of origin, Internet browser and operating system, so that the user has a feeling of insecurity.
  • This problem is supposedly solved if the user downloads and installs the software mentioned bellow:

  • Additionally, E-eliminator modifies the search page of the browser to the following: