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|Alias:||zsxz.zhongsou.com, zsearch, pigsearch, IETimber,|
It gathers information about users' Internet habits and sends it out. It can be installed with users' consent, but sometimes it is installed without their consent.
It monitors the affected user's Internet browsing habits.
It does not spread automatically using its own means.
|First detected on:||Feb. 17, 2006|
|Detection updated on:||June 7, 2010|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
SearchNet is a spyware.
Spyware can be installed either with or without users' consent, and either with or without their knowledge about the data gathered and/or the use of it.
It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy:
user's browsing habits.
SearchNet uses the following propagation or distribution methods:
- Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
- It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: MultiDropper.BJK.