Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.
Adware refers to programs that display advertising using any means: pop-ups, banners, changes to the browser home page or search page, etc. The advertisements could be associated with the products or services offered by the creator of the program or by third-parties.
Adware can be installed in a number of ways, on some occasions without users' consent, and either with or without users' knowledge of its function.
Startpage.AWA prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).
Startpage.AWA redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.
Startpage.AWA redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.
Startpage.AWA uses the following propagation or distribution methods:
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