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.
It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy:
user's browsing habits.
It reduces the security level of the computer:
it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level.
GoodSearchNow 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: Dialer, Krepper.O, Downloader.LHW, Downloader.LQG, Downloader.LUW, Downloader.MDA, Downloader.MGF, Downloader.OVM, Downloader.PYU, Downloader.QRD.