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Spyware/IESuper

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spyware/IESuper
Technical name:Spyware/IESuper
Threat level:Medium
Type:Spyware
Effects:   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 captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It displays pop-up messages when it runs, distracting users and affecting productivity. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 15, 2009
Detection updated on:June 7, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Spyware/IESuper 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.

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

Spyware/IESuper 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.