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It changes the home page of Internet Explorer and displays advertisements at random.
|First detected on:||May 16, 2004|
|Detection updated on:||May 16, 2004|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
|Country of origin:||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
StartPage.EB is a Trojan that changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer. It also displays a random pop-up advertisement when the user opens Internet Explorer.
In addition, StartPage.EB modifies the HOSTS file, so that the web site auto.search.msn.com is redirected to an IP address that is under the control of the Trojan's author.
StartPage.EB does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs the attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.
StartPage.EB is easy to recognize, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer:
Additionally, StartPage.EB displays a random pop-up advertisement when the user opens Internet Explorer.