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Virus:ADSPY/AdSpy.Gen3
Date discovered:29/08/2007
Type:Security Privacy Risk
In the wild:Yes
Reported Infections:Low
Distribution Potential:Low
Damage Potential:Low
Static file:No
Engine version:7.04.01.66

 General ADSPY/ - Adware/Spyware

This class of detection flags software that display ads, usually in the internet browser by modifying displayed pages or opening aditional pages with ads, and/or monitor and send information about the user's activity. These adware/spyware programs are usually installed by the users themselves or come with other software that the users install themselves (usually in exchange for using the software for free or as a default install option).

Users might be unaware that this software was installed or of its behaviour. This detection is meant to flag the file and the behaviour as part of legitimate ad displaying/user activity monitoring software.

This detection can be disabled and is recommended if the user is aware of the software installed on his/her system and doesn't want this type of software to be detected.


Side effects:
   • Steals information

 Special detection  ADSPY/AdSpy.Gen3

Description:
A generic detection routine designed to detect common family characteristics shared in several variants.

This special detection routine was developed in order to detect unknown variants and will be enhanced continuously.


Version history:
The following engine updates were released in order to enhance detection:

   •  7.04.01.66   ( 29/08/2007 )
   •  7.06.00.20   ( 04/10/2007 )
   •  7.06.00.34   ( 06/11/2007 )
   •  7.06.00.40   ( 07/12/2007 )
   •  7.06.00.45   ( 13/12/2007 )
   •  7.06.00.67   ( 14/02/2008 )
   •  7.06.00.73   ( 29/02/2008 )
   •  7.06.00.78   ( 28/03/2008 )
   •  7.06.00.84   ( 10/04/2008 )
   •  7.06.00.10   ( 25/04/2008 )
   •  7.08.00.58   ( 19/06/2008 )
   •  7.08.00.64   ( 02/07/2008 )
   •  7.08.00.68   ( 15/07/2008 )
   •  7.09.00.07   ( 23/10/2008 )
   •  7.09.00.29   ( 07/11/2008 )
   •  7.09.00.41   ( 04/12/2008 )
   •  7.09.00.54   ( 09/01/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.70   ( 30/01/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.79   ( 13/02/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.83   ( 17/02/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.105   ( 05/03/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.120   ( 18/03/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.126   ( 24/03/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.138   ( 03/04/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.148   ( 17/04/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.166   ( 08/05/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.187   ( 11/06/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.191   ( 17/06/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.199   ( 26/06/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.215/8.02.00.215   ( 14/07/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.220/8.02.00.220   ( 16/07/2009 )
   •  7.09.00.234/8.02.00.234   ( 28/07/2009 )
   •  7.09.01.33/8.02.01.33   ( 03/10/2009 )
   •  7.09.04.50/8.02.04.50   ( 03/09/2010 )

Description inserted by Andrei Ivanes on Thursday, December 23, 2010
Description updated by Andrei Ivanes on Thursday, December 23, 2010

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