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Type: Adware
Also Known As: Netster Smart Browse Toolbar (Symantec)
Created By: Netster.com
Danger Level: 1
Category Description: Program that delivers advertisements on your PC.

Note that many websites have their own advertising, unrelated to adware.

Adware is any software application in which advertising is displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen and sometimes through text links or in integrated search results. Adware may or may not track personal information. It may also gather information anonymously or in aggregate only. Users should check the EULA and Privacy policy to ensure if the adware on their machines conforms to their standards.
Comment: From http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2004-112213-4204-99 :
"The Netster Smart Browse toolbar:

* Is an Internet Explorer toolbar with spyware-related functions.
* Has replaced the Internet Explorer search destination to netster.com.
* Tracks usage of search queries, clicked links on the toolbar, as well as search terms and other information in the netster.com server logs, which netster.com uses to better tailor future advertising content.
* The user names and email addresses can be taken from several opt-in parts of the toolbar and given to third parties for advertising purposes."

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