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Type: Adware
Also Known As: AUpdate SearchBarCash xxxtoolbar Integrated Search Technologies Slotch IST Srv
Created By: Integrated Search Technologies
Danger Level: 6
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.
Official Description: ISTbar is an IE toolbar, homepage- and search-hijacker provided by Integrated Search Technologies/CDT Inc.

Installed by ActiveX drive-by download on affiliate sites, typically porn adverts, from April 2003. At least ISTbar/AUpdate is known to install using aggressive JavaScript (opening an error and re-trying if you refuse the ActiveX download).
Comment: ISTbar/AUpdate installs a TinyBar variant to implement its toolbar, and will be detected by the script at this site as TinyBar/B. The hijacker is aimed at my-internet.info and blazefind.com; distribution is managed by searchbarcash.com, its controlling server.

ISTbar/XXXToolbar is an update based around porn. It uses its own toolbar code. The hijacker is aimed at its controlling server xxxtoolbar.com, and slotch.com; distribution is controlled by toolbarcash.com.

ISTbar alse installs other parasites: both variants install porn pop-up producer RapidBlaster/lp; the AUpdate variant is also known to install DownloadPlus.

Information URL: http://www.isearchtech.com
Manual Removal: There is a entry in Add/Remove Programs for 'MS AUpdate' (AUpdate variant) or 'ISTbar' (ISTbar variant). Unfortunately this doesn't remove the toolbar in the AUpdate variant, or RapidBlaster in either variant.

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