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Type: Adware
Also Known As: Hotlink Troj/AdwareDropper.A
Danger Level: 3
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: Searchex is a homepage- and search-hijacker pointing at searchex.com.

Instead of directly changing the Start Page setting directly, it uses an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object to redirect newly-opened windows. This results in the original Start Page being briefly visible then being replaced.

An IE Search Hook is used to redirect address bar searches and invalid domain name pages to cantfind.com. At times in the past this server redirected to MSN or 7Search.

Comment: Searchex/HomePage was bundled with 'NetSpeed' software from winstream.com (the authors of Searchex).

Searchex/Hotlink was distributed with an 'e-card' from valentines-ecard.com, which was heavily promoted by misleading junk e-mail.


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