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Full Name:
TotalVelocity zSearch
Type: Adware
Created By: Total Velocity
Danger Level: 4
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: Browser toolbar, often bundled with other programs, created "to provide you with alternate text search results when you are looking for something".

Creates its own search results bar.
Comment: Taken directly from their own page http://www.zsearchtoolbar.com/privacy.htm :

What information is collected:
- The web pages you view while surfing the Internet
- How and if you respond to the search results
- Your computer type, internet connection, operating system, browser and basic system set-up (screen resolution, time zone selected, etc.).
- What software you have on your computer

Also, there is a mention of a "randomly assigned marker that is tied to your computer"

What is done with this information:
"We then take this aggregated and anonymous information about our Software users and share it with our current and potential clients"
Information URL: http://www.zsearchtoolbar.com/
Manual Removal: There should be a "ZSearch" entry in "Add/Remove Programs".

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