Adware:W32/UrlSpy

Classification

Spyware

Adware

W32

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Summary

This program delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.

Removal

Automatic action

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  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

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    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

UrlSpy is an adware program that replaces the native Microsoft Internet Explorer searchbar with its own custom search function. Searching in UrlSpy's custom search redirects users to sites designated by the adware program; these sites may contain advertisements.

Installation

During installation, UrlSpy drops these files:

  • %SysDrive%\Program Files\Common Files\[Random].exe
  • %System%\[Random].exe
  • %System%\[Random].exe
  • %System%\[Random].exe
  • %System%\pinstaller.exe
  • %System%\Searchx.htm

Registry

During installation, the program creates the following keys:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run = %System%\[Random].exe

The following key is modified to set Internet Explorer to use the adware's custom search function:

  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Use Custom Search URL = 0x00000001 & & Search Bar = %System%\Searchx.htm

Network Connections

Attempts to connect to:

  • www.103092804.com
  • www.adsrve.com
  • myfiledistribution.com