Maxifiles

Classification

Spyware

Adware

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Adware.freeprod toolbar, Adware.MaxSearch, Maxifiles Director, Adware.Maxifiles

Summary

Adware.Maxifiles usually takes the form of a toolbar, being installed through Active-X but is also reported to be spread through AOL and AIM, being forcibly installed by worms. It may change browser settings and install other software to the system.

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Technical Details

Maxifiles.com distributes spyware named Director. It runs hidden from the user and installs in a way as to appear to be part of the operating system.

The software communicates with and receives script commands from the Maxifile servers. Director masks itself as a Windows component by using service32 as its process name and Windows as its folder name. There is no uninstaller for Director or any indication to the user that it is running.

Maxifiles' website is a web portal for various interests. Usage of the webpage is tracked. There have also been reports that Maxifiles products link to phishing websites.

Date Created: Dan Nye, November 18th, 2005;

Date Last Modified: Stefan Lundstrom, November 18th, 2005;Sean Sullivan, September 22, 2006; Sean Sullivan, November 3, 2006