WinAD

Classification

Spyware

Data Miner

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WinAD, WinAD

Summary

WinAd is Spyware created by 180solutions. It is distributed to clients as one of a large variety of names, to confuse the user from recognizing it as Spyware. The software has no purpose besides delivering pop-up advertisements. It may also install other software, unknown to the user, according to the EULA. Such behavior is rated as a high security risk.

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Technical Details

WinAd is created by 180solutions, though it is not branded as such.It is distributed via ActiveX installations, while visiting 3rd party websites, and bundled as ad-support with 3rd party software. Some rumors also claim it is distributed by exploiting security flaws.

The EULA states that without limitations, 180solutions is allowed to install new features in its current applications, or to install a new application without the user's knowledge or consent. This information is hidden , so that the average user would not find this clause. Such behavior is rated as a high security risk.

WinAd displays advertisements, customized based on the surfing habits of the user. Arbitrary data is also communicated to 180solutions servers.

Read also about 180solutions - 180search Assistant here: http://www.f-secure.com/sw-desc/180solutions.shtml

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