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Thursday, 27 November 2014       

NewtonKnows Spyware/Adware Definition


Name: NewtonKnows
Category: Search Hijacker
Advice: Remove
Risk: Elevated Risk Elevated threats are usually threats that fall into the range of adware in which data about a user's habits are tracked and sent back to a server for analysis without your consent or knowledge.
Description: NewtonKnows comprises a IE search-hijacker and toolbar, and a targeting pop-up system that works across many browsers.

Speech-bubble-style site links pop up in the bottom-right corner of the browser window whilst browsing.

When a targeted site is visited, NewtonKnows sends a request back to its controlling servers include the hostname of the site being viewed, and a unique ID. This can be used to track your usage of different web sites.

If you entered an e-mail address at the time of install, such a browsing record is personally identifying. The privacy policy explicitly allows NewtonKnows's makers to combine personally identifying web usage records with other databases (which might include, for example, addresses and telephone numbers), and to use this database for marketing.

NewtonKnows has a silent self-updating feature which allows its controlling server to execute arbitrary unsigned code.

Newton Knows is bundled with file sharing programs such as Grokster.

Type: Search Hijacker - A Hijacker is software that resets your browser's settings to point to other sites. Hijacks may reroute your info and address requests through an unseen site, capturing that info. In such hijacks, your browser may behave normally, but be slower. Homepage Hijackers will change your home page to some other site. Error Hijackers will display a new error page when a requested URL is not found.


Top Search Hijacker Visited Pages:
Adw.SearchRover.Toolbar
Adw.Starware.Toolbar
CommonName
JimmyHelp
MegaSearch Toolbar
NewtonKnows
PBar Toolbar
QuickSearch Toolbar
Search Terror
Seeq Toolbar
Windows Search Bar

 


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