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Network Essentials Browser Hijacker Information

Name: Network Essentials
Category: Browser 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: Network Essentials adds hundreds of Internet Explorer favorite site links to the users favorate folder as well as desktop.

Network Essentials is an IE Browser Helper Object which monitors URLs being viewed in the web browser, and a process which updates the list of targeted sites and downloads and displays pop-up adverts when directed to do so by the BHO.

NetworkEssentials/NE is the first variant, storing its files in 'Program FilesNetwork EssentialsvN', where N is a number (8 and 11 have been seen). The pop-up process is a separate task which can be killed from the task manager but is respawned by the BHO periodically.

NetworkEssentials/ME is a newer variant using 'Program FilesMediaLoads Enhanced' to store its single DLL (functions previously done by the process are now built in to the BHO).

Network Essentials is installed by the DownloadWare spyware threat.

Signatures: process: scb.exe: MD5 Hash: ... process: popsrv184.exe: MD5 Hash: ... process: sysmonn.exe: MD5 Hash: ... process: scbar.exe: MD5 Hash: ... process: winex.exe: MD5 Hash: ... process: ne.exe: MD5 Hash: d96d0fc8e64bae686a9... process: ne.exe: MD5 Hash: 36a925d9fa23fcc5a5e... process: ne.exe: MD5 Hash: 94a53800d0369b3408e..
Type: Browser Hijacker - Adware is generally software that displays advertisements. Some advertisers may covertly install adware on your system and generate a stream of unsolicited advertisements that can clutter your desktop and affect your productivity. The advertisements may also contain pornographic or other material that you might find inappropriate. The extra processing required to track you or to display advertisements can tax your computer and hurt your system performance.

Top Browser Hijacker Visited Pages:
SuperSpider - Alias: Network Security Guard, Melcosoft - 577 visits
Tubby - Alias: MakeMeSearch, CoolWebSearch.Tubby, Spyware.Arau, Trojan.Win32.StartPage.ih, Trojan.StartPage-FJ - 211 visits - 123 visits
SecurityToolbar.DesktopScam - 122 visits
EUniverse Updater - Alias: WUpdate, eUniverse Flowgo toolbar, eUniverse SirSearch, SearchUpgrader, Search Upgrader - 120 visits
CoolWebSearch - Alias: CWS, Cool Web Serach, CoolWwwSearch - 116 visits
CrackSpider - Alias: Troj/Favadd-D - 106 visits
Trojan.StartPage - Alias: SearchCentral - 86 visits
Paytime - 84 visits
IEHijacker.Q - 80 visits

Random Browser Hijacker Pages:
saSyncMgr - Alias: SyncWait
ShopForGood - Alias: ShopForGood/Marketdart
BrowserPal Toolbar - Alias: BrowserAid variant, Browser Pal
CnsMin - Alias:
HuntBar - Alias: WebSearch Toolbar
Spazbox - Alias: Clicks.Spazbox, Trojan.Win32.Spazbox.A
AproposMedia - Alias: PeopleOnPage.AproposMedia, AdIntelligence


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