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Name: CommonName
Category: Cookie
Advice: Remove
Risk: Low Risk Low risk threats pose a very low risk or no immediate danger to your computer or your privacy, however these types of applications may profile user online habits, but only according to specific privacy policies stated in the applications End-User License. These types of threats generally borderline on being a threat to being a standard application that has a complex license agreement that you knowingly installed.
Description: CommonName is a 'keywords' service, allowing one to enter simple names instead of URLs. After its original release, the software has become a complicated (and sometimes buggy) search-hijacker and adware, aggressively bundled with many third-party ap

CommonName is an Internet Explorer toolbar using a Browser Helper Object (BHO) allowing you to enter keywords or a company name to go to CommonName customers' web sites. Newer versions have added search and Gator-like form-filling functions. Originally a normal service, the software has become bundled adware.

The newer variant CommonName/Agent periodically opens pop-under advertising as well as highjacking search settings. CommonName also opens pop-under advertising once a day, and change search settings to point to Cookies are used to identify you when requests are made to CommonName, allowing them to track your web usage. Requests are made when advertising is opened and when you visit a web address with a top-level-domain that the CommonName software does not know about. The server that CommonName contacts is, on port 80.

CommonName causes runtime errors in Microsoft Internet Explorer and causes many problems with logging in to sites with form based logins.

CommonName is included in many file-sharing programs, such as Grokster and iMesh, and older versions of KaZaA. Also available as a download from

Type: Cookie - Cookies are small files that are created by your web browser when you visit sites on the Internet. They can be used to track your visits to certain web sites and can provide companies with information about frequency of visits and other profile information. The user is usually not aware that their surfing habits are being tracked.

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