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NewtonKnows Search Hijacker Information

Name: NewtonKnows
Category: Search Hijacker
Alias: - Alias: 4Arcade PBar, WordIQ Toolbar
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.Starware.Toolbar - 73 visits
MegaSearch Toolbar - Alias: Mega Search Toolbar - 63 visits
Windows Search Bar - Alias: Windows searchbar - 60 visits
Adw.SearchRover.Toolbar - 59 visits
Seeq Toolbar - 58 visits
QuickSearch Toolbar - Alias: Quick Search - 58 visits
PBar Toolbar - Alias: 4Arcade PBar, WordIQ Toolbar - 55 visits
CommonName - Alias: CommonName, Agent CommonName, Toolbar BabeIE, BabeIE2, CNMib - 53 visits
NewtonKnows - 50 visits
Search Terror - 49 visits

Random Search Hijacker Pages:
Adw.SearchRover.Toolbar
Windows Search Bar - Alias: Windows searchbar
JimmyHelp
Adw.Starware.Toolbar
Seeq Toolbar
NewtonKnows
CommonName - Alias: CommonName, Agent CommonName, Toolbar BabeIE, BabeIE2, CNMib
MegaSearch Toolbar - Alias: Mega Search Toolbar
QuickSearch Toolbar - Alias: Quick Search
PBar Toolbar - Alias: 4Arcade PBar, WordIQ Toolbar


 


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