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IST.SlotchBar Toolbar Information

Name: IST.SlotchBar
Category: Toolbar
Advice: Remove
Risk: Moderate Risk Moderate threats may profile users online habits or broadcast data back to a server with 'opt-out' permission. In most cases this type of threat is more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.
Description: An adware toolbar program for affiliates to distrubute on sites. Affiliates get paid per install of the toolbar.

Slotch Bar is part of Integrated Search Technologies Toolbarcash program. The Toolbarcash program deploys 2 toolbars, XXXToolbar which is the adult version of the Slotch bar and Slotch Bar wich does not contain explicit adult content per sey. Toolbarcash pays affiliate websites to distribute the Slotch Bar via an ActiveX drive by download.

Toolbarcash pays 0.15$ per installs of its toolbar to affiliate sites that host its toolbar install.

Slotch Bar hijacks Internet Explorer searches and directs searches through slotch.com.

"- Active-x installation with auto-prompt :
You can have the active-x window pop up when the surfer clicks on a link,
an image, etc. or you can have have it automatically pop when the surfer
visits or leaves a page

- Persistant retry
Prompt surfers multiple times to install the toolbar. Improves install ratios.

- Content protection feature
This code can be used if you want to protect some content on your site by making the installation of the toolbar mandatory to view your content. You can protect movies, images, urls, everything is possible. The surfer will only be taken to your content if they have the toolbar installed."

From the slotch.com privacy policy:
"What types of information does IST collect?
If you are visiting the IST website (slotch.com) and you search the internet from the website, we collect the following information: your Internet Protocol ("IP") address, which may include a domain name; the name of and information about any advertisement that brought you to the IST website; searches you perform, links you click on; and computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform. We also transmit cookies to your computer so we can know your browser's language, the version of our site you viewed and the country you are from.

Does IST collect personally identifiable information?
IST analyzes its logs of usage path collected from users to determine Web usage and shopping patterns of users in the aggregate.

If you e-mail IST, we may store copies of such e-mail or similar communications between you and IST. This can result in the collection of your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information you may have in your e-mail text, addresses, or other fields, as well as the collection of the your IP address, the Internet or other routing of your communication, and the date and time of your communication. We do not attempt to correlate this information to your IST cookie number or your usage and shopping paths unless responding to your inquiry requires us to do so.

Although these information logs may contain personally identifiable information, IST does not attempt to correlate cookie numbers, usage paths, or demographic information to your e-mail address and does not attempt to determine the identity of any IST user by analyzing this information, except as required by subpoenas, court orders or legal requirements.

All transmissions between you and IST, including e-mails, URLs, cookie identification numbers, usage paths, and any personally identifiable information they might contain, pass through many third party machines, operating systems, programs, browsers, Web servers, networks, routers, Ethernet switches, ISPs, proxy servers, intranets, the public telephone systems, or other devices, any of which may create activity logs containing such transmissions.

What does IST do with the information it collects?
If you

Signatures: process: setup.exe: MD5 Hash: 4aa29d9343c6539380e... process: istdownload.exe: MD5 Hash: 222581baab68ee0bb6a..
Type: Toolbar - 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.



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