MyWebSearch, the old familiar toolbar, is still around
The team came across these yesterday on a file-sharing network in a file “Power DVD 8 Cracked.rar.”
It installs, without proper notice, MyWebSearch, FLV Direct Player and other garbage. Adam Thomas found a similar surreptitious install of FLV in April – clearly that was part of an affiliate program scheme in which someone was getting paid each time FLV got installed.
See Sunbelt Blog: “Bot installs adware along with video player”
The MyWebSearch Toolbar is a customizable Internet Explorer search toolbar which installs other tools, including pop-up blockers, screensavers, and cursors. Searches entered into the toolbar search field are directed to MyWebSearch.com. MyWebSearch has been around for five years.
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It does have the URL to an end user licensing agreement buried in its code http://www.stasga.com/view-eula.php which pretty much describes what it’s going to do:
“7. By pressing ‘Accept’ you agree to the terms of the following: You allow us to modify your HTTP packets in your packet filters. This will allow us to modify your URL in your browser. “
For some strange reason, the EULA has no section six.