Threat Profile: Adware-Url.gen

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 7/8/2005
Date Added: 7/8/2005
Origin: Unknown
Length: Varies
Type: Program
Subtype: Generic
DAT Required: 4531
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This is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) detection. It is not a virus or trojan. PUPs are any piece of software which a reasonably security-or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of.


N/A This is not a virus or trojan.


N/A This is not a virus or trojan.

Virus Characteristics

McAfee(R) AVERT(tm) recognizes that some programs may have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized administrator has knowingly installed this application. If you agreed to a license agreement for an application, you may have legal obligations with regard to removing this software, or using the host application without this software.

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This is a generic detection covering URL shortcut files created by various Adware programs.  These files do not directly impact system performance, but may clutter a user's desktop, start menu, favorites, and other folders.  Such URL shortcuts are meant to direct users to web pages that contain advertising content.

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