Lop is a family of malicious browser hijackers that change Internet Explorer home and search pages, modify related search settings, install a toolbar and add numerous bookmarks to advertising sites to the web browser's Favorites list. Lop parasites also track user Internet activity, create advertising desktop shortcuts, install unsolicited and potentially harmful programs and pests. Some threats can display commercial pop-up advertisements and may affect system stability. Typical Lop parasites are able to update themselves via the Internet. Threats automatically run on every Windows startup.
there are many variants of LOP:
lop/Trinity: old variant, which adds shortcuts and hijacks homepage and search.
lop/Dialer: porn dialler.
lop/Toolbar: IE toolbar with lop links
lop/Rnd: same lop/Toolbar but with completely random class IDs and filenames.
lop/AYB: a URL protocol module used by the MP3Search (or similar) minibrowser.
lop/Loader: an installer process that opens a small progress window and loads other lop products and variants.
lop/IMZ: similar to lop/Loader, but installs lop/Rnd and FavoriteMan/IMZ
lop/Active: monitors web pages viewed for keywords, and sets the buttons in the toolbar to match. Hijacks Default window to active-max.com, mysearchnow.com, searchwebnow.com or find-quick.com.
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background
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