Threat Encyclopedia

TROJ_STARTPA.AET

ANALYSIS BY

Mark Joseph Manahan


ALIASES:

W32/StartPage.OOW (Fortinet), Trojan.Win32.StartPage (Ikarus), Trojan:Win32/Startpage.UY (Microsoft), Win32/StartPage.OOW trojan (Eset), Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT (Sunbelt)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

OVERALL RISK RATING:
DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
REPORTED INFECTION:

  • Threat Type:Trojan

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL DETAILS

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.300

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE:

9.544.04

FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE:

23 Nov 2012

VSAPI OPR PATTERN File:

9.545.00

VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date:

24 Nov 2012

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Remove the malware/grayware file that dropped/downloaded TROJ_STARTPA.AET

Step 3

Reset the Internet Explorer Home and Search pages

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Step 4

Search and delete this file

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There may be some component files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the More advanced options option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
 
  • %User Profile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{random}.default\searchplugins\EcoStartPage.xml

Step 5

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as TROJ_STARTPA.AET. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.

NOTES:

Please perform this before step 4.

For restoring Opera hompage

  1. Open %User Profile%\Application Data\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini using Notepad.
  2. Modify the Home URL under [User Prefs] key. (e.g Home URL="about:blank")
  3. Close notepad.


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