Adware Report: CommonName

CommonName is a browser hijacker that installs an unwanted toolbar into Internet Explorer which displays links to paid sponsors websites as well as a search textbox. It also searches for terms that you type into the Address bar or within selected search engines, such as msn, Yahoo, and AskJeeves, and then hijacks your request by directing you to a sponsored website. The company claims that over 22 million desktop computers are running their software.

CommonName markets their software by pointing out that simple search terms are easier to remember than complex URLS.

CommonName includes re-installation software that will attempt to defeat your efforts to remove it and is likely to slow down the performance of your browser.

This software consumes approximately 16Mb of hard drive space.

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