Weekly Spyware Alert: KeenValue
This little nasty tracks your surfing behavior--using this info to clobber you with targeted pop-ups and install "enhanced" software on your computer.Intruder: KeenValue Description:
KeenValue is advertising software that tracks:
- Web sites/pages viewed
- The amount of time spent at some Web sites
- Response to the Advertisements displayed
- Standard web log information including IP address and system settings
- What software is on your personal computer
- Your first and last name, country, and five digit ZIP code
- Your usage characteristics and preferences
Method of Infection:
KeenValue is installed with downloads from myfreecursors.com thunderdownloads.com, and crazymates.com. According to their own site, "KeenValue is bundled with many of the Webs most popular downloaded software including: desktop playmates, MP3 Players, screensavers, online games, shopping tools, and etc." One popular example is the PowerSearch Toolbar distributed by InfoBeat.
Uninstallation of KeenValue via the "Add/Remove Programs" will not remove any of the "Enhancement Technologies" tied to the software. Because these items can change without notice to the end user, an anti-spyware program is recommended to completely remove all files associated with KeenValue.