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#1 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 03 February 2005 - 05:12 PM

Hey all, I have got a question for anyone else who has encountered this evil toolbar thing. Someone inadvertently installed it on my brother's computer. A few weeks ago I tried (along with someone else) to get rid of it, but with no success. We managed to 'cripple' it by deleting any registry keys that we could find that belonged to it, as well as deleting any files that we could find that belonged to it. It messed up how it looked, but it was still there. We managed to do a little searching, but weren't able to find some instructions to totally get rid of it. Has anyone else encountered it? I could really use a hand in getting rid of it. *For those of you who haven't encountered "My Search", also known as "Search Now", its a nasty little toolbar that appears on the bottom of Internet explorer with a set of links to various things like shopping, gambling, sports, etc. Whoever made the thing ought to be hired to write an OS. Even after deleting any associated files that we could find, it still survived!

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#2 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 03 February 2005 - 05:32 PM

Okay, so I did a little more digging around with this. I found some links that might be hopeful. I won't be able to try them out until tomorrow evening. In the mean time, if anyone else is interested, here they are:

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-my-search-bar.html

Hold F8 to boot up in safemode. Run Adaware and Spybot in safemode.

http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/pest/pest.aspx?id=453077929

http://www.tech-forums.net/computer/topic/10632.html

Not too likely to be helpful:

http://www.123renamer.com/spyware-removal-guide/mysearch-uninstall.htm

#3 benryves   Members   -  Reputation: 1992

Posted 03 February 2005 - 08:34 PM

Some freeware installers come loaded with it - typically it also appears as an entity inside Add/Remove programs in control panel.
Also, switching it off in IE6's BHO menu (Tools->Manage Add-Ons) seems to help but it's still lurking in the background.
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#4 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:26 AM

Yeah, we tried looking for it under Add/Remove programs, but it wasn't there. I am guessing it got installed when someone downloaded some freeware, like you mentioned.

#5 Rob Loach   Moderators   -  Reputation: 1500

Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:43 AM

FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.

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#6 Sandman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 2119

Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:55 AM

I find Hijackthis an invaluable tool for cleaning up spyware infested computers.

#7 Drew_Benton   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1713

Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:26 AM

Quote:
Original post by Sandman
I find Hijackthis an invaluable tool for cleaning up spyware infested computers.


Agreed. But, I just use X-Setup Pro to take care of everything. It has a lot of options to allow you to remove that kind of stuff - but you will need something like Adware to get rid of the other components. If you use XTEQ go to the "Virtual Paronia" item as well as the "Startup/Shoutdown" item.

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#8 benryves   Members   -  Reputation: 1992

Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:31 AM

Quote:
Original post by Rob Loach
FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.


That wouldn't help. Firefox is not a spyware-buster - he'd still have the spyware on his system. I'd rather not have it on my system, even if it was in a program I never used.
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#9 jfclavette   Members   -  Reputation: 1058

Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:41 AM

Quote:
Original post by Rob Loach
FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.


Except memory leaks [grin]


  1. Spybot search and Destroy
  2. Adaware
  3. Hijackthis
  4. Adaware


In that order. Usually does the trick for pretty much everything.

#10 benryves   Members   -  Reputation: 1992

Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:06 AM

Quote:
Original post by xMcBaiNx
Quote:
Original post by Rob Loach
FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.


Except memory leaks [grin]


  1. Spybot search and Destroy
  2. Adaware
  3. Hijackthis
  4. Adaware


In that order. Usually does the trick for pretty much everything.


The Microsoft one it acually pretty decent - I now use it in place of S&D and Adaware, and all is good [grin]
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#11 coldacid   Members   -  Reputation: 751

Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:21 AM

Quote:
Original post by xMcBaiNx
Quote:
Original post by Rob Loach
FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.


Except memory leaks [grin]

Don't worry, they'll eventually change that leak into a flood. [grin]

Seriously though, yeah, it leaks. Lots of programs do. Firefox is about average for leaks, which is much better than classic Mozilla (which even now hemmorages memory). Generally, though, I find you can use FF for over 12 hours straight with no adverse effects (except on yourself, if there isn't enough liquid energy available). So it's not really affecting things. (That was tested, btw, by yours truly, on a P2 with only 192Mb RAM and a 1Gb swap file. There is much interesting porn^H^H^H^Hdevelopment tutorials on teh intarwebs.)

#12 Wild_Pointer_   Banned   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:28 AM

Quote:
Original post by coldacid
Quote:
Original post by xMcBaiNx
Quote:
Original post by Rob Loach
FireFox is the solution to everything bad in life.


Except memory leaks [grin]

Don't worry, they'll eventually change that leak into a flood. [grin]

Seriously though, yeah, it leaks. Lots of programs do. Firefox is about average for leaks, which is much better than classic Mozilla (which even now hemmorages memory). Generally, though, I find you can use FF for over 12 hours straight with no adverse effects (except on yourself, if there isn't enough liquid energy available). So it's not really affecting things. (That was tested, btw, by yours truly, on a P2 with only 192Mb RAM and a 1Gb swap file. There is much interesting porn^H^H^H^Hdevelopment tutorials on teh intarwebs.)


um, opera doesnt leak memory...i think.
try that

#13 coldacid   Members   -  Reputation: 751

Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:54 AM

They're faking it.

#14 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:07 PM

Ok, this thing really has me stumped. I basically went through and did all the steps in the links that I found, and its STILL THERE! I mean, yeesh, how do I kill this freaking thing?! I ran Ad-aware twice, used HackThis to dig through the registry (and removed a few entries), and just about everything else that I could think of. Has anyone else here been able to remove it without doing a full reformat/reinstall of the OS?

I also thought about copying the Internet Explorer Directory from my PC to the infected one, and replace the infected one (after deleting it). Do you think this would work? I suspect that evil toolbar has tentacles somewhere else though.

#15 rypskar   Members   -  Reputation: 138

Posted 05 February 2005 - 03:25 AM

Use the Microsoft antiSpyware tool.

#16 jimmys_1993   Members   -  Reputation: 122

Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:59 AM

Try AdAwareSE

#17 PnP Bios   Banned   -  Reputation: 490

Posted 05 February 2005 - 08:53 AM

It actualy overwrites the normal windows DLL's, if I believe. The MS antispy tool does an excelent job taking care of this. I wish I had that when I worked at the help desk. At the end of any scan, it asks you if you want to restore explorer to default settings. this fixes it every time.
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#18 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 05 February 2005 - 11:00 AM

Hey,

Thanks for the link! I will be sure to give it a shot!

#19 Moe   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1248

Posted 12 February 2005 - 12:32 PM

Holy crap! This stupid thing just won't die! I ran Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 twice, and it picked up on a few things, but its still there! I am running it again, but, I mean, come on! Die toolbar, die!

#20 PnP Bios   Banned   -  Reputation: 490

Posted 12 February 2005 - 12:44 PM

from mysearch.com faq
Quote:
How do I "uninstall" the My Search Bar?
You can easily uninstall the My Search Bar using the instructions below:
• Close all open Web browsers
• From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel", and then select "Add/Remove Programs"
• Select "My Search Bar"
• Click "Change/Remove"

The My Search bar will be uninstalled. However, if you reopen your Web browser, and still see the My Search Bar, you may need to restart your computer for the uninstall process to be completed.


Have you just tried doing that?
It might escape the spyware description by providing it's own uninstall program.

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