AdwareAway scan

By abanerji
Aug 3, 2006
  1. After the Global Scan, AdwareAway found 1 object, viz., "IE UrlSearchHook(HKLM) : Default UrlSearchHook Missing=".

    What does this mean, and how do I remove this?

    My PC runs with XP-SP2, and I believe it is fully patched by MS updates.

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your system may be infected. The Default UrlSearchHook Missing is nasty.

    Go HERE and follow the instructions exactly.

    Post a fresh HJT log as a .txt attachment into this thread, only after doing the above.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of abanerji only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  3. abanerji

    abanerji TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Dear Howard :

    Thanks for your reply. However, I don't see the hyperlink in "HERE".

    Please help.

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    My apologies, I forgot to add the link doh.

    Fixed now.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. abanerji

    abanerji TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    As instructed, my HJT and ewido logs are attached. The AdwareAway Scan screenshot is also attached.

    My precleaning efforts are :-

    a) AVG Free v 7.1.394 being used throughout. Updates are daily. Complete scan is weekly.

    b) CCleaner utility used weekly.

    c) Windows / IE / Office / MediaPlayer / SunJava / Adobe : Security patches and Service Packs regularly checked, downloaded, and installed.

    d) Recent online scans : Trendmicro, Kaspersky, A-squared,

    e) ewido anti-spyware trial version installed recently. Updates are daily.

    f) DiamondCS ProcessGuard Free v 3.405 also installed recently.

    g) Other steps : AdwareAway and Ad-awareSe installed and scanned. SpywareBlaster installed. Trendmicro CWShredder ran. Sysinternals' RootkitRevealer ran and no discrepancies found.
    However, CWShredder pointed to CWS.Msconfig; googled on same, and read about some false positives.

  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your HJT log is clean.

    However, you should have HJT fix all 015 trusted zone entries, especially this one.

    O15 - Trusted Zone:

    Never trust anyone.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. abanerji

    abanerji TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thank you for the diagnosis. It's a big relief to an average user like me.
    Thanks for warning too.

    God Bless.
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