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Adware.ActiveSearch

Adware.ActiveSearch

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
1.004
Risk Impact:
Low
File Names:
toolbar.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.ActiveSearch is an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object Toolbar. It displays pop-up adverts and may track a user's Internet usage and search results.

Symptoms


One or more files is detected as Adware.ActiveSearch.

Behavior


Adware.ActiveSearch commonly arrives bundled with other programs such as Grokster.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 21, 2017 revision 025
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 15, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version February 22, 2017 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 15, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.ActiveSearch runs, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\basis.xml
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\cache
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\ferret_logo.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\install.log
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\nav.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\toolbar.crc
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\toobar.dll (detected as Adware.ActiveSearch)
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\toolbar.inf
    • %ProgramFiles%\411Ferret\version.txt

      Note: %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.

  2. Creates the following registry entries:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BTB\IEToolbar
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\&411 Ferret Toolbar search
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchhooks\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BTB.IEToolbar
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BTB.IEToolbar.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B36CB30A-6ED9-4C62-9A8A-7DE9FA234608}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{CABBB49A-4D7B-415B-8250-15C3B854E9FF}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarBestToolbarsToolbar.BestToolbarsToolbarObeject.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarBestToolbarsToolbar.BestToolbarsToolbarObeject



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall 411 Ferret Toolbar using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete the values that was added to the registry.
  5. Delete the files that were added to the computer.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.


2. To uninstall the adware
  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Windows 98 taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows Me taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
        If you do not see the Add/Remove Programs icon, click "...view all Control Panel options."

    • On the Windows 2000 taskbar:
      By default, Windows 2000 is set up the same as Windows 98, so follow the instructions for Windows 98. If otherwise, click Start, point to Settings > Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows XP taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  2. Click 411 Ferret Toolbar.

    Note:
    You may need to use the scroll bar to view the whole list.

  3. Click Add/Remove, Change/Remove, or Remove (this varies with the operating system). Follow the prompts.


3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.

    Note: If you ran the Add/Remove programs applet as described in the previous section, all the files may have been removed, and thus none of them will be detected.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.ActiveSearch and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support Security Risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports Security Risk detection, and Security Risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the threat so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the threat for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the threat that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.


4. To delete the values from the registry (if they are still present)
Delete the following registry keys, if they still exist:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BTB\IEToolbar
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\&411 Ferret Toolbar search
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchhooks\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BTB.IEToolbar
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BTB.IEToolbar.1
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{12F02779-6D88-4958-8AD3-83C12D86ADC7}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B36CB30A-6ED9-4C62-9A8A-7DE9FA234608}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{CABBB49A-4D7B-415B-8250-15C3B854E9FF}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarBestToolbarsToolbar.BestToolbarsToolbarObeject.1
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarBestToolbarsToolbar.BestToolbarsToolbarObeject


5. To delete the files (if they are still present)
Navigate to %ProgramFiles% and delete the folder "411Ferret" and all its contents.