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Adware.EnergyPlugin

Adware.EnergyPlugin

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
Dsb.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.EnergyPlugin displays advertisements when you are browsing the Internet.

Symptoms


Pop-up advertisements are displayed.
  • The files are detected as Adware.EnergyPlugin.


Behavior


This adware program must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 23, 2017 revision 037
  • Initial Daily Certified version June 14, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 23, 2017 revision 041
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date June 16, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.EnergyPlugin is run, it does the following:
  1. Copies itself to %Program Files%\DSB\Dsb.exe.

  2. Creates temporary log files in %Program Files%\DSB.

  3. Adds the value:

    DSB = %Program File%\DSB\DSB.exe

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the adware runs when you start Windows.

  4. Searches active windows for a Web browser and displays pop-up advertisements.



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.EnergyPlugin.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
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 restart the computer in Safe mode
Shut down the computer and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode or VGA mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode ."

3. To scan for and delete the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.EnergyPlugin, click Delete.


    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, note the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

4. To delete the value from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start > Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "DSB"=%Program File%\DSB\DSB.EXE

  5. Restart the computer in Normal mode.