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Adware.InstallPedia

Adware.InstallPedia

Updated:
July 13, 2011
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

Adware.InstallPedia is an adware program that attempts to modify the home page and default search engine for certain Internet browsers.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 11, 2011 revision 018
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 11, 2011 revision 018
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 13, 2011
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When the program is executed, it creates the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstallPedia

The program then checks if Mozilla Firefox is installed on the computer. If so, the prefs.js file is modified so that the home page and default search provider point to the following location:
http://www.easysear.ch/

It also attempts to modify the home page and default search provider for Internet Explorer by modifying the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\"Start Page" = "http://www.easysear.ch/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\"Default" = "http://www.easysear.ch/"


The program may also update itself without the user's consent.
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace them using from the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.


FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace them using from the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.