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Adware.Ntsearch

Adware.Ntsearch

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.Ntsearch is an adware program that displays pop-up windows that contain advertisements when you browse the Internet.

Symptoms


  • Your Symantec antivirus program detects Adware.Ntsearch.
  • Numerous pop-up ads are displayed.


Behavior


Most likely transmitted from Web sites.

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 December 29, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 23, 2017 revision 041
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 31, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.Ntsearch is installed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Adds the value:

    "sp"="<path to .exe file>"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that Adware.Ntsearch executes each time Windows starts.
  2. Displays pop-up windows that contain advertisements.




The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.Ntsearch.
  3. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

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

2. Scanning for and deleting the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.Ntsearch, click Delete.
3. Deleting 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, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "sp"="<path to .exe file>"

  5. Exit the Registry Editor.