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Adware.OrbitExplorer

Adware.OrbitExplorer

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Publisher:
www.orbitexplorer.com
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
OELoader.dll OELoader.exe ad.exe update.exe view.exe redirector.dll search.dll toolbar.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.OrbitExplorer is an adware program that installs an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO), a toolbar, and Favorites components. Adware.OrbitExplorer also installs other adware programs and modifies Internet Explorer settings to redirect searches.

Symptoms


Your Symantec program detects files as Adware.OrbitExplorer. Internet Explorer's home page is changed to www.orbitexplorer.com. Searches using Internet Explorer go through www.orbitexplorer.com. Internet Explorer Favorites that go to www.orbitexplorer.com are present. A search toolbar is present in Internet Explorer.

Behavior


Adware.OrbitExplorer is typically downloaded from the Internet.

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 December 27, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 29, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.OrbitExplorer runs, it does the following:
  1. Downloads and installs the following adware programs:
    • Adware.DealHelper
    • Adware.180Search
    • Adware.NCase

  2. Creates the following files:
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.dll (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.inf
    • %Windir%\Temp\download.exe (this file is detected as Adware.DealHelper)
    • %Windir%\Temp\msbb_.exe (this file is detected as Adware.180Search)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\ad.exe (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\update.exe (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\view.exe (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\OEHomepage.cfg
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\update.oe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit\home.oe
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE\redirector.dll (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE\search.dll (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE\toolbar.dll (this file is detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer)
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE\msbb.dll (this file is detected as Adware.Ncase)
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE\uninstallwa.exe

      Notes:
      • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\Winnt (Windows NT/2000).
      • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the Program Files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
      • %CommonProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the Common Files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files\Common Files.

  3. Adds the values:

    "OELoader" = "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe"
    "OrbitUpdate" = "%ProgramFiles%\Orbit\update.exe"
    "OrbitView" = "%ProgramFiles%\Orbit\view.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that various Adware.OrbitExplorer components run every time Windows starts.

  4. Adds the values:

    "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.dll" = ""
    "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe" = ""

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDlls

  5. Replaces the value:

    "{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497}" = ""

    with:

    "{341FB59F-3507-443b-8147-423B4E3B2B15}" = ""

    in the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks

    so that searches from the Internet Explorer address bar use www.orbitexplorer.com.

  6. Modifies the values:

    "SearchAssistant" = "[URL on the domain orbitexplorer.com]"
    "CustomizeSearch" = ""

    in the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search

    so that Internet Explorer Search Assistant uses www.orbitexplorer.com.

  7. Modifies the values:

    "Start Page" = "htttp://www.orbitexplorer.com/cgi-bin/toolbar.cgi?bid=&affid=123"
    "Search Bar" = "htttp://www.orbitexplorer.com/cgi-bin/IESearch.cgi?bid=&affid=123"

    in the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    so that the Internet Explorer Start Page and search settings are changed.

  8. Adds the following registry keys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CLSID\{0FDA4D2B-7975-405d-8D7C-F5E2247EAE80}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\C:/WINDOWS/Downloaded Program Files/OELoader.dll
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\C:/WINDOWS/Downloaded Program Files/OELoader.exe
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Orbit
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{D48F2E28-68E2-4920-9848-D6E6C7AB3EB7}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{D7B3E460-9968-4191-BD6F-BEED1BC18482}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Update.Redirector
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Update.Redirector.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{ECC4AB37-565F-4424-8802-E4BC7766BA58}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{C3E17D0D-593A-457B-A1DA-6D082E29323A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{92A0BFEF-D370-4D4F-BA70-F0C0AFB19B9F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{8594CB7B-5A4B-414C-B40F-6C42152B4D2B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{341FB59F-3507-443b-8147-423B4E3B2B15}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D48F2E28-68E2-4920-9848-D6E6C7AB3EB7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D7B3E460-9968-4191-BD6F-BEED1BC18482}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{030A8576-686B-479A-AF79-94B9FEA79BC5}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{1D22A25E-B181-4AEE-88FF-2209F7C24FCB}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{229B6742-97C5-4FA1-89D0-0117BE82FC39}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{EC99CBB3-6275-4923-BC54-8F27AC45F577}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OESearch.OESearchHook
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OESearch.OESearchHook.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SQLoader.Loader
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SQLoader.Loader.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Toolbar.Band
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Toolbar.Band.1

  9. Adds the following Internet Explorer Favorites:
    • Entertainment\Cars
    • Entertainment\Entertainment
    • Entertainment\Games
    • Entertainment\MP3
    • Entertainment\Travel
    • Finance\B2B
    • Finance\Banking
    • Finance\Business
    • Finance\Careers
    • Finance\Credit Cards
    • Finance\Finance
    • Finance\Insurance
    • Finance\Office
    • Finance\Printing
    • Free Stuff\Auction
    • Free Stuff\Classifieds
    • Free Stuff\Free Email
    • Free Stuff\Free Homepage
    • Free Stuff\Free Services
    • Free Stuff\Homework
    • Free Stuff\School Essays
    • Free Stuff\Services
    • Gambling\Blackjack
    • Gambling\Chips
    • Gambling\Craps
    • Gambling\Multi Player
    • Gambling\Online Casinos
    • Gambling\Poker
    • Gambling\Roulette
    • Gambling\Slots
    • Gambling\Sports Book
    • Inernet\Computer Games
    • Inernet\Computer Stores
    • Inernet\Dedicated Server
    • Inernet\Domain Names
    • Inernet\Hardware
    • Inernet\Laptops
    • Inernet\Software
    • Inernet\Web Design
    • Inernet\Web Hosting
    • Shopping\Accessories
    • Shopping\Aparrel
    • Shopping\Cards
    • Shopping\Electronics
    • Shopping\Flowers
    • Shopping\Gifts
    • Shopping\Jewelry
    • Shopping\Retail Products
    • Shopping\Shoes
    • Shopping\Shopping
    • Shopping\Toys


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Close all open Internet Explorer windows.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Windows 95/98/Me: Restart the computer in Safe mode.
    • Windows NT/2000/XP: End the Adware.OrbitExplorer processes.
  4. Run a full system scan.
  5. Delete the values that were added to the registry.
  6. Delete the installation folders.
  7. Delete the remaining files.
  8. Remove the Favorites that were added.
  9. Reset the Internet Explorer home page.
  10. Reset the Internet Explorer Search page.
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 close all open Internet Explorer windows
Because Adware.OrbitExplorer functions as a Microsoft Internet Explorer plugin, it is necessary to close all open Internet Explorer windows to remove it. If you are reading this writeup in Internet Explorer, print this writeup using our printer-friendly option at the top of the page, or write down the following instructions, and then close all Internet Explorer windows.

3. To restart the computer in Safe mode or end the Adware.OrbitExplorer processes
    Windows 95/98/Me
    Shut down the computer and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode."

    Windows NT/2000/XP
    To end the malicious process:
    1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete once.
    2. Click Task Manager.
    3. Click the Processes tab.
    4. Double-click the Image Name column header to alphabetically sort the processes.
    5. Scroll through the list and look for ad.exe, OELoader.exe, update.exe, and view.exe.
    6. If you find a file, click it, and then click End Process.
    7. Exit the Task Manager.
4. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.OrbitExplorer 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.
5. To delete the values from the registry
Important: 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.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the values if they exist:

    "OELoader" = "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe"
    "OrbitUpdate" = "%ProgramFiles%\Orbit\update.exe"
    "OrbitView" = "%ProgramFiles%\Orbit\view.exe"

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks

  6. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "{341FB59F-3507-443b-8147-423B4E3B2B15}" = ""

  7. In the right pane, add the value:

    "{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497}" = ""

    to return the value to the default.

  8. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

  9. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "Search Bar" = "htttp://www.orbitexplorer.com/cgi-bin/IESearch.cgi?bid=&affid=123"

  10. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs

  11. In the right pane, delete the values:

    "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.dll" = ""
    "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe" = ""

  12. Navigate to and delete the following subkeys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CLSID\{0FDA4D2B-7975-405d-8D7C-F5E2247EAE80}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\C:/WINDOWS/Downloaded Program Files/OELoader.dll
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\C:/WINDOWS/Downloaded Program Files/OELoader.exe
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Orbit
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{D48F2E28-68E2-4920-9848-D6E6C7AB3EB7}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{D7B3E460-9968-4191-BD6F-BEED1BC18482}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Update.Redirector
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Update.Redirector.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{ECC4AB37-565F-4424-8802-E4BC7766BA58}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{C3E17D0D-593A-457B-A1DA-6D082E29323A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{92A0BFEF-D370-4D4F-BA70-F0C0AFB19B9F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{8594CB7B-5A4B-414C-B40F-6C42152B4D2B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{341FB59F-3507-443b-8147-423B4E3B2B15}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{702AD576-FDDB-4d0f-9811-A43252064684}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D48F2E28-68E2-4920-9848-D6E6C7AB3EB7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D7B3E460-9968-4191-BD6F-BEED1BC18482}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{030A8576-686B-479A-AF79-94B9FEA79BC5}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{1D22A25E-B181-4AEE-88FF-2209F7C24FCB}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{229B6742-97C5-4FA1-89D0-0117BE82FC39}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{EC99CBB3-6275-4923-BC54-8F27AC45F577}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OESearch.OESearchHook
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OESearch.OESearchHook.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SQLoader.Loader
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SQLoader.Loader.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Toolbar.Band
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Toolbar.Band.1

  13. Exit the Registry Editor.
6. To delete the installation folders:
Navigate to and delete the following folders (including all data files contained within) using Windows Explorer:
    • %ProgramFiles%\Orbit
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\OE
7. To delete the remaining files:
Navigate to and delete the following files using Windows Explorer:
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.dll
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.exe
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\OELoader.inf
    • %Windir%\Temp\download.exe
    • %Windir%\Temp\msbb_.exe

8. To delete the Web sites added to the Internet Explorer Favorites menu
      1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer
      2. Click Favorites > Organize Favorites
      3. Delete the Favorites added by the threat from Step 9 of the "Technical Details" section.
9. To reset the Internet Explorer home page
  1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Connect to the Internet, and then go to the page that you want to set as your home page.
  3. Click Tools > Internet Options.
  4. In the Home page section of the General tab, click Use Current > OK.

For additional information, or if this procedure does not work, read the Microsoft® Knowledge Base article, "Home Page Setting Changes Unexpectedly, or You Cannot Change Your Home Page Setting, Article ID 320159 ."

10. To reset the Internet Explorer Search page
Follow the instructions for your version of Windows.

Windows 98/Me/2000
  1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Search button on the toolbar.
  3. In the Search pane, click Customize.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Click Autosearch Settings.
  6. Select a search site from the drop-down list, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK.

Windows XP
Because Windows XP is set by default to use animated characters in the search, how you do this can vary. Read all the instructions before you start.
  1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Search button on the toolbar.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • If the pane that opens looks similar to this picture:





      click the word Customize. Then skip to step h.

    • If the pane that opens has the words "Search Companion" at the top, and the center looks similar to this picture:





      click the Change preferences link as shown above. Proceed with step d.

  4. Click the Change Internet search behavior link.
  5. Under "Internet Search Behavior," click With Classic Internet Search.
  6. Click OK. Then close Internet Explorer. (Close the program for the change to take effect.)
  7. Start Internet Explorer. When the search pane opens, it should now look similar to this:





    Click the word Customize, and then proceed with the next step.

  8. In the Search pane, click Customize.
  9. Click Reset.
  10. Click Autosearch Settings.
  11. Select a search site from the drop-down list, and then click OK.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Do one of the following:
    • If you were using (or want to continue using) the "Classic Internet Search" panel, stop here (or proceed with the next section).
    • If you want to go back to the "Search Companion" search (it usually has an animated character at the button), proceed with step n.

  14. Click the word Customize again.
  15. In the "Customize Search Settings" window, click Use Search Companion > OK.
  16. Close Internet Explorer. The next time you open it, it will again use the Search Companion.