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Adware.SearchBarCash

Adware.SearchBarCash

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
seqsb.dll,msqsb.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.SearchBarCash is an adware program that displays advertisements by hooking settings in Internet Explorer.

Symptoms


One or more files is detected as Adware.SearchBarCash.

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 30, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version February 04, 2011 revision 039
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 04, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.SearchBarCash is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates the following files and folders:

    • %Windir%\system32\msqsb.dll
    • %Windir%\system32\seqsb.dll
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarData1
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarData2
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarData3
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarData4
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarData5
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\BarsCount.txt
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\DefUrl.txt
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\Path.txt
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\PICTURES\hottoolbar.bmp
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\PICTURES\pictures_adult-comics.bmp
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\PICTURES\pictures_amateur.bmp
    • %Windir%\Temp\SearchBar\Run.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\inst_debug.log

      Note:
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.
    • %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.

  2. Creates the registry subkey:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]

  3. Adds the value:

    "[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]" = "DDE Control Module"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved

  4. Adds the value:

    "[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]" = "seqsb"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks

    so that the adware is added to the approved Microsoft Explorer shell extensions.

  5. Creates the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A81F6DE-0D0B-46FD-94EC-D50EDD38B641}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{579B1D89-134B-4616-AC6F-A47CE3438800}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchBar.SearchBand
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchBar.SearchBand.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMQsb
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MsQsb
  6. Adds the following value:

    "{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}" = "Ïîèñêîâèê"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Delete any values added to the registry.
  2. Update the definitions.
  3. Run a full system scan.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To delete the value 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 subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  3. Navigate to the subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]" = "DDE Control Module"

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks

  6. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]" = "seqsb"

  7. Navigate to and delete the subkey:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\[RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID]

    Note: [RANDOMLY CREATED CLSID] will be the same as that in steps d and f above.

  8. Navigate to and delete the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{2A81F6DE-0D0B-46FD-94EC-D50EDD38B641}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{579B1D89-134B-4616-AC6F-A47CE3438800}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchBar.SearchBand
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchBar.SearchBand.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMQsb
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MsQsb

  9. Navigate to the following subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar

  10. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "{722E8B26-1C44-460F-88BB-50C82B20E30E}" = "Ïîèñêîâèê"

  11. Exit the Registry Editor.

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


3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, 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 risk 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 risk 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 risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk 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. Restart the computer in Normal mode.

    • 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 risk 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. Restart the computer in Normal mode.
Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode.