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Adware.SearchSpace

Adware.SearchSpace

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

Behavior


Adware.SearchSpace is an adware program that modifies the Web browser's default home page without your permission.

Adware.SearchSpace may also contact a predetermined Web site for advertisement-tracking purposes.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Adware.SearchSpace.
  • The default home page has been changed.


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 17, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 26, 2015 revision 023
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 17, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.SearchSpace is executed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Downloads the following files from a predetermined Web site and executes them:
    • icq.tmp
    • Nt.avi

  2. Nt.avi changes the Internet Explorer home page to a Web page on the Web site www.search-space.com.

  3. icq.tmp attempts to download a file from a predetermined Web site. This file may be used to update the adware.

  4. May contact a predetermined Web site for advertisement-tracking purposes.



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.
  4. Restore the Internet Explorer settings.

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 run the scan
    1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.

      Note: If you ran the Add/Remove programs applet as described in the previous section, all the files may have been removed, and thus none of them will be detected.

    2. If any files are detected as Adware.SearchSpace, 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.


    4. To restore the Internet Explorer settings
    1. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    2. Connect to the Internet and 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.