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Adware.SideFind

Adware.SideFind

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Publisher:
Integrated Search Technologies
Risk Impact:
Low
File Names:
sidefind.exe,sfbho.dll,sidefind.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.SideFind is an Internet Explorer explorer bar published by Integrated Search Technologies. It usually comes bundled with Trojan.ISTsvc.

Note: Detections prior to 5th September 2005 may detect this risk as Adware.ISTbar.

Symptoms


One or more files detected as Adware.SideFind.

Behavior


Adware.SideFind is usually installed via ActiveX while browsing affiliate websites.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 27, 2017 revision 022
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 05, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 28, 2017 revision 003
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 07, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.SideFind is executed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Creates the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\SideFind\sfbho.dll
    • %ProgramFiles%\SideFind\sidefind.dll
    • %ProgramFiles%\SideFind\sfexd001
    • %ProgramFiles%\SideFind\update\sidefind.exe
    • %Temp%\sidefind.exe

      Note:
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %Temp% is a variable that refers to the Windows temporary folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\TEMP (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT\Temp (Windows NT/2000).

  2. Creates the following registry keys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{339D8AFF-0B42-4260-AD82-78CE605A9543}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A36A5936-CFD9-4B41-86BD-319A1931887F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{58634367-D62B-4C2C-86BE-5AAC45CDB671}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{D0288A41-9855-4A9B-8316-BABE243648DA}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrowserHelperObject.BAHelper
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrowserHelperObject.BAHelper.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SideFind.Finder
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SideFind.Finder.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{10E42047-DEB9-4535-A118-B3F6EC39B807}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SideFind
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SideFind
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SideFind
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}

  3. Adds the value:

    "{10E42047-DEB9-4535-A118-B3F6EC39B807}"

    to the registry keys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\CmdMapping
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\CmdMapping

  4. Adds the values:

    "Error Dlg Displayed On Every Error" = "no"
    "Error Dlg Details Pane Open" = "no"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    which disables the error notification in Internet Explorer.


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. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete any values added to the registry.
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 this risk functions as a Microsoft Internet Explorer plug-in, 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 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.

    • 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.

  3. Open Windows Explorer.
  4. Navigate to and delete the folder %ProgramFiles%\SideFind.
  5. Exit Windows Explorer.

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 and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

4. 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 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 and delete the value:

    "{10E42047-DEB9-4535-A118-B3F6EC39B807}"

    from the reigstry subkeys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\CmdMapping
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\CmdMapping

  4. Navigate to and delete the following subkeys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{339D8AFF-0B42-4260-AD82-78CE605A9543}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A36A5936-CFD9-4B41-86BD-319A1931887F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{58634367-D62B-4C2C-86BE-5AAC45CDB671}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{D0288A41-9855-4A9B-8316-BABE243648DA}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrowserHelperObject.BAHelper
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrowserHelperObject.BAHelper.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SideFind.Finder
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SideFind.Finder.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{10E42047-DEB9-4535-A118-B3F6EC39B807}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SideFind
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SideFind
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SideFind
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}

  5. If you wish to restore error notification in Internet Explorer, navigate to and delete the values:

    "Error Dlg Displayed On Every Error"
    "Error Dlg Details Pane Open"

    from the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

  6. Exit the Registry Editor.