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Adware.Surebar

Adware.Surebar

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
2.0
Publisher:
isurfplus.com
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
surebar.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.Surebar is an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object Toolbar. It causes pop-up and pop-under ads, redirects searches to another site by modifying the host file, and also contacts a remote server every time Internet Explorer is started.

It is closely related to Adware.EZSearch, the main differences are its registry entries, filename, and the site it is affiliated with. It is likely to have been produced by the same developer.

Symptoms


One or more files is detected as Adware.Surebar

Behavior


The isurfplus.com Sure Bar is manually or automatically installed through an ActiveX installer web page.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 06, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 10, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

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

  1. Creates the following file:

    %SYSTEM%\surebar.dll

    Note: %System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

  2. Creates the following registry keys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\surebar
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.CSrcBnd.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.CSrcBnd
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.BHO.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.BHO
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.Inst.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\surebar.Inst
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\surebar
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{270B845C-712C-4773-BEE0-AE2D2001CD0F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2B770D3B-ED8B-4952-A8C4-D5E0A46EED37}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D3F01312-8A3D-4D41-A4FA-FB61D295CB6B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TYPELIB\{4E712C0F-AE1F-4528-B89B-F38E2461809D}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\INTERFACE\{8AFB84A7-6A06-499B-AC19-F33C7BDF7921}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\INTERFACE\{23114B32-CE4F-4212-93D7-EE4E580726F5}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\INTERFACE\{76C3A7D6-34AF-41C9-AD41-676D2A686F28}

  3. Modifies the Hosts file (located at %SYSTEM%\drivers\etc\hosts in Windows XP and 2K and %Windir%\hosts in Windows 98/ME) by adding the line:

    64.159.94.251 auto.search.msn.com

    which redirects searches to isurfplus' search site.

    Note: %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall surebar using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Edit the Hosts file.

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 uninstall the Adware
  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Windows 98 taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows Me taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
        If you do not see the Add/Remove Programs icon, click "...view all Control Panel options."

    • On the Windows 2000 taskbar:
      By default, Windows 2000 is set up the same as Windows 98, so follow the instructions for Windows 98. If otherwise, click Start, point to Settings > Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows XP taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  2. Click surebar.


    Note:
    You may need to use the scroll bar to view the whole list.

  3. Click Add/Remove, Change/Remove, or Remove (this varies with the operating system). Follow the prompts.

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.Surebar 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. Edit the hosts file

If you are running Windows 95/98/Me, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type the following:

    edit c:\windows\win.ini

    and then click OK.

    (The MS-DOS Editor opens.)

    NOTE: If Windows is installed in a different location, make the appropriate path substitution.

  3. In the [windows] section of the file, look for a line similar to:

    run="64.159.94.251 auto.search.msn.com"

  4. If this line exists, delete everything to the right of run=

  5. Click File > Save.
  6. Click File > Exit.

5. Edit the System.ini file

If you are running Windows XP/2K, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type the following:

    edit c:\windows\system.ini

    and then click OK.

    (The MS-DOS Editor opens.)

    NOTE: If Windows is installed in a different location, make the appropriate path substitution.

  3. In the [boot] section of the file, look for a line similar to:

    shell = Explorer.exe "64.159.94.251 auto.search.msn.com"

  4. If this line exists, delete everything to the right of Explorer.exe.

    When you are done, it should look like:

    shell = Explorer.exe

  5. Click File > Save.
  6. Click File > Exit.