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PUA.FindWide

PUA.FindWide

Updated:
June 12, 2015
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
FindWide Toolbar
Version:
2.0.0.1378
Publisher:
FindWide
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.FindWide is a potentially unwanted application that changes the web browser's default search provider and homepage.

Note: Definitions prior to June 12, 2015 may detect this threat as FindWide.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 31, 2015 revision 016
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 03, 2017 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 31, 2015 revision 034
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 04, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 01, 2015
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
FindWide is a potentially unwanted application that changes the web browser's default search provider and homepage.

The application is a toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox. The application must be manually installed.

Once executed, the application creates the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Services\search_{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}.ico
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\Autorun.inf
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\crx.tar
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\ffassist.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\GLOBALUNINSTALL.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\hmac.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\ie8starter.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\iehpr.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\iestage2.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\IEToolbar.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\IEToolbar64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\INSTALL.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\LastSession.log
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\log.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\npTNT2.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\npTNT2Ghost.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\OldStyleSB.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\OSD958B.OSD
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\PARTNER.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\passport.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\passport64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\pinnedSearch.htm
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\pinnedSearch_FindWide.htm
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\progress.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\regsvr.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\RemoteSkin.wms
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\safari.safariextz
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\sqlite.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\Tnt2Cbt.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2User.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2UserPS.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2UserPS64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TntMagicDel.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\UNINSTALL.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\UninstallDlg.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\untar.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\UPDATE.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\xpi.tar
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\zipunzip.1.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\icon.ico
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\inst.ini
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\os10250.xml
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\PARTNER.5.TNT
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\partner.dat
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\passport.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\passport64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\runt.ini
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\tnt_32x32.png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\toolbar10250@search.us.com.xpi

The application creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}\"Version" = "1.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}\"TypeLib" = "{ABB8A8A5-FF98-40F6-B573-5841B063EA37}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}\"LocalServer32" = ""%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2User.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}\LocalServer32\"ServerExecutable" "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2User.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\"{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}" = "TNT2 ToolbarManager"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\"{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}" = "0"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\"{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\DragDrop\{70BC1CDB-0744-4172-BDA0-B5A487D00C3A}\"AppName" = "TNT2User.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\DragDrop\{70BC1CDB-0744-4172-BDA0-B5A487D00C3A}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\DragDrop\{70BC1CDB-0744-4172-BDA0-B5A487D00C3A}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\DragDrop\{70BC1CDB-0744-4172-BDA0-B5A487D00C3A}\"CLSID" = "{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{72A6AB0F-2FA8-4C73-9FCB-1E62A608F001}\"AppName" = "TNT2User.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{72A6AB0F-2FA8-4C73-9FCB-1E62A608F001}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{72A6AB0F-2FA8-4C73-9FCB-1E62A608F001}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{72A6AB0F-2FA8-4C73-9FCB-1E62A608F001}\"CLSID" = "{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}\"DisplayName" = "Search"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}\"URL" = "http://search.findwide.com/serp?guid={FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}&action=default_search&k={searchTerms}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}\"OSDFileURL" = "file:///C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/Local Settings/Application Data/TNT2/Profiles/10250/os10250.xml"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}\"FaviconURL" = "http://mirror.mirror-files.com/tnt2/10250/su_16.ico"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}\"FaviconPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Services\search_{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}.ico"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\"{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\"VerCache" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\iexplore\"Flags" = "4"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\iexplore\"Type" = "2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\iexplore\"Count" = "2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\iexplore\"Time" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{9ED52A9D-C91C-4BFE-A3C5-2401099A499D}\iexplore\"LoadTime" = "8D"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}\"DisplayName" = "Search.us.com"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}\"UninstallString" = ""%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\TNT2User.exe" /UNINSTALL PARTNER=10250"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}\"Publisher" = "Search.us.com"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}\"DisplayIcon" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\Profiles\10250\icon.ico"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\MimeTypes\application/x-tnt2\"Description" = "NPAPI middleware for TNT2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\MimeTypes\application/x-tnt2\"Suffixes" = "tnt2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\MimeTypes\application/x-tnt2ghost\"Description" = "NPAPI middleware for TNT2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\MimeTypes\application/x-tnt2ghost\"Suffixes" = "tnt2ghost"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\"Path" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\npTNT2ghost.dll"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\"vendor" = "TNT2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\"version" = "2.2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tnt2ghost.com/Plugin\"Description" = "TNT2 Ghost Plugin"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\"Path" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2\2.0.0.1378\npTNT2.dll"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\"vendor" = "TNT2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\"version" = "2.2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\MozillaPlugins\@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin\"Description" = "TNT2 Plugin"

The application modifies the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ymb3clv7.default\user.js
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\index.dat

The application then modifies the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\"Start Page" = "http://google.co.in/"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\"Start Page" = "http://services.freshy.com/general/newhometab.php?hometab=home&partner=10250&guid={FD025B62-0303-433C-B36D-FA68979900E6}&i={ip}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\"DefaultScope" = "{60A4E4A4-A3C4-41C3-B4BB-E0515193CC3E}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1111429337-1378647866-2075080547-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\"DefaultScope" = "{EE703086-C2B7-4F0E-824A-16229851A4B9}"

The application asks for user consent to change the browser's default search provider and homepage to search.us.com but instead changes it to the following ad-supported search engine:
  • search.findwide.com




Uninstalling the application does not restore the browser's default search provider or homepage.
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.


FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.


1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.