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SearchProtection

SearchProtection

Updated:
February 04, 2015
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
Search Protection
Version:
10.8.0.1
Publisher:
Spigot Inc.
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

SearchProtection is a potentially unwanted application that changes the default search engine settings in web browsers.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version January 30, 2015 revision 018
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 14, 2015 revision 007
  • Initial Daily Certified version January 30, 2015 revision 022
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 16, 2015 revision 003
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 04, 2015
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
The program changes the default search engine settings in web browsers.

Once executed, the program creates the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\BEHelper.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Button.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Button64.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\ButtonWrap.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\ButtonWrap64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Coupons.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\coupons.xpi
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Coupons64.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\saebay.xpi
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\startpage.xpi
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Uninstall.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\fcinstall(1).exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\fcinstall(2).exe
  • %Temp%\~sp45.tmp
  • %Temp%\~sp4F.tmp
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\CnetInstaller-10258459.exe
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\downloadLink
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\inetca.dll
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\nsRandom.dll
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\System.dll
  • %Temp%\nsc4B.tmp\UserInfo.dll
  • %Temp%\nsd40.tmp
  • %Temp%\nsn4A.tmp
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\CnetInstaller-10258459.exe
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\downloadLink
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\inetca.dll
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\nsRandom.dll
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\System.dll
  • %Temp%\nst41.tmp\UserInfo.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\4HIJW9MZ\update[1].xml
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\GTYVK1EJ\iconimg_161058[1].png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RS234E6P\CnetInstaller[1]
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\W9YN0PEF\api[1].txt

The program then creates and populates the following folders:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5mlrhj0w.default\extensions\{54FBE89E-C878-46bb-A064-AB327EE26EBC}
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5mlrhj0w.default\extensions\{62DD0A97-FDD4-421b-94A5-D1A9434450C7}
  • %Temp%\{3FFE5600-87F3-4351-BB2F-1D24F8EB1F01}
  • %Temp%\{7BFE1BE7-89AA-4C0E-8680-9150609297CD}
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5mlrhj0w.default\extensions
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions
  • %Temp%\{3FFE5600-87F3-4351-BB2F-1D24F8EB1F01}
  • %Temp%\{7BFE1BE7-89AA-4C0E-8680-9150609297CD}

The program also creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\"{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}" = "Browser Extensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}\"Implemented Categories" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}\Implemented Categories\"{59fb2056-d625-48d0-a944-1a85b5ab2640}" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}\"InprocServer32" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\Coupons.dll"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}\InprocServer32\"ThreadingModel" = "Apartment"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{1672163f-8651-4c0d-9c05-4ba941123972}\"AppName" = "Button.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{1672163f-8651-4c0d-9c05-4ba941123972}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{1672163f-8651-4c0d-9c05-4ba941123972}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{61db39d5-034c-45c0-8bb2-daf857edcf3b}\"AppName" = "Button64.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{61db39d5-034c-45c0-8bb2-daf857edcf3b}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{61db39d5-034c-45c0-8bb2-daf857edcf3b}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{90E4CD0C-426F-4207-805B-7885AB32D43F}\"AppName" = "BEHelper.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{90E4CD0C-426F-4207-805B-7885AB32D43F}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{90E4CD0C-426F-4207-805B-7885AB32D43F}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{CAE9BEC8-4723-4347-AFC6-25EE3326BA5B}\"AppName" = "BEHelper.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{CAE9BEC8-4723-4347-AFC6-25EE3326BA5B}\"AppPath" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{CAE9BEC8-4723-4347-AFC6-25EE3326BA5B}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\"{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}" = "Browser Extensions"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}\"NoExplorer" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\"{34A0D84B-CDDC-4EC4-AFDD-4F1DDE1D14E5}" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Styles\"MaxScriptStatements" = "F"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU\"K" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9}\Count\HRZR_EHACNGU:P:\Qbphzragf naq Frggvatf\Nqzvavfgengbe\Qrfxgbc\"spvafgnyy.rkr" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Browser Extensions" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\BEHelper.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"DisplayIcon" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\BEHelper.exe,0"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"DisplayName" = "Browser Extensions"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"UninstallString" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\uninstall.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"Publisher" = "Spigot, Inc."
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"URLInfoAbout" = "http://www.spigot.com"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"NoModify" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"NoRepair" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"InstallLocation" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BrowserExtensions\"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"VersionMajor" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"VersionMinor" = "4"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}\"DisplayVersion" = "2.6"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-861567501-1177238915-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\"{3A787631-66A2-4634-B928-A37E73B58FB6}" = ""

The program leaves behind browser settings even after it is uninstalled.
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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
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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.
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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.