Trackware.SearchTerms

Trackware.SearchTerms

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
[RANDOM NAME].dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Trackware.SearchTerms is a trackware program that monitors the search terms that are entered by a user into a range of popular search engines, and sends those search terms to a third party website.

Symptoms


Files are detected as Trackware.SearchTerms.

Behavior


Trackware.SearchTerms must be manually installed.

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 July 20, 2006
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 26, 2015 revision 023
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 26, 2006
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Trackware.SearchTerms is executed, it performs the following actions:

1. Creates the following registry subkeys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}\InprocServer32
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}\ProgID
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}\Programmable
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}\TypeLib
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}\VersionIndependentProgID
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho\CLSID
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho\CurVer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho.1\CLSID
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
HKEY_ALL_USERS\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}


2. May connect to the following web-sites and transmit any search terms a user has entered in a search engine:

[http://]imlooking.net
[http://]esearchme.info
[http://]66.230.138.44



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. 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 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. To delete the value 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 following subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho.1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
    HKEY_ALL_USERS\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
d. Exit the Registry Editor.


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