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How To Remove The Easy-search.biz Hijacker


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 03:35 PM


How to remove the Easy-Search.biz Hijacker
What this program does: This program is a Internet Explorer sidebar that opens when you use search engines and contain sponsored links.
Tools Needed for this fix: Related Tutorials: Symptoms in a HijackThis Log (Maybe different entries but will contain the same domains and hostnames):

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = 127.0.0.1:8080
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = https://
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Internet Acceleration Utility] iau.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Connection Wizard] stisvsq.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Games Acceleration] svshost.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Mail and News] msqdevl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Management Console] lssas.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Multimedia extensions] mservice.exe

Removal Instructions:
  1. Download HijackThis from the above link and extract it to c:\hijackthis.

  2. Print out these instructions.

  3. Navigate to the c:\hijackthis directory and double-click on HijackThis

  4. When the program starts, double-click on the HijackThis icon and then click on the Scan button.

  5. Put a checkmark next to the following entries if they exist: R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = 127.0.0.1:8080
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = https://
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Internet Acceleration Utility] iau.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Connection Wizard] stisvsq.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Games Acceleration] svshost.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Mail and News] msqdevl.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Management Console] lssas.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Multimedia extensions] mservice.exe

  6. Then click the Fix button

  7. Exit HijackThis.

  8. Reboot your computer

  9. Delete the following files:

    %SYSTEM%\iau.exe
    %SYSTEM%\stisvsq.exe
    %SYSTEM%\svshost.exe
    %SYSTEM%\msqdevl.exe
    %SYSTEM%\lssas.exe
    %SYSTEM%\mservice.exe

  10. Reboot your computer

  11. Open Internet Explorer. Click on tools, then Internet Options. Then click on the Connect tab.

  12. Then press the Lan Settings button and uncheck the Use a proxy server checkbox. Then press OK until you are out of the options screen.
Note: %SYSTEM% is a variable that refers to the System folder in your Windows folder. You can use the follow information to determine where your system folder is by default:

Windows 95/98/ME: C:\windows\system
Windows 2000/NT: C:\Winnt\System32
Windows XP/2003: C:\Windows\System32
Now your computer should no longer be infected with Easy-search.biz. It may be possible that you still have some spyware or malware installed on your computer. If you feel this is the case, follow the instructions below to post a HijackThis log and someone will help you to remove the rest.

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can post a HijackThis log in our HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods forum and someone will help you.


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