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How To Remove Slotch.com Redirector

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 02 November 2004 - 10:11 AM

This self-help guide will allow you to remove Slotch.com browser redirection
What this program does: When you open Internet Explorer it redirects you to slotch.com and creates popups. If you search on the toolbar, address bar, and IE search assistant it will go through http:// search.drsnsrch.com/ 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\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http:// www.couldnotfind.com/search_page.ht...26407
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http:// www.slotch.com/?&account_id=126407
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=

Other symptoms you may see are the follow files installed as O2 and O4 entries. nem219.dll
C:\Program Files\SideFind\sfbho.dll
C:\Program Files\ISTbar\
C:\Program Files\ISTsvc\
C:\Program Files\Internet Optimizer\

If you see any of the above files in a HijackThis entry they should be removed and deleted.

Removal Instructions:
  1. Connect to the Internet and stay connected throughout this entire removal process.

  2. Download HijackThis from the above link and extract it to c:\hijackthis.

  3. Print out these instructions.

  4. Close Internet Explorer and keep it closed throughout the entire removal process.

  5. Enter the control panel by clicking on the Start menu, then clicking on Run.

  6. Now type control in the Open field and press the OK button.

  7. Double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon.

  8. Look for and uninstall the following entries if found in the Add/Remove Programs window. Do not reboot until you uninstall each of these items:

    Active Alert
    Internet Optimizer
    Software Update Manager
    Uninstall 180 Search Assistant (You must be connected to the internet. Just keep pressing the uninstall button when it prompts).
    Viewpoint Media Player
    WSEM Update

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

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

  11. Put a checkmark next to the following entries if they exist:
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http:// www.slotch.com/?&account_id=126407
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http:// www.couldnotfind.com/search_page.ht...26407
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http:// websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = websearch.drsnsrch.com/q.cgi?q=
    O2 - BHO: LocalNRDObj Class - {00320615-B6C2-40A6-8F99-F1C52D674FAD} - C:\WINDOWS\localNRD.dll
    O2 - BHO: Band Class - {01F44A8A-8C97-4325-A378-76E68DC4AB2E} - C:\WINDOWS\systb.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {2CDE1A7D-A478-4291-BF31-E1B4C16F92EB} - (no file)
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Internet Optimizer] "C:\Program Files\Internet Optimizer\optimize.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [xyhjpta] C:\WINDOWS\System32\xesder.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Power Scan] C:\Program Files\Power Scan\powerscan.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [conscorr] C:\WINDOWS\conscorr.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Win Server Updt] C:\WINDOWS\wupdt.exe
    O16 - DPF: {386A771C-E96A-421F-8BA7-32F1B706892F} (Installer Class) - http:// www.xxxtoolbar.com/ist/softwares/v4...g>
  12. Then click the Fix button
  13. Exit HijackThis.

  14. Delete the following directories if they exist:

    c:\program files\180Solutions
    c:\program files\AWS
    c:\program files\Internet Optimizer
    c:\program files\ISTBar
    c:\program files\Powerscan
    c:\program files\SideFind

  15. Reboot your computer and let it boot normally.
Now your computer should no longer be infected with the Slotch.com redirector. 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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