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#1 Claytronic

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:05 AM

Hello, I found an icon on my desktop today called "Search The Web", the link I included is what it looks like and the info on it when right-clicked.
I assume it has something to do with an update to my MSN Messenger Plus that happened today.
It doesn't effect my browser, my Google searches, nothing. I ran a Malwarebytes quickscan just in case and it had no bad results, but have any of you guys seen this? Do you know what it is?
When I google "plusnetwork.com" it brings up a site about MSN Messenger Plus. When I updated MSN, I opted out of any toolbars, as well.

I circled "search iexplore.exe" because I have RKill hidden as the name iexplore.exe.. seems weird that it would pop up on that Search The Web icon. Maybe the icon just opens up Internet Explorer.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:26 AM

Check your Add or Remove Programs list first for it may have been integrated with MSN installation. If you see a toolbar from your browser, you can disable or close/remove it.

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#3 Claytronic

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

Nope, it doesn't seem to be in the Add/Remove Programs list, and isn't a toolbar on Firefox or IE :C

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

The icon opens Internet Explorer and goes to the URL: hxxp://www.plusnetwork.com

Domain Whois:
Title: Plus! Network - Plusnetwork
Keywords: none
Description: none
IP: 130.117.73.29
server location: Europe
ISP: Cogent Communications

I would recommend deleting the icon from your desktop.

Edited by thisisu, 01 November 2012 - 11:37 AM.


#5 Claytronic

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

The icon opens Internet Explorer and goes to the URL: hxxp://www.plusnetwork.com

Title: Plus! Network - Plusnetwork
Keywords: none
Description: none
IP: 130.117.73.29
server location: Europe
ISP: Cogent Communications

So it's safe for me to jsut delete off of my desktop, right?

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

So it's safe for me to jsut delete off of my desktop, right?

Yes. I would recommend deleting the icon.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

Awesome, okay thank you! :) Sorry, I was just a little paranoid because I've never seen this icon before or heard of it, and the fact that it still appeared even after I opted out of toolbars/searches was very strange.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:44 AM

No problem. :thumbup2:




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