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Spyware.IEToolbar

Spyware.IEToolbar

Updated:
13 February 2007
Version:
2.0
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
toolbar.dll Searchit_toolbar.exe searchit_toolbar.cab
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.IEToolbar is an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object. It is a generic toolbar that is a component of commercial toolbars such as SearchIt toolbar. It monitors browsing patterns and sends URL information to a remote server. Spyware.IEToolbar also hijacks the Internet Explorer search function.

Symptoms


One or more files are detected as Spyware.IEToolbar.

Behavior


Spyware.IEToolbar is a component of many commercial toolbars and their installers install them. It is installed manually or bundled with other software.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 07 May 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version 11 September 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 07 May 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 15 September 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Spyware.IEToolbar is installed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Opens the browser to display a page at www.searchit.com

  2. Creates the following files:

    • about.html
    • error.html
    • logos.bmp
    • nav.bmp
    • options.html
    • toolbar.crc
    • toolbar.dll
    • toolbar.inf

      in one of the following locations:

    • %ProgramFiles%\IEToolbar
    • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files

      Note:
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.

  3. Creates the following registry entries:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7CBBB3F1-0E68-43FA-B034-4D3EC394D085}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B36CB30A-6ED9-4C63-9A8A-7DE9FA234608}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{CABBB49A-4D7B-415B-8250-15C3B854E9FF}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Softomate.IEToolbar
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Softomate.IEToolbar.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarToolbar5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarToolbar5.1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5\IEToolbar
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5\IEToolbar.1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\&SearchIt Toolbar Search
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ToolbarToolbar5IEToolbar



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Unregister the toolbar.dll file.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete the values that were added to the registry.
  5. Delete any related files.
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 unregister the toolbar.dll file
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type, or copy and paste, one of the following lines of text (depending on the location of the dll.):

    regsvr32 /u "%ProgramFiles%\IEToolbar\toolbar.dll"

    or

    regsvr32 /u "%Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\toolbar.dll"


    then click OK.

  3. If a dialog box confirming this action appears, click OK.

3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware.IEToolbar 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 threat 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 threat 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 threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat 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.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.

    • 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 threat 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.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.
  3. Navigate to %ProgramFiles% and delete the folder "IEToolbar."

4. To delete the values 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 keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.


Note:
This is done to make sure that all the keys are removed. They may not be there if regsvr32 removed them.

  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to and delete the following keys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7CBBB3F1-0E68-43FA-B034-4D3EC394D085}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B36CB30A-6ED9-4C63-9A8A-7DE9FA234608}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{CABBB49A-4D7B-415B-8250-15C3B854E9FF}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Softomate.IEToolbar
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Softomate.IEToolbar.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarToolbar5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ToolbarToolbar5.1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5\IEToolbar
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Toolbar5\IEToolbar.1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt
    \&SearchIt Toolbar Search
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
    \{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser
    \{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks
    \{BECD7FB6-D67E-4104-A8AD-0DBC10251438}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    \ToolbarToolbar5IEToolbar