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CoolWebSearch | Type: Browser Hijackers
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CoolWebSearch is the most widely known and the most annoying browser hijacker. It distributes itself by exploiting security holes in older or unpatched version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. It has many variants (see Variants), each of them with its own performance and actions. CoolWebSearch properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

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Geolocation of CoolWebSearch

Map reveals the prevalence of CoolWebSearch. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Netherlands, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

Information added: 03/19/04 10:00; information updated: 10/18/09 06:10

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Comments on CoolWebSearch

This Virus is the worst. I have had it one before and I used system restore and everything was fixed TRY THIS IS WORKS

But now I have it on my server at work (yes I'm the administrator) and I CANT GET RID OF IT!! Use firefox peoples
coolwebsearch Dot Com is gulity I dont care what they say. There gulity as charged. Take them down!


Run first PepiMK
and than
External Mirror

Worked for me after 2 days of trying various solutions.

Symantec and McAffee both have manual procedures.

Windows hosts file is where the problem exists, caused by the virus.
its more than a 55$, NONE of the spy ware programs I am using can get rid of this thing, including the version this site offers as a solution.

I don't know how to get rid of this thing.
eduardo dammroze
ad-aware - spybot and other programs detect it but do not remove it. ?´ve tried almost everything.
damn..i found mupdate,toolband,winres,googlems, and leftovers. all frickin variants of coolwwwsearch. it also keeps downloading other shit to my comp like winpup,isearchtech.istsvc,dyfuca, bargains buddy.....WOULD SOMEBODY FREAKING HELP ME???!!
i've used all the spyware removal imaginable like cwshredder, hijack this, lavasoft ad-aware, spyware doctor, spy sweeper but this cws thingy is still coming back... i dont want to reformat my windows so can anyone tell me how to remove it? and tell me where that bastard live so that i can kill him.. its so annoying and troublesome!! and oh, i already delete my temp internet file... gosh, who ever invented this should be hang upside down with a boiling water underneath... urghhh!!!
WELL.... Perhaps its time for the hijakers to get hijacked, humm picture that a jaking hijakers
I&#039;ve ran 5 different types of Spyware/Hijacker/BHO removers...Did CoolWWWSearch SmartKiller MiniRemoval...Couldn&#039;t find the fucker...Now getting SpyHunter...If this dun work...I&#039;mma give my pooter flying lessons off my roof...At least then I&#039;d get SOME amusement...Anyone know where these jackasses live ?
Had this awful variant on my machine for couple of days. Ran cwshredder....which detected CWS and supposedly cleaned it the first time it ran...but the browser kept getting hijacked. Ran XoftSpy safe mode too..which detected CWS....but again the damned thing kept returning. Subsequent runs of Xoft failed to detect CWS.....but it was there. Also cleaned up the temp internet directory, deleted new installations by the CWS program from &quot;Program Files&quot; and ran ADD REMOVE programs to uninstal any programs installed by success. Finally ran Lavasoft Ad-Aware v 6.0 which detected 57 traces of the bastard program in the registery. Since then the browser homepage has been restored.. Oh yes, don&#039;t forget to remove references to CWS parasite programs from the startup control panel.....WildCat
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