Remove SearchExe
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SearchExe | Type: Adware
SearchExe redirects the Internet Explorer searches to the site search-exe.com. SearchExe properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

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SearchExe manual removal

Delete registry values:
Browse to the key:
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
Delete the value 'Search-Exe'
Delete directories:
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Information added: 03/19/04 10:00; information updated: 11/16/04 11:11

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Comments on SearchExe

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Guest
GIANT AntiSpyware got rid of it for me. Very easily, too -- even with a free trial. I feel like a new person! :)
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Tim
Right, I had this for about a month at work and it was ruining my life.Finaly got rif of it... Here's how i did it...pretty simple.
Run regedit off the run menu on the start panel and go to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run... the search.exe is not there, but there will be a file with a strange name, mine was called 'Blend Axis' i simply deletd this file, rebooted and restored default net settings. Look for a file that shouldn't be there, look where it is and what it's calling up.
Be careful, i may have been lucky. Hope this helps!
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Ronald R. Adrian
None of the above works. I have Windows 98 and I have used Spyware 2, Hijackthis, Noadware, etc. I still have the problem. I search for the name searchexe and found it in files user.dat and system.dat. I am afraid to tamper with these files, they could really mess up the registry. Anyone know how to eliminate searchexe from these files, please post it here. Thanks.
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holly
Use regedit to browse to the key listed in the directions above:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run
then look for the key that doesn't belong there.
(I know this sounds vague, but the name of the key has been different each time I have seen this problem. It is pretty obvious. One example: BONE PART)
The key will point to an executable - note the location of the executable and delete the key.
Restart and then delete the executable.
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Frustrated
I've done EVERYTHING above!!!! I can't get rid of this thing. What now?
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muffinead
I'm definately NOT computer-y, but this seemed to work for me - go to start, then Run, then type in regedit and it should go to the registry. Then, in the 'edit' bar, select Find... and type 'search-exe'. Then delete it when it comes up. This should only be done with caution because I suck at computers!
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ravlegend
so far i have "tame" this spyware by :
-tinkering my internet option settings as shown above
-dl , scan hijackthis file and delete any searchexe references log
-dl CWS file shredders (from the same merijn site)
-dl adware 6.0
-dl spybot & destroy program

My HP do goes to a blank screen becasue its directing to another searchexe site but was disable. I just save my real homepage at top of my favorite folder so its just a click away.

Definitely ALOT better than before when I have 2 (yes -TWO!) seperate search browsers at top and bottom and my google hits would direct me to another site.
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ravlegend
oops - another step i took :
my adware came up with a BTIEIN file that it could not destroy.
I merely went to this file:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:SoftwareBTIEIN
and on the right panel delete all the files under it (it would go back to DEFAULT.

Not a computer geek, so do this at own descreet.
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Taylord
This has been such a nusance, I got it about a month ago while downloading an e-card and it has massivly crapped up my computer. I used norton antivirus and ad-aware and it got rid of most of it. Has anyone heard of newdotnet? Is it related to searchexe?
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Anne
Yes, I meant my homepage gets switched first time I turn the computer back on. After I resave my homepage it is usually okay for my session (sometimes if i am on for a long time it will be changed again...) but I can't seem to get it to stop changing my homepage when I first start up my computer.
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