Title: SmartSearch

Remove SmartSearch
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:SmartSearch severity is 44  (44 / 100)
 
SmartSearch is a browser hijacker that changes Internet Explorer default home and search pages to undesirable web sites and modifies related search settings. The threat also redirects the web browser to unsolicited Internet resources every time the user enters a site address without the "http://" prefix. SmartSearch is able to automatically update itself via the Internet. The threat runs on every Windows startup. SmartSearch properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

Automatic SmartSearch removal:

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall SmartSearch. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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SmartSearch snapshot:

SmartSearch manual removal:

Kill processes:
accesss.exe, directx.exe, explore.exe, funny.exe, helpcvs.exe, internet.exe, systeem.exe, systemcritical.exe, wmplayer.exe, y.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SystemEmergency
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\Prefixes\www=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\DefaultPrefix\(Default)=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\CustomizeSearch=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\SearchAssistant=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search_URL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page=[site address]
Delete files:
accesss.exe, directx.exe, explore.exe, funny.exe, helpcvs.exe, internet.exe, systeem.exe, systemcritical.exe, wmplayer.exe, y.exe

Misc:
[site address] is an address of a web site on the smartsearch.ws domain.

Exact file location:
accesss.exe - C:\Program Files\Accessories
directx.exe - C:\Program Files\directx
explore.exe - C:\Windows or C:\Winnt
funny.exe, y.exe - C:
helpcvs.exe - C:\Windows\Help or C:\Winnt\Help
internet.exe - C:\Windows\System, C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Winnt\System32
systeem.exe - C:\Program Files\Common Files\System
systemcritical.exe - C:\Games
wmplayer.exe - C:\Windows\Media or C:\Winnt\Media

Geolocation of SmartSearch:

This map reveals the prevalence of SmartSearch. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United Kingdom and United States.

QR code for SmartSearch removal instructions:

SmartSearch qrcode
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like SmartSearch are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall SmartSearch right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
Information added: 2004-03-19 10:00:00
Information updated: 2010-03-17 12:03:05

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Gilles
The software cann't be install, so I don't know if I should try a manual ramoval. Should I ??
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Gilles
I've tried the manual removal, I found no trace of 'SystemEmergency'. So the SmartSearch page is still my default Home page in the Internet Explorer.
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Ernan
Nothing works here except disabling the systeem.exe from the start-up menu.

The SmartSearch is a variant of CoolWebSearch Trojan. I was able to restore my system after running CWShredder.
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James
That did the trick, Its funny because AVG found it once but it seems there were more.
It was very annoying.
YOU GUY ROCK
James
www.webbome.com

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