Remove SmartSearch
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SmartSearch | Type: Browser Hijackers
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

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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\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

[site address] is an address of a web site on the 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

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

Information added: 03/19/04 10:00; information updated: 03/17/10 12:03

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Comments on SmartSearch

It was Gods grace that I got rid of mystartsearch malware.

All I did was

in the add ons , clear all the smartsearch extensions and all not verified programmes.

Then, I went into the registry and pressed CTRL+F (which bring search box) . I put Mysmart in that search box and it found heaps of folders with MYsmartsearch.
Then I just deleted one by one and my computer became free of mysmartsearch.

I promise you will GET RID OF IT too.
That did the trick, Its funny because AVG found it once but it seems there were more.
It was very annoying.
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.
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.
The software cann't be install, so I don't know if I should try a manual ramoval. Should I ??

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