Exterminate It! Antimalware


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Aliases of 2020Search (AKA):


How to Remove 2020Search from Your Computer^

To completely purge 2020Search from your computer, you need to delete the files, folders, Windows registry keys and registry values associated with 2020Search. These files, folders and registry elements are respectively listed in the Files, Folders, Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the 2020Search registry keys and registry values,
see How to Remove 2020Search from the Windows Registry.

For instructions on deleting the 2020Search files and folders,
see How to Delete 2020Search Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)

How to Delete 2020Search Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with 2020Search are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the 2020Search files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.
[%WINDOWS%]\downloaded program files\2020search.inf
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\Kaspersky Lab Setup Files\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009\English\setup.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\Apple Computer\Installer Cache\iTunes\SetupAdmin.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\Creative\Shared Files\CTDevSrv.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindServiceAE.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\AIMLang.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\alsetup.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\aoldlmgr.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\migrator.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\postproc.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\tbsetup.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\AOL Downloads\triton_suite_install\\unagi3.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\012Net\012Net-Cable dialer\FWPortal.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\PC Connectivity Solution\ServiceLayer.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\PC Connectivity Solution\Transports\NclUSBSrv.exe
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\PC Connectivity Solution\Transports\NclRSSrv.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\beep axis mode free\Gram Acid.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\Kaspersky Lab Setup Files\Kaspersky Anti-Virus\English\setup.exe
[%APPDATA%]\StyleManager\MAGS EXTRA GPL 64.exe
[%APPDATA%]\StyleManager\shim great.exe
[%COMMON_APPDATA%]\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam-setup.exe

How to Remove 2020Search from the Windows Registry^

The Windows registry stores important system information such as system preferences, user settings and installed programs details as well as the information about the applications that are automatically run at start-up. Because of this, spyware, malware and adware often store references to their own files in your Windows registry so that they can automatically launch every time you start up your computer.

To effectively remove 2020Search from your Windows registry, you must delete all the registry keys and values associated with 2020Search, which are listed in the Registry Keys and Registry Values sections on this page.

IMPORTANT: Because the registry is a core component of your Windows system, it is strongly recommended that you back up the registry before you begin deleting keys and values. For information about backing up the Windows registry, refer to the Registry Editor online help.

To remove the 2020Search registry keys and values:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK.
    The Registry Editor window opens. This window consists of two panes. The left pane displays folders that represent the registry keys arranged in hierarchical order. The right one lists the registry values of the currently selected registry key.
  3. To delete each registry key listed in the Registry Keys section, do the following:
    • Locate the key in the left pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders according to the path indicated in the Registry Keys section. For example, if the path of a registry key is
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders.
    • Select the key name indicated at the end of the path (KeyName1 in the example above).
    • Right-click the key name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
  4. To delete each registry value listed in the Registry Values section, do the following:
    • Display the value in the right pane of the Registry Editor window by sequentially expanding the folders in the left pane according to the path indicated in the Registry Values section and selecting the specified key name. For example, if the path of a registry value is
      sequentially expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, software, FolderA and FolderB folders and select the KeyName2 key to display the valueC value in the right pane.
    • In the right pane, select the value name indicated after a comma at the end of the path (valueC in the example above).
    • Right-click the value name and select Delete on the menu.
    • Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
Registry Keys
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{4e1075f4-eec4-4a86-add7-cd5f52858c31}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{fc3a74e5-f281-4f10-ae1e-733078684f3c}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\menuext\&rsdn search
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}
Registry Values
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser] {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}=[%HEX_ARRAY%]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser] {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}=4FD77B4E8D2B9E4692C6CE7EB590A94D
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser] {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar] {4e1075f4-eec4-4a86-add7-cd5f52858c31}=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar] {4e7bd74f-2b8d-469e-92c6-ce7eb590a94d}=(EMPTY)


Software that is designed to launch advertisements, frequently pop-up ads, on a user’s computer and/or to redirect search results to promotional Web sites. Adware programs are often built into freeware or shareware programs, where the adware creates an indirect ‘charge’ for using the free program. Sometimes a trojan can silently download an adware program from a Web site and install it onto a user’s machine.

Hacker tools, or Browser Hijackers, can also download an adware program by exploiting a web browser’s vulnerability. Browser Hijackers may tamper with the browser settings, redirect incorrect or incomplete URLs to unwanted Web sites, or change the default home page. They can also re-direct a user’s searches to “pay-to-view” (often pornographic) Web sites.

Typically, many adware programs do not leave any marks of their presence in the system: they are not listed on Start | Programs; they add no icons to the system tray; and they don’t show up on the task list. In addition, adware programs seldom provide an uninstallation procedure, and attempts at manually removing them frequently result in failure of the original carrier program.

Be Aware of the Following Adware Threats:

Win32.Wintrim!Downloader.Variant, 23aw0001, Bobbie, Rads01.Quadrogram, YazzleBundle.


Browser Helper Object, or BHO, is a dynamic link library (DLL) that runs whenever Internet Explorer is started. Generally, BHOs are included in installation of third-party programs where they are offered as enhancements of the browser functionality. For example, many Internet Explorer plug-ins are in essence BHOs.

BHOs can be installed silently or “legitimately” when a user fails to read the fine print included in the freeware program’s EULA (End User License Agreement).

Because BHOs are small programs, they can do anything that other programs can do. It’s not easy to detect the BHOs installed on the computer. This enables hackers and other malevolent users to employ the BHO functionality in their interests, for example, secretly install adware programs or gather various statistics on the user’s browsing trends.

Be Aware of the Following BHO Threats:

BrowserAid, Surfcomp, BrowserAid.Featured.Results, VIP.NetLink, Webdir.b.


A third-party toolbar that provides additional functionality or enhancements for a user’s browser.
Some toolbars are useful; others may camouflage installation of a trojan or spyware to a user’s computer or act as adware bombarding a user with pop-up advertisements.

Be Aware of the Following Toolbar Threats:

GameBar, Friends.fr, Seek99, IRCFlood, BrowserAid.ABCSearch.

How Did My PC Get Infected with 2020Search?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with 2020Search:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like 2020Search. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like 2020Search.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including 2020Search, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting 2020Search^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with 2020Search:

PC is working very slowly

2020Search can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with 2020Search.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

2020Search can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. 2020Search may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

2020Search may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

2020Search may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.