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Testimonials

I have had major computer issues in the last week. I was infected with the Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans. After researching the net for possible solutions, i found they are extremely difficult to remove. I tried a variety of spyware removal tools to no avail. To do it manually is near on impossible.
The symptoms are, computer runs slow, constant ad pop ups, hijacking of emails, theft of information and locking of a variety of functions.
I then found buried deep in a google search a link to Exterminate It. After reading it, I downloaded to do a free scan and a lot of stuff no other spyware had found showed up. So i went searching the locations and sure enough the files where there on my system. I tried removing them with no luck. So i spent the $25 usa to activate.
http://www.exterminate-it.com/
It removed all but 4. I was disappointed that the Trojans once again reloaded and my problems continued. So, i used the SUBMIT STATE service. I supplied all the info i could gather, pop up addys and what they were for , what others programs had found and Exterminate had missed etc. Within 24 hours i received and email telling me they had updated there system and to download it. I rescanned the system and it deleted all the previous locked files.
Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans have not done their re appearing act since and my comp is running normal again.

It's worth remembering the addy or downloading it to see what it finds. I had no problems doing so in anyway with this program. They done what they said they would on there web site in under the time frame.

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Administrator of Horse Racing Forums

Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook

How to Remove Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook from Your Computer

You can effectively remove Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Adware

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:

DeluxeCommunications, WebLookUp, Look2Me, CWS, skymasters.biz.

Hijacker

Software that seizes control of a computer’s resources to proliferate itself or use them for other malicious purposes.

There are several types of hijackers. The most common are:

  • Browser hijackers – Alters the existing Internet browser settings so that a user is redirected to unwanted or malicious Web sites. These include programs that change the browser Home page or replace a popular search service’s home page with its own fake copy, whose search results point to particular malicious or irrelevant sites.
  • Autorun hijackers – Automatically run certain programs on start-up of a user’s computer.

Be Aware of the Following Hijacker Threats:

AdGoblin.plathping, Searchex, Winpage.Blocker, StartPage.sl, StartPade.

Toolbar

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:

SupaSeek, BazookaBar, MyWebSearch.Toobar, LookThru.Cool.Search.Bar, IRCFlood.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook:

  • 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 Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook. 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 Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

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

Detecting Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook:

PC is working very slowly

Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook 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 Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

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

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook 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

Searchaid.URL.Search.Hook 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.