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Searchex

How to Remove Searchex from Your Computer

To completely purge Searchex from your computer, you need to delete the files, folders, Windows registry keys and registry values associated with Searchex. 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 Searchex registry keys and registry values,
see How to Remove Searchex from the Windows Registry.

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

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

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

To delete the Searchex 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.
[%SYSTEM%]\hotlink.dll
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\Twunk001.MTX
[%FAVORITES%]\entertainment\games.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\b to b.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\banking.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\business.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\careers.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\credit cards.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\finance.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\insurance.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\office.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ business and finance\printing.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\computer games.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\computer stores.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\dedicated server.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\domain names.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\hardware.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\laptops.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\software.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\telecommunication\mobile phones.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\telecommunication\telecommunication.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\telecommunication\telephone.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\telecommunication\text sms messaging.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\web design.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ computers and tech\web hosting.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\auction.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\classifieds.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\free emails.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\free homepages.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\free services.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\school essays and homework.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ cool stuff\services.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\adult entertainment.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\automotive.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\dvd.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\entertainment.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\hot games and gaming.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\mp3.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ entertainment\travel.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\black jack.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\chips.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\craps.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\multi player.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\online casinos.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\poker.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\roulette.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\slots.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling\sports books.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\art.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\astrology.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\books.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\community.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\ebooks.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\education\education.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\education\training.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\health and beauty\beauty.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\health and beauty\health and fitness.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\health and beauty\pharmacy.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\home and garden\construction.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\home and garden\furniture.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\home and garden\home and garden.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\home and garden\real estate.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\home and garden\utilities.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\kids.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\magazines.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\matchmaking.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\pets.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\self help.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\wine.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ on lifestyle\women.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ games.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ mp3 music.url
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\sta3.exe
[%FAVORITES%]\ gambling.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ news.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult entertainment.url
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\Inside Program.exe
[%APPDATA%]\lopsearch.exe
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\sta10.exe
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\adult chat.url
[%APPDATA%]\boobarmyloud\boobwipe.exe
[%APPDATA%]\boobarmyloud\fasttitlepeakthird.exe
[%APPDATA%]\boobarmyloud\Inside Bib Axis Site.exe
[%APPDATA%]\boobarmyloud\Warnrule.exe
[%APPDATA%]\aybgwarn.htm
[%APPDATA%]\aybwarn.htm
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\sta11.exe
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\Del29.tmp
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\Del2A.tmp
[%WINDOWS%]\dnserror.htm
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\staE.exe
[%DESKTOP%]\mp3 music search.lnk
[%APPDATA%]\wa_inst.exe
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\amateur photo.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\asian sex.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\ebony.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\fetish.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\gay and lesbian.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\hardcore.url
[%FAVORITES%]\ adult\live video feeds.url
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\proxyn~1
[%FAVORITES%]\ shopping and gifts
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\sitein~1
[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\delete.me
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\window active
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\logobi~1
[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\valintines day card

How to Remove Searchex 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 Searchex from your Windows registry, you must delete all the registry keys and values associated with Searchex, 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 Searchex 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
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\FolderA\FolderB\KeyName1
      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
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\FolderA\FolderB\KeyName2,valueC=
      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\{b405ee45-1aa2-410d-a6cf-1a74371dcd62}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{b405ee45-1aa2-410d-a6cf-1a74371dcd62}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\clsid\{b405ee45-1aa2-410d-a6cf-1a74371dcd62}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{1a98bca2-0bd1-47de-9710-c7665f7f1fcb}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{a116a5c1-ad77-446c-992a-f56200b112db}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\homepage.homepg
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\homepage.homepg.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\iebrowserhelper.ieobj
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\iebrowserhelper.ieobj.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\interface\{46bf7070-1b2d-4eff-91c7-0a40167e1893}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\interface\{7e74dc1c-73c4-47bc-be06-f9dd4f6edfd0}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{4b209bad-5b93-4ed4-846e-dcdbd4b3f6c7}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{b5aefea0-ca6f-4c44-971b-050108df49e4}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\clsid\{1a98bca2-0bd1-47de-9710-c7665f7f1fcb}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\clsid\{a116a5c1-ad77-446c-992a-f56200b112db}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{1a98bca2-0bd1-47de-9710-c7665f7f1fcb}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{a116a5c1-ad77-446c-992a-f56200b112db}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\backup
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\trinityayb
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\protocols\handler\ayb
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\winactive
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\proto.handler
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\proto.handler.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{46bf7070-1b2d-4eff-91c7-0a40167e1893}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{4b209bad-5b93-4ed4-846e-dcdbd4b3f6c7}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{7e74dc1c-73c4-47bc-be06-f9dd4f6edfd0}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{b5aefea0-ca6f-4c44-971b-050108df49e4}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{1a98bca2-0bd1-47de-9710-c7665f7f1fcb}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{a116a5c1-ad77-446c-992a-f56200b112db}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{b405ee45-1aa2-410d-a6cf-1a74371dcd62}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{1a98bca2-0bd1-47de-9710-c7665f7f1fcb}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\valintines day card
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\valintines day card
Registry Values
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\new windows\allow]dns-look-up.com=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\new windows\allow]www.dns-look-up.com=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\new windows\allow]searchweb2.com=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\new windows\allow]www.searchweb2.com=(EMPTY)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser]{38d8beb0-8e9c-48e2-b36e-759615f9930f}=B0BED8389C8EE248B36E759615F9930F
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run]winactive=[%PROGRAM_FILES%]\Window Active\winactive.exe

BHO

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.

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:

StartPade, Mshtmpre, MasterBar, StartPage.cd, TinyBar.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Searchex?^

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

  • 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 Searchex. 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 Searchex.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

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

Detecting Searchex^

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

PC is working very slowly

Searchex 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 Searchex.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

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

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Searchex 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

Searchex 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.