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SearchWWW

How to Remove SearchWWW from Your Computer

You can effectively remove SearchWWW from your computer with Exterminate It!.

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

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.

Be Aware of the Following BHO Threats:

Downloader, Mendware, LinkReplacer, Alureon, IESearch.

How Did My PC Get Infected with SearchWWW?^

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

  • 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 SearchWWW. 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 SearchWWW.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

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

Detecting SearchWWW^

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

PC is working very slowly

SearchWWW 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 SearchWWW.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

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

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

SearchWWW 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

SearchWWW 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.