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Adware.Conspy - Removal

Updated:
February 13, 2007 11:36:41 AM
Type:
Adware
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
waol.exe; editpad.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.IEDriver.
  3. Delete the values that were added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. Scanning for and deleting the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.IEDriver, click Delete.


    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

3. Deleting the value from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry," for instructions.
  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "IEDriver"="%System%\IEdriver\Iedriver.exe"

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Uninstall

  6. Delete the subkey:

    {BC3BBF86-E4EC-4412-9676-8355468B3B05}

  7. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

  8. In the right pane, restore the correct value of the key:

    "Search Bar"

    or, if you are not sure, delete the value.

  9. Exit the Registry Editor.


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