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Updated: November 06, 2007 3:01:47 PM
Type: Adware
Version: 1.0
Publisher: exact Advertising
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows


Adware.BargainBuddy monitors Internet usage and displays advertisements.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 06, 2020 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 01, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 07, 2020 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 06, 2003

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

When Adware.BargainBuddy is executed, it creates several files and folders in the following location: %ProgramFiles%\Bargain Buddy

Next, the program may create some or all of the following files:

  • %System%\angelex.exe
  • %System%\instsrv.exe
  • %System%\msexreg.exe
  • %System%\netut80ex.vxd
  • %System%\bbchk.exe
  • %System%\exclean.exe
  • %System%\exdl.exe
  • %System%\exdl0.exe
  • %System%\exdl1.exe
  • %System%\exul.exe
  • %System%\javexulm.vxd
  • %System%\mqexdlm.srg
  • %System%\msbe.dll
  • %System%\msxct.exe
  • %Windir%\bbchk.exe
  • %Windir%\exclean.exe
  • %Windir%\exdl.exe
  • %Windir%\exul.exe
  • %Windir%\msxct.exe
  • %Windir%\msxct1.ini
  • %Windir%\zeta.exe
  • %Windir%\ahcb.exe
  • %Windir%\Prefetch\gcrc.txt
  • %Windir%\msxct1.ini
  • %System%\vx0.nls
  • %System%\vx0x.nls
  • %System%\vx1.nls
  • %System%\vx1x.nls
  • %System%\vx2.nls
  • %System%\vx2x.nls
  • %System%\vx3.nls
  • %System%\vx3x.nls
  • %System%\javex80.vxd
  • %System%\ide21201.vxd
  • %System%\netut80ex[TWO VARIABLE CHARACTERS].vxd
  • %System%\
  • %System%\mac80ex.idf
  • %System%\trkgif.exe
  • %Windir%\bargain4.exe
  • %Windir%\*MARKETING*.exe
  • %Windir%\Downloaded Program Files\installer_MARKETING1.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\bb.exe

The program may then create the following registry entries so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Bargains" = "%ProgramFiles%\Bargain Buddy\bin\bargains.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"msxct" = "msxct.exe"

It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Bargains
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BargainBuddy
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{CE31A1F7-3D90-4874-8FBE-A5D97F8BC8F1}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{0878B424-1F95-4E26-B5AB-F0D349D89650}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\C6906A23-4717-4E1F-B6FD-F06EBED14177}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{8EEE58D5-130E-4CBD-9C83-35A0564EA119}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{4EB7BBE8-2E15-424B-9DDB-2CDB9516A2A3}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Apuc.UrlCatcher.1

The program installs itself as a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer.

It then monitors Internet usage. It has been reported that the risk will attempt to send information to a remote server.

The program also displays advertisements downloaded on TCP port 80, from the following domain:


Removal Tool
Symantec Security Response has developed a removal tool for Adware.BargainBuddy. Use this removal tool first, as it is the easiest way to remove this risk.

The tool can be found here:

The current version of the tool is 1.0.4 and will have a digital signature timestamp equivalent to August 26, 2005 05:43:26 AM PDT.

Note: The date and time displayed will be adjusted to your time zone, if your computer is not set to the Pacific time zone.

It has been reported that a computer with this security risk on it may also have other security risks installed. Symantec recommends that the following steps be carried out:

  1. Run the Removal Tool for Adware.BargainBuddy.
  2. Update the definitions.
  3. Run a full system scan to detect any other security risks on the computer.
  4. If the scan detects any further security risks, check for removal tools at
  5. If there are no removal tools for the security risks that are detected, follow the manual removal instructions listed in the risk report.

Manual Removal

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall the security risk.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete any values added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

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

2. To uninstall the Security Risk
  1. Do one of the following:
    1. On the Windows 98 taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    2. On the Windows Me taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
        If you do not see the Add/Remove Programs icon, click "...view all Control Panel options."

    3. On the Windows 2000 taskbar:
      By default, Windows 2000 is set up the same as Windows 98, so follow the instructions for Windows 98. If otherwise, click Start, point to Settings > Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.

    4. On the Windows XP taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  2. Click The BullsEye Network

    You may need to use the scroll bar to view the whole list.

  3. Click Add/Remove, Change/Remove, or Remove (this varies with the operating system). Follow the prompts.

    Note: After running the Add/Remove programs applet, all the files may have been removed. You will want to run a full system scan to ensure that this is the case. However, it is possible that no files will be detected after using Add/Remove programs.

3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support security risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports security risk detection, and security risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the risk so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer. Restart the computer in Normal mode.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the risk that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

  3. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer

  4. Navigate to and delete some of the following files, if present

    • %System%\instsrv.exe
    • %System%\angelex.exe
    • %System%\msexreg.exe
    • %System%\netut80ex.vxd
    • %System%\bbchk.exe
    • %System%\exclean.exe
    • %System%\exdl.exe
    • %System%\exdl0.exe
    • %System%\exdl1.exe
    • %System%\exul1.exe
    • %System%\javexulm.vxd
    • %System%\mqexdlm.srg
    • %System%\msxct.exe
    • %Widir%\bbchk.exe
    • %Widir%\exclean.exe
    • %Widir%\exdl.exe
    • %Widir%\exul.exe
    • %Widir%\msbe.dll
    • %Widir%\msxct.exe
    • %Widir%\msxct1.ini
    • %Widir%\zeta.exe

  5. Navigate to and delete the following folder, if present:

    • %ProgramFiles%\Bargain Buddy

  6. Exit Windows Explorer.

Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.
    4. To delete the value from the registry
    Important: 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 subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
    1. Click Start > Run.
    2. Type regedit

      Then click OK.

      Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

    3. Navigate to the subkey:


    4. In the right pane, delete the values, if present:

      "Bargains" = "%ProgramFiles%\Bargain Buddy\bin\bargains.exe"
      "BullsEye" = "%ProgramFiles%\BullsEye Network\bin\bargains.exe"
      "BullsEye Network" = "%ProgramFiles%\BullsEye Network\bin\bargains.exe"
      "msxct" = "msxct.exe"

    5. Navigate to and delete the following subkeys:

      \Browser Helper Objects\{CE31A1F7-3D90-4874-8FBE-A5D97F8BC8F1}
      \Browser Helper Objects\{CE188402-6EE7-4022-8868-AB25173A3E14}
      \Browser Helper Objects\{F4E04583-354E-4076-BE7D-ED6A80FD66DA}

    6. Exit the Registry Editor.