Spyware.ActualNames

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:20 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: ActualNames
Risk Impact: High
File Names: finddll.dll,findservice.exe,mailbook.exe,mailbookproxy.dll,mydll.dll,nn7dll.dll,nndll.dll,spredirect
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.ActualNames is an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object and address bar hijacker that targets users of Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and AOL. It is a security threat because it can download unsigned code from its controlling server and execute that code.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.ActualNames.

Transmission


Spyware.Actualnames is either downloaded through an ActiveX installer or bundled with other products, including some versions of KazaaMate.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 04, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 08, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:20 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: ActualNames
Risk Impact: High
File Names: finddll.dll,findservice.exe,mailbook.exe,mailbookproxy.dll,mydll.dll,nn7dll.dll,nndll.dll,spredirect
Systems Affected: Windows


When Spyware.ActualNames is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. Hijacks the Web browser address bar, redirecting searches.

  2. Installs a mail proxy that may interfere with sending some email.

  3. Updates itself by downloading new versions from its controlling server.

  4. Creates the following files and folders:
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\cliner.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\finddll.dll (CBT hook library for monitoring clicks and window movement)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\findservice.exe (finds AOL, Netscape, Internet Explorer threads)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\mailbook.exe (related to mail proxy)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\mailbookproxy.dll (mail proxy library, registers mail proxy)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\mydll.dll (windows message hook library)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\nn7dll.dll (windows message hook library)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\nndll.dll (windows message hook library)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\regsvr32.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\spredirect.dll (Browser Helper Object)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\update.exe (component of update function)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\updater.exe (component of update function)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\updaterproxy.dll (mail proxy update library)
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\unins000.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\AdvSearch\unins000.dat

      Note: %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.

  5. Creates the following registry keys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AdvSearch.AlarIT.LioN.Updater
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AdvSearch.AlarIT.LioN.Updater.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{80751B22-3FB8-4ED9-B029-E6F568BB48A8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B9CD23F0-086D-4190-9C04-FBFA1EA09FF8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B9CD23F0-086D-4190-9C04-FBFA1EA09FF8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7197649B-548D-41C0-B2C1-45ED402594A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{92C7D65C-52F3-4545-8A35-213D730DB1ED}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{92C7D65C-52F3-4545-8A35-213D730DB1ED}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{4CD051DD-AA90-4C5C-BD55-EA52969BE48B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{33403499-E238-4F35-8F5A-7F53D24FF9E2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{33403499-E238-4F35-8F5A-7F53D24FF9E2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{300D6635-E419-47E3-9642-6D73337684CD}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{DEE456F3-A075-4F60-BEA0-8748D0917701}


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:20 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: ActualNames
Risk Impact: High
File Names: finddll.dll,findservice.exe,mailbook.exe,mailbookproxy.dll,mydll.dll,nn7dll.dll,nndll.dll,spredirect
Systems Affected: Windows


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Unregister the dll files.
  3. Uninstall ActualNames using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  4. Run a full system scan.
  5. Delete the values from the registry.
  6. Delete the related files and folders.
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 unregister the .dll files
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type, or copy and paste, the following text:

    regsvr32 /u "%ProgramFiles\AdvSearch\mailbookproxy.dll"

    then click OK.

  3. If a dialog box confirming this action appears, click OK.

  4. Repeat steps a to c, and type, or copy and paste, the following text:

    regsvr32 /u "%ProgramFiles\AdvSearch\spredirect.dll"

    then click OK.

  5. Repeat steps a to c, and type, or copy and paste, the following text:

    regsvr32 /u "%ProgramFiles\AdvSearch\updaterproxy.dll"

    then click OK.


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

    • 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."

    • 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.

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

  2. Click ActualNames.


    Note:
    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.


4. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.

    Note: If you ran the Add/Remove programs applet as described in the previous section, all the files may have been removed, and thus none of them will be detected.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware.ActualNames 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 threat 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 threat 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 threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat 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.

    • 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 threat 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.

        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.

5. To delete the values from the registry (if they exist)

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 keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate and delete the following keys if they exist:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AdvSearch.AlarIT.LioN.Updater
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AdvSearch.AlarIT.LioN.Updater.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{80751B22-3FB8-4ED9-B029-E6F568BB48A8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B9CD23F0-086D-4190-9C04-FBFA1EA09FF8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B9CD23F0-086D-4190-9C04-FBFA1EA09FF8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7197649B-548D-41C0-B2C1-45ED402594A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{92C7D65C-52F3-4545-8A35-213D730DB1ED}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{92C7D65C-52F3-4545-8A35-213D730DB1ED}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{4CD051DD-AA90-4C5C-BD55-EA52969BE48B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{33403499-E238-4F35-8F5A-7F53D24FF9E2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{33403499-E238-4F35-8F5A-7F53D24FF9E2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{300D6635-E419-47E3-9642-6D73337684CD}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{DEE456F3-A075-4F60-BEA0-8748D0917701}

d. Exit the Registry Editor.


6. To delete the related files and folders (if they exist)
  1. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the Program Files folder.
  2. Delete the folder, "AdvSearch," and all the files contained within that folder.