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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:45:39 AM
Type: Adware
Version: n/a
Risk Impact: Low
File Names: sbss.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Adware.SideBySide directs web searches to, and displays pop-up ads.


Your Symantec program detects Adware.SideBySide.


The SideBySideSearch installer must be executed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 07, 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 06, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 07, 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 06, 2005

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

Technical Description

When Adware.SideBySide is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\sbss\sbss.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\sbss\Stop sbss.lnk
    • %ProgramFiles%\sbss\Uninstall sbss.exe

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

  2. Creates the following registry subkeys:


  3. Adds the value:

    "sbss Launcher" =  "%ProgramFiles%\sbss\sbss.exe"

    to the registry subkey:


  4. Adds the values:

    "DisplayName" = "sbss"
    "NoModify" = "0x00000001"
    "UninstallString" = "C:\Program Files\sbss\Uninstall sbss.exe"

    to the registry subkey:


  5. Adds the values:

    "InstalledTo" = "C:\Program Files\sbss"
    "LogURL" = "\nextvantage"
    "mQuery" = "0x00000000"
    "mGUID" = "{47A2A948-AB0A-4C20-A89F-6E847EDA7314}"
    "mADCODE" = "2089!ascentive"
    "startupflags" = "0x00000001"
    "InstalledVN" = "0x00002710"

    to the registry subkey:


  6. Monitors the user's online activity, sends keyword searches to, then displays a pop-up window displaying the search results retrieved from

  7. Displays pop-up ads.


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

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete the 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 restart the computer in Safe mode
Shut down the computer, and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode. For instructions, read "How to start the computer in Safe Mode ."

3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.SideBySide, 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 see only a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions about 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; the threat will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To delete the security risk
      1. Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      2. In the Item Information box that appears, write down the full path and file name.
      3. Use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

    • Delete
      This option attempts to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see the 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 appears, write down the full path and file name.
      • Use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

4. To delete the values 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 > Run.

  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to the subkey:


  4. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "sbss Launcher" =  "%ProgramFiles%\sbss\sbss.exe"

  5. Delete the following subkeys:


  6. Exit the Registry Editor.