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#1 tmontney



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:42 PM

I came across this little article recently: http://www.spywarein....info/toolbars/ and it intrigued me. I've always seen friends and family plagued by toolbars. I was curious to know how they work, such as how they are installed and such. The article was good, but some of the links didn't work.


One thing I wanted to know was how to detect them when they try to install. Unless there's a comprehensive list of toolbars out there.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:54 AM

I just found this: http://www.systemlookup.com/ but I can't figure out how to browse all the items in O2, O3, R3 at once.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:38 AM

You can search the SystemLook database by Filename, CLSID and Name.

Listed in bold below.

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7559B76E-0222-4d77-9499-CCE9EB4EDC2F} - E:\PROGRA~1\AdShield\AdShield\AdShield.dll

O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - e:\windows\googletoolbar_en_1.1.70-big.dll
In the case of this type of entries search the filename for the chraracters string in bold.

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BOCleanautostart] BOClean.exe

Search BOCleanautostart in the Name section and BOClean.exe in the filename section.

I maintain this list of toolbars, malware PUP etc....
It's not comprehensive, as new unwanted programs are being issued everyday.
Hope it helps.

For any problems you should start a topic in this forum.

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