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TopSearch.dll - Do I need it?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Big Dog Dad, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. Big Dog Dad

    Big Dog Dad NRA Patriot Life Member

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    Every time I reboot in XP, I get the following message:

    Couldn't load library TopSearch.dll. Is this a legitimate Windows file or part of Spyware, a virus, etc.? I'm getting tired of spending half of my time on deleting spyware, viruses, and other assorted garbage. I think it might be time to go to Apple and get away from Winblows.
     
  2. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    TopSearch
    · Overview ·
    · Origins ·
    · Distribution ·
    · Operation ·
    · Detection and Removal ·
    · Research ·


    Overview
    Summary:
    Bundled with Kazaa.
    See Also:
    Kazaa
    Category:


    Browser Helper Object: (BHO). A component that Internet Explorer will load whenever it starts, shares IE's memory context, can perform any action on the available windows and modules. A BHO can detect events, create windows to display additional information on a viewed page, monitor messages and actions. Microsoft calls it "a spy we send to infiltrate the browser's land." BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are seen by the firewall as your browser itself. Some exploits of this technology search all pages you view in IE and replace banner advertisements with other ads. Some monitor and report on your actions. Some change your home page.

    Toolbar: A group of buttons which perform common tasks. A toolbar for Internet Explorer is nomally located below the menu bar at the top of the form. Toolbars may be created by Browser Helper Objects.
    Similar Pests:
    Browser Helper Object · Toolbar
    Origins
    Group:
    Altnet Inc.
    Date of Origin:
    June, 2003
    Distribution
    Prevalence:
    # TopSearch: 0.2% of all pest reports
    More Info
    Clot Factor:
    # TopSearch: On average, 8 objects detected in each machine

    The "Clot Factor" is a measure of how much a pest "gums up" a machine by adding registry entries, files, and directories. As more objects are placed in a machine, manual removal becomes more difficult and more error-prone.
    Growth:
    # TopSearch: Insufficient data to report growth
    Operation
    Storage Required:
    # TopSearch: at least 1341 KB
    Browser Performance:
    Likely to slow performance of Internet Explorer.

    Manual Removal:
    Follow these steps to remove TopSearch from your machine. Begin by backing up your registry and your system, and/or setting a Restore Point, to prevent trouble if you make a mistake.
    Stop Running Processes:
    Kill these running processes with Task Manager:
    points manager.exe
    programfilesdir+\grokster\rungrokster.exe


    Unregister DLLs:

    Unregister these DLLs with Regsvr32, then reboot:
    asmps.dll
    programfilesdir+\grokster\topsearch.dll
    programfilesdir+\kazaa lite\topsearch.dll
    programfilesdir+\kazaa\topsearch.dll
    sysdetect.dll

    Clean Registry:

    Remove these registry items (if present) with RegEdit:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser\{6ad2f325-2f86-473e-908f-9d4d30698a62}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\{6ad2f325-2f86-473e-908f-9d4d30698a62}

    Remove Files:

    Remove these files (if present) with Windows Explorer:
    asmps.dll
    c:\documents and settings\administrator\start menu\programs\startup\update grokster.lnk
    peer points manager.lnk
    points manager.exe
    points manager.exe.manifest
    points manager.exe-33e92ffa.pf
    programfilesdir+\altnet\points manager\localpages\altnet.css
    programfilesdir+\grokster\rungrokster.exe
    programfilesdir+\grokster\topsearch.dll
    programfilesdir+\kazaa lite\topsearch.dll
    programfilesdir+\kazaa\topsearch.dll
    sysdetect.dll

    Remove Directories:

    Remove these directories (if present) with Windows Explorer:
    profilepath+\start menu\programs\altnet
    programfilesdir+\altnet
    programfilesdir+\altnet\points manager\localpages
    programfilesdir+\altnet\points manager\skin
    systemroot+\temp\altnet
    _______________________________________

    Your suggestion of Step One would also work.

    DanH