SearchAssist is a software usually installed without your knowledge with the download of freeware. In fact some sites use the method of repackaging. This is an operation that is to redo the module software installation by adding download options. These options allow to add other software as for example toolbars browser, or potentially unwanted software. The addition of these new programs can decrease the performance of the system but also slow or redirect internet surfing. As a general rule, should focus on the author’s official site to download your software.
Identified : 03/03/2015.

0_Features

– It belongs to a family of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).
– A polluteware is a software that pollutes storage and/or the Base of registers.
– An Adware is a program that adds other programs without the knowledge of the user.
– Vendor : PUP.Optional

0_Main_Actions

– It installs a plugin of the browser Google Chrome (G2),
– It installs a program of extension for browser Mozilla Firefox (M2),
– It installs a plugin of the browser Mozilla Firefox (P2),
– It changes the start page of the browser Mozilla Firefox (M0),
– It changes the start page of the browser Internet Explorer (R0),
– It changes the browser Internet Explorer search page (R1),
– It is installed as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) of internet browser (O2),
– It installs as a process launched at startup of the system (RP),
– It settled in the Base of registers to be launched each time with the system (O4),
– It starts a task planned in automatic (O39),
– It installs as a program (O42),
– It creates to many registry keys ‘Software’,
– It creates additional folders (O43),
– It moved to the Windows prefetcher folder (O45),
– It changes the Internet research provider (O69),

0_Zhpdiag

M0 – MFSP: prefs.js

[Coolman – c87k1in3.default] http://www.SearchAssist.net
R0 – HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.SearchAssist.net
R0 – HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.SearchAssist.net
R1 – HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.searchassist.net
R1 – HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.searchassist.net
R1 – HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs,Tabs = http://www.searchassist.net
P2 – MFPP: Plugins – [Coolman] — C:\Users\Coolman\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\c87k1in3.default\searchplugins\searchassist.xml
O2 – BHO: SearchAssist – {8DDAC7C3-2592-4D84-A7A7-AA7865E53875} . (…) — C:\Program Files\SearchAssist\ie\adxloader.dll[MD5.BD16EF395EF3404234D6DBE874E1ABD7] [APT] [SACheck] (…) — C:\Program Files\SearchAssist\sa.exe [330568] [MD5.BD16EF395EF3404234D6DBE874E1ABD7] [APT] [SAUpdate] (…) — C:\Program Files\SearchAssist\sa.exe [330568] O42 – Logiciel: SearchAssist – (.SecureDownload Ltd.) [HKLM] — SearchAssist_is1[HKLM\Software\SecureDownload] O43 – CFD: 14/03/2015 – 03:39:40 – [] —-D C:\Program Files\SearchAssist
O69 – SBI: SearchScopes [HKCU] {BA1BE292-1D15-488B-934D-008742212380} [DefaultScope] – (Search) – http://www.SearchAssist.net

0_Alias

Browser.Hijacker
PUP.SecureDownload.Task [Reason Core Security]

Remove_Software

– Remove software in Windows Configuration Panel,
0_ZHPcleaner
Remove with ZHPcleaner
ZHPCleaner_EN2
0_Zhpdiag
Diagnose with ZHPDiag
ZHPDiag_2-300x220

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