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Friday, May 20, 2005

EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 1.3.0!!!!!

or How to Remove SearchMiracle/EliteBar (Alt. 1, Rev. 2)

Giancarlo Calo, over at, is staying aggressive with his freeware EliteBar Removal Tool. Among the infections it claims to remove "every trace" of are the following. The items highlighted in red are linked to Virtual Grub Streets's "How to Remove/Detailed Information" pages:

EliteBar; EliteToolbar; EliteSidebar; BargainBuddy; Browser
Aid; CashToolbar; FreshBar; GameSpy; MoneyTree; Nail.exe; NaviSearch; navpsrvc.exe (also known as: W32/Forbot-EF, worm); SearchMeUp; SideStep; Spybot - Randex; SupportSoft; SurfSideKick; Win32.RBot; Winmon.exe (also known as: W32/Agobot-KA, trojan); and WinMoviePlugIn.

The "How to Remove" detail pages for SearchMiracle/EliteBar consist of the articles regularly posted at VGS. The file information for EliteBar is located on the Adware & Malware Indentifier Index itself. Further detail pages will be added on a continuing basis.

Simply Tech's description of the reason why SearchMiracle/EliteBar is so difficult to remove verifies the information in the various Virtual Grub Street articles over the past several months:

Actually some software like Spybot v.1.3, CWShredder v.2.12, Noadware,Adaware v.6, SpyNuker 2004 and SBC Yahoo! Anti-spy have no success in deleting this very frustrating malware. These programs find and delete it, but it keeps coming back since this new variant is very difficult to remove from the
operating system.

The main problem is that the malware creates a lot of registry entries and executes at PC startup, winding itself into RAM and deletes its own *.exe from the C:\Windows\System32 directory.

When ordinary tools try to remove it, they only clean the registry calls, the C:\Windows\EliteToolbar directory and the cabinets files where it originated from, but they don't take any action against the malware itself that is currently running in RAM and waiting for the PC OS to be shut down only to repeat the infestation once again!
This would seem to be a trick that the newer malware/adware products are widely copying. Perhaps this is the reason that the EliteBar Removal Tool has added so many porducts to the list of infections it removes. It is certainly the reason that most HijackThis and manual removal instructions direct the user to do main and downloader file deletions while in Safe Mode.

Also see:

[re: SearchMiracle.EliteBar Search Miracle Elite Bar EliteToolBar Elite Toolbar Elite Tool Bar Elitum ETBrun YupSearch Yup Search.]

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