Intro: The Elite Toolbar Remover was created by an Italian male named Gian Carlo Calo who is very careful to keep his personal information off of the web. Calo would seem to be one of several Italians who have formed the company Simply Tech. The company offers the freeware Elite Toolbar Remover as well as freeware encryption programs. Paypal donations are requested on a discrete location at the bottom of the page.
Latest Version. SimplyTech's new Elite Toolbar Remover has just announced another update (to Version 2.1.2) that removes SearchMiracle.EliteBar [a.k.a. YupSearch (see YupSearch Addendum), Elite Toolbar, Elitum, ETBrun, LQ, etc.] even without putting the computer in Safe Mode.
vs. PokaPoka. The site JayLoden.com, however, recently reports (Oct 14, 2005 01:20AM) that the tool is presently unable to remove variants of PokaPoka above pokapoka75:
"There is a new version of the ETRemover from SimplyTech out, so if you're experiencing problems with EliteBar and/or PokaPoka I suggest you try that. I gave it a go on the most current pokapoka variant I could get (pokapoka76) and it didn't remove it at the time of writing. However, I will be sending the author of ETRemover a dump file of pokapoka76.exe and hopefully he will be able to update ETRemover."
vs. EliteBar.d. As VGS reported, on May 22, the Elite Toolbar Remover can not remove adw_elitebar.d. This variant utilizes entirely random files names. The variant is not common.
Removes other malware. Calo claims that the tool can remove the following other infections, as well: 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); WinMoviePlugIn; and InternetExplorer Plugin. Limited searching on these claims indicates that the tool does in fact remove these adware/malware items.
EliteBar fights back. The creators of SearchMiracle.EliteBar have specifically attempted to develope new variants to target the Elite Toolbar Remover (a fine recommendation of Calo's skills). Newer versions of the Remover have involved features and instructions in order to overcome these counterattacks:
The variants in circulation [since] the end of January 2005... do a cache detect of the words: "EliteToolbarRemoverV10.zip" which was the old name of our previous version 1.0.
If you are trying to download it from a mirror site you will receive the following error:
''Cannot copy file, Cannot read from file source or disk''
This is not a message from your operating system, but a stupid message from the malware that is actually running in your PC.
The new variants of the malware also completely conceal the presence of the EliteToolbarRemoverV10.exe, so that if you are opening the archive you can only see the readme.doc file that is attached to that and you cannot see the *.exe even though it is [actually] there! After all, these are very clever programmers, aren't they?
Anyway, it is [certain] that these people will also blacklist the new name of the zip we are using now, so if this occurs... we suggest you to download the software to another PC and [put] it on a diskette or a USB pendrive and run it on the infected PC in Safe Mode, as usual.
It is not clear whether or not these instructions are continue to apply to the newer versions of the tool. The instructions regarding running the tool in Safe Mode are not supposed to be necessary as of Version 2.1.2.
Special Offer. For those who find the 2.x.x. series does not work for them, SimplyTech is also continuing to download a 1.3.2 version from here:
In the words of Giancarlo Calo: "[W]e have decided to take the old v.1.3.x and fill it with the latest malware definitions, so we can now offer the v.1.3.2 that is more stable but is and remain a discontinued Beta product.It will no longer be supported, however, nor does SimplyTech have any specific plans to update its definitions in the future."
VGS on the Remover. The successive updates of the ETR can be followed by reading the following articles previously posted in the pages of Virtual Grub Street:
- EliteBar Removal tool updates to 2.0.1. The EliteBar Removal Tool now comes in two flavors and two generations!
- EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 2.0.0!!!!!or How to Remove SearchMiracle/EliteBar (Alt. 1, Rev. 3)
- EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 1.3.0!!!!!or How to Remove SearchMiracle/EliteBar (Alt. 1, Rev. 2)
- EliteBar Removal Tool Alert: Update V.1.2.2.!!!or How to Remove SearchMiracle/EliteBar (Alt. 1, Rev. 1)
- How to Remove SearchMiracle/ EliteBar(Alt. 1).
Latest Version. Version 2.1.2 of the Elite ToolBar Remover can be downloaded from the following locations:
Previous Versions. Previous versions of the Elite Toolbar Remover can be downloaded from the following locations:
- Version 2.0.1 for people who don't get "RunTime Error 5" messages: http://www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/ETRemover_V201.zip
- BETA Version 2.0.1 for people who get "RunTime Error 5" messages. http://www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/ETRemover_v201_Beta.zip
- Version 1.2.2: www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/ETRemover_V122.zip
- Version 1.2.1: www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/ETRemover_V121.zip
Special Case Software. When downloading the Elite Toolbar Remover, the user may get an message indicating that she or he needs to install the following files: Msinet.ocx or Comctl32.ocx. Should this be the case, it will be necessary to download one of the following auxiliary files:
- EliteToolbar Remover Setup Kit: http://www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/setup.zip
- or the DLLs.zip: http://www.simplytech.it/ETRemover/DLLs.zip. For this option, the user must also register the ocx's it via Regsvr32. Instructions are included in the ReadMe.txt that is downloaded with the file.
Calo recommends using the "Setup Kit" over the "DLL.zip" option.
Other VGS Freeware/Trialware Information Pages:
- Elite Toolbar Remover;
- Ewido Security Suite;
- Pocket KillBox;
- SpyBot S&D;
(Captured first place in the 2006 Enterprise Security category of Datamation's Product of the Year awards.).
- Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands? Who needs malware when there's Wikipedia? (VGS Alert).
- PokaPoka.exe + Nothing = YupSearch (October 19, 2005). What do people mean when they say they have "YupSearch" instead of "EliteBar"?
- LQfix Information Page (October 15, 2005) There's a new tool in town!
- How to Remove PokaPoka. (October 12, 2005) Does your EliteBar variant include PokaPoka.exe?
- EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 2.0.1. (September 21, 2005) The EliteBar Removal Tool now comes in two flavors and two generations!
- SearchMiracle.EliteBar Then and Now (September 21, 2005). Hijacks, heroes, updates and links.
- EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 2.0.0!!!!! (September 15, 2005). Includes expanded list of infections removed by the removal tool.
- More on Variant ADW_ELITEBAR.D. (May 27, 2005). "It is a standard XP with two top-end commercial anti-virus programs. Moreover, one of the anti-virus programs -- Trend Micro's PC-Cillin -- we already know..."
- Diabolical new EliteBar variant Strikes the Web!!!!or the one the EliteBar Removal Tool can't remove (May 22, 2005).
- EliteBar Removal Tool Updates to 1.3.0!!!!! (May 20, 2005). Includes expanded list of infections removed by the removal tool.
- Key File Index (May 18, 2005).
- Adware & Malware Identifier Index (May 9, 2005). "The following is an in-progress index of some of the more common malware toolbars/browser helper objects at large on the Internet."
- Is Google Associated with a SearchMiracle Knock-Off? (April 27, 2005). "A question begs the asking: How does NetNucleus generate revenue from its Mirar Toolbar search directory if it enters search terms in the Google Search Engine?"
- HijackThis vs. the Elitebar Removal Tool (April 23, 2005). "While this approach may provide some limited, and temporary, relief, SearchMiracle will soon be back in full force."
- EliteBar Removal Tool Alert: Update V.1.2.2.!!! (April 18, 2005). "The new variants of the malware also completely conceal the presence of the EliteToolbarRemoverV10.exe, so that if you are opening the archive you can only see the readme.doc file that is attached to that and you cannot see the *.exe even if though it is really there!"
- HijackThis vs. SearchMiracle/EliteBar (April 11, 2005).
- How to Remove SearchMiracle/ EliteBar (February 27, 2005).
- Online Bibliography (Regularly updated) A bibliography of Gilbert Wesley Purdy's work on the Web and elsewhere including computer topics.
[re: SearchMiracle.EliteBar Search Miracle Elite Bar EliteToolBar Elite Toolbar Elite Tool Bar Elitum ETBrun YupSearch Yup Search.]