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XMLSearchEnhancer - Spyware?
hobbnet




msg:1228550
 12:17 am on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

So, I got spyware on my computer today that seems to be powered by XMLSearchEnhancer.

What it does is hijack the last 4 free listings on google and serves up FindWhat listings. They are formatted to look just like Google listings as well.

I am not sure how I got this spyware and out of the three anti spyware programs I have used none of them get rid of the problem and I when I search for XMLSearchEnhancer I have found no one with similar experiences from this company.

I am curious if anyone else here has had experience with these guys and if Findwhat knows that this is going on.

 

foozhitao




msg:1228551
 12:31 am on Dec 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

I wish I could be of more help but I'm confident that Findwhat knows all about it and are happy to get more paid click throughs. Good luck with the bug

hobbnet




msg:1228552
 1:33 am on Dec 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well the worst of it is when you click on one of the fake google results it routes you through the spyware system and you get a

"Page Cannot Be Found"

And I wouldn't be suprised if people's findwhat accounts are being depleted for these clicks.

Dave_T




msg:1228553
 3:57 pm on Jan 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm having the same exact problem..
for competitive search terms, result # 5-10 are being hijaked by xmlsearchenhacer... anybody know how to fix this?
Thanks

RoadRash




msg:1228554
 11:17 am on Jan 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anyupdate to this? I have had this "enhancer" screwing up my Google SERPS for the last two weeks... Cant get it off! :(

Dave_T




msg:1228555
 1:09 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

No... not yet.

I've been trying to look for an answer, no luck yet. I emailed google also :(

FinditQuick




msg:1228556
 6:16 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have the same problem.....Help

justageek




msg:1228557
 8:40 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm pretty sure these are the same folks mentioned here. There are two links to try that may get rid of it.

h**p://www.spywareguide.com/spydet_572_istbar.html

JAG

Dave_T




msg:1228558
 4:47 am on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I found something here:

[groups.google.com...]

hobbnet




msg:1228559
 10:23 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sorry I never replied to this thread earlier but I actually found a way to fix it a while back.

I ended up downloading a program called HijackThis.exe

It allowed me to view all BHOs and get rid of the bad ones. Problem solved! ;)

RoadRash




msg:1228560
 1:58 am on Jan 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys!

I hate BHO's :(

RoadRash




msg:1228561
 2:14 am on Jan 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Does anyone know the name of the DLL file this BHO is associated with?

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