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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Anyupdate to this? I have had this "enhancer" screwing up my Google SERPS for the last two weeks... Cant get it off! :(
1:09 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No... not yet.

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

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

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I have the same problem.....Help
8:40 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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

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

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I found something here:

[groups.google.com...]

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

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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! ;)

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

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Thanks guys!

I hate BHO's :(

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

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

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