- 13 February 2007
- Risk Impact:
- File Names:
- Systems Affected:
Adware.LookNSearch is an Internet Explorer browser plug-in that downloads programs and advertisements.
Antivirus Protection Dates
- Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
- Latest Rapid Release version 01 February 2015 revision 020
- Initial Daily Certified version 12 May 2004
- Latest Daily Certified version 26 January 2015 revision 023
- Initial Weekly Certified release date 12 May 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When Adware.LookNSearch is executed, it performs the following actions:
- Drops the following .dll files in %System% and %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer:
- %System% is a variable. The adware locates the System folder and copies itself to that location. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
- %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the path to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
- It adds the entry
to the registry key
so that it runs when you start Windows.
- May make outgoing HTTP connections to download software or advertisements.
The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
- Update the definitions.
- Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.LookNSearch.
- Delete the value that was added to the registry.
1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.
2. To scan for and delete the files
- Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
- If any files are detected as Adware.LookNSearch, click Delete.
Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.
3. To delete the value from the registry
WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
- Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
- Type regedit
Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)
- Navigate to the key:
- In the right pane, delete the value:
- Exit the Registry Editor.