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Theifinder.com

Posted: September 30, 2011

Theifinder.com is a fake search engine website with a bare bones interface that sells itself as a 'WEB finder' with relevant and helpful search results. However, Theifinder.com isn't able to provide real search results the way that genuine search engines would do and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have also found that Theifinder.com has strong connections to phishing attacks and browser hijackers. Avoid Theifinder.com's links and even visiting the website itself whenever possible, since contact with Theifinder.com can cause you to become the next victim of browser hijacks that redirect you to Theifinder.com over and over again. You can delete Theifinder.com browser hijackers and other Theifinder.com-affiliated infections by using appropriate anti-malware tools (such as anti-virus scanners); removing Theifinder.com browser hijackers by trying to change your web browser, however, is not a proper response.

Theifinder.com and the Risks That Hide Beneath Its Fake Search Results

Although Theifinder.com isn't directly related to other types of fake search engine sites that have been spreading browser hijackers recently (such as 2dayoftheweek.com, Seeearch.com, Partner12.mydomainadvisor.com/search.php or 50searchengines.com), Theifinder.com does use the same strategies of these websites. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that most Theifinder.com visitors only encounter Theifinder.com after they've been attacked by a Theifinder.com browser hijacker, which, as a variant of the Google Redirect Virus , will redirect your browser to Theifinder.com whenever you try to use another search engine.

Other dangers that are related to Theifinder.com contact include:

  • Being attacked by dropper Trojans, viruses or other forms of infections by visiting Theifinder.com, even if you avoid using Theifinder.com's questionable search features. Disabling scripts, such as JavaScript and Flash, can help to reduce (but not eliminate) the possibility of such drive-by-download attacks.
  • Being exposed to malicious websites, particularly phishing sites. Theifinder.com has a confirmed history of trafficking with phishing sites and may attempt to steal personal information, including account login data, passwords and identification credentials.
  • Exposure to malicious pop-ups that fake infection alerts, pretend to scan your PC or pretend to announce a prize-winning contest scenario.

Finding Your Way Out of Theifinder.com's Search Sabotage

Although Theifinder.com browser hijackers will redirect you to Theifinder.com on a regular basis and may even block your ability to visit safe websites, Theifinder.com infections can be removed simply by following standard procedures for removing malicious software. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you reboot into Safe Mode, install any required updates for your anti-malware software and scan your PC.

Opening your browser while you're trying to remove a Theifinder.com browser hijacker isn't recommended, since this may trigger the browser hijacker and allow it to avoid complete deletion. If you think that you've already fallen victim to a browser hijacker and given your private information away in a phishing atttack, you should take steps to change the relevant account passwords and other private information to prevent any possible break-in attacks by remote criminals.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Theifinder.com may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:



%WINDOWS%\system\BCBSMP35.BPL File name: %WINDOWS%\system\BCBSMP35.BPL
Mime Type: unknown/BPL
%WINDOWS%\system32\sstray.exe File name: %WINDOWS%\system32\sstray.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\mazuki.dll File name: %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\mazuki.dll
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr0.dat File name: %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr0.dat
File type: Data file
Mime Type: unknown/dat
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr1.dat File name: %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr1.dat
File type: Data file
Mime Type: unknown/dat

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "sstray.exe"