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Windows 7: Smart Engine


12 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Smart Engine

A friend has innocently downloaded Smart Engine a rogue anti spyware

and it has done bad things to her computer. She did a system restore and the computer Windows 7 is back to normal as far as we know. However, we have searched for Smart Engine on her computer through "Program Files" and "Computer/Program files and can`t find it to remove. Could you help please to find where it is?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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12 Nov 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Here ya go...

Quote:
Automatic removal instructions for Smart Engine

1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.
1.1 Restart your computer.
1.2 After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.
1.3 Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.
1.4 Select “Safe mode with networking” and press Enter.

2. Reset Internet Explorer proxy settings.
2.1 Run Internet Explorer.
2.2 Click Tools -> Internet Options.
2.3 Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button.
2.4 Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box.
2.5 Click OK and click OK again.

3. Remove Smart Engine and associated malware.
3.1 Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware or SuperAntispyware.
3.2 Install it.
3.3 Perform a full scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
3.4 Remove what it found.
3.5 Reboot your computer.

4. Reset HOSTS file
4.1 Download OTM by OldTimer from here.
4.2 Run OTM, paste the following text in “Paste Instructions for Items to be Moved” box:
:Commands
[resethosts]
4.3 Click the red Moveit! button. Close OTM.

If you need a help with the instructions, ask a question in the Spyware removal forum.

Associated Smart Engine files and registry keys:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\da2933\SMda2_2121.exe
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine\cookies.sqlite
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine\Instructions.ini
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Smart Engine.lnk

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run | Smart Engine
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download | RunInvalidSignatures = “1″
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”

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12 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 
Smart engine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Here ya go...

Quote:
Automatic removal instructions for Smart Engine

1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.
1.1 Restart your computer.
1.2 After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.
1.3 Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.
1.4 Select “Safe mode with networking” and press Enter.

2. Reset Internet Explorer proxy settings.
2.1 Run Internet Explorer.
2.2 Click Tools -> Internet Options.
2.3 Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button.
2.4 Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box.
2.5 Click OK and click OK again.

3. Remove Smart Engine and associated malware.
3.1 Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware or SuperAntispyware.
3.2 Install it.
3.3 Perform a full scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
3.4 Remove what it found.
3.5 Reboot your computer.

4. Reset HOSTS file
4.1 Download OTM by OldTimer from here.
4.2 Run OTM, paste the following text in “Paste Instructions for Items to be Moved” box:
:Commands
[resethosts]
4.3 Click the red Moveit! button. Close OTM.

If you need a help with the instructions, ask a question in the Spyware removal forum.

Associated Smart Engine files and registry keys:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\da2933\SMda2_2121.exe
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine\cookies.sqlite
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Engine\Instructions.ini
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Engine.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Smart Engine.lnk

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run | Smart Engine
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download | RunInvalidSignatures = “1″
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes | URL = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=1002&q={searchTerms}”
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Thank You for your extensive reply. However, my friend lives quite a long distance away from me and also she is not technically minded so it would be difficult to explain to her over the phone. I told her to download Internet Security and it found Smart Engine and deleted it. So, hopefully that will get rid of this thing.
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12 Nov 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Hi jameson, send her this link Remove Smart Engine (Uninstall Guide)

If she can't get through this by herself, then tell her to register at Bleeping Computers here. It's completely free with no hidden strings attached.
And post her problem in the Malware forum
Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs - BleepingComputer.com
One of our Malware Response Team members will guide her through the removal.
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13 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 
Smart Engine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Hi jameson, send her this link Remove Smart Engine (Uninstall Guide)

If she can't get through this by herself, then tell her to register at Bleeping Computers here. It's completely free with no hidden strings attached.
And post her problem in the Malware forum
Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs - BleepingComputer.com
One of our Malware Response Team members will guide her through the removal.
I sent her that link and when she tried to run StopZilla it shut down her computer

.
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14 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, jameson.

I suggest you emphasize to her the importance of following the exact instructions in the provided link and not go off on her own.
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14 Nov 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

She doesn't want or need StopZilla!

She needs to read the instructions and follow them carefully.
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14 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 
Smart Engine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
She doesn't want or need StopZilla!

She needs to read the instructions and follow them carefully.
You could be right there but i tried it on my Windows XP and after saving it i clicked on run and found later that the volume on my computer was gone, so i had to system restore to get it back. She doesn`t want or need StopZilla???
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14 Nov 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Are you saying that you ran StopZilla on your XP, and it caused you to lose the sound?
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14 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 
Smart Engine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Are you saying that you ran StopZilla on your XP, and it caused you to lose the sound?
Yes that`s what i said.
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