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Search Extender/Download Accelerator problems on WinXP

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by syc0path, Jun 17, 2005.

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    My brother's laptop is a Toshiba w/ a 2.8GHz P4 and 512MB RAM running WinXp. I installed an old version of Download Accelerator Plus and it seemed to be working fine. Then he started complaining that he couldn't download files from websites or P2P programs -- it just gives an error that DAP couldn't be loaded. So I checked it out and his computer got infected w/ Search Extender and Home Shopping Assistant. I found instructions online and spent most of the day yesterday cleaning it up, and I'm pretty sure that I got rid of Search Extender and HSA. But I was still having the same problems w/ DAP. Apparently he uninstalled DAP, so I reinstalled it and noticed the GUI was different. It was also hijacking the browser -- in the past, I could always turn it on and off when I wanted, control what filetypes it downloads, etc. But now it's activated any time I tried to download anything. It also asked me if I wanted to update it, which it never did in the past. So I think he updated it and the newer version is much more of a malware program than the old version was.

    So I found instructions here:here to remove DAP. They're pretty long and involve a lot of regedit. I cleaned everything up according to the instructions, and while I was in there, I noticed that were some remaining Search Extender entries that contained DAP entries. So that got me thinking... is it possible that Search Extender/HSA hijacked DAP and changed it?

    After I followed all the instructions, I tried it and I still get the same result -- it says DAP can't be loaded. So I went beyond what the instructions said and removed anything from the registry that looked like it was from DAP. Didn't make any difference. I ran Hijack This but I didn't see anything that was related to DAP. Is it possible that DAP has integrated into the browsers so that it tries to be activated when I download something? I should also note that I could download stuff when I reinstalled DAP, but obviously I don't wanna leave it on the computer. Any suggestions?
     
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    ttt... anybody?
     
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    nobody knows how to get rid of DAP?
     
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