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[SOLVED] Alexa

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by susanlprince, Apr 3, 2002.

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  1. susanlprince

    susanlprince Thread Starter

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    My puter is nice and clean since my recent reformat. I'm trying to keep it that way and have run the Adware program to lose the Spyware. I notice that some spyware called Alexa is attached to the registry and is pretty pesky. It keeps returning. Can you help me get rid of it! I figure it's an IE thing and I got it when I redownloaded v.6 of IE.

    -Sue
     
  2. Rick1953

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    Have you gotten the newest version of AdAware- 5.7? It's suppose to an improvement at getting rid of Alexa. Alexa might keep returning cause you got some program that everytime you use it rewrites Alexa into the registry.
     
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    IE, by default, drops a couple of keys in the registry related to Alexa. AND, AdAware keeps finding them.
    If there are not actual Alexa files found, then it is not installed. You can keep removing the keys, but they WILL return if you ever do a Repair on IE.
     
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    Started registry scan
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    Alexa key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\explorer bars\{30d02401-6a81-11d0-8274-00c04fd5ae38}\




    The above registry entry is what the Adware program logs. It is different from that which is listed at Warp2Search.

    Can I still safely delete it from the registry?

    Yes, I have installed Windows Updates consistently and reinstalled them all after my recent reformat.
     
  7. Rick1953

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    I wouldn't delete but rather use the backup feature in ADAware then if you need it you can restore it.
     
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    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">Questions, questions, questions...

    </font>HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\explorer bars\{30d02401-6a81-11d0-8274-00c04fd5ae38} <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">would be your Explorer Search Bar.

    I'm not exactly sure how Alexa works, how AdAware works, or how a Search works (behind the scenes), but did you conduct a Search on Alexa?

    I wonder - would a conducted Search end up in </font>HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\explorer bars\{30d02401-6a81-11d0-8274-00c04fd5ae38}\<font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">?

    I wonder - would a Search on Alexa, by mere mention of the name, show up in AdAware at </font>HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\explorer bars\{30d02401-6a81-11d0-8274-00c04fd5ae38}\<font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">?

    Or is this another place that Alexa hangs out - lately?
    I'm guessing that this is another place that Alexa hangs out, and it will be fine to delete it.</font>
     
  9. susanlprince

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    Alexa is not listed on the Explorer Search bar that I can see. I looked at all search engines listed and no Alexa.

    I ran Adware again and did not find the Alexa, but it will most likely reappear some other day. It's hiding out somewhere and i just don't understand what it is.

    I get obsessed.

    -Sue
     
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    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">Phew!
    I'm happy to see that I'm not the only obsessive soul on the planet. :)
    Things like this just drive me buggy! :D

    I didn't mean to say that Alexa would be listed on an Explorer Bar in plain sight.
    I think Alexa may have been lately embedded in the registry within the Search Bar area.

    I just briefly wondered if you clicked the Search button on the IE toolbar, and typed Alexa into the dialog box to Find a Web page containing: the word Alexa.
    That in itself would place the word Alexa into the registry somewhere, if you then clicked the Search button within the Search Bar.
    But I don't believe AdAware would bother with Alexa, the word.
    It's only interested in Alexa itself - not a Search on Alexa. ;)</font>
     
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    Go to Tools> Show related Links and click on it.
    This will open the left Frame and you will see that this is Powered by Alexa. It is used to give a list of ten sites similar to the one you are now visiting. If you never turn it on it is not gathering any information. This is not true Alexa Spyware, I do not believe. I am not sure whether or not it uses the information it gathers and sends it back "home" or not. But the Alexa name is there and it raises a flag.

    Here's its Rregistry Key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a}
     
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    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">I would, but I deleted my </font>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">registry key, a while back. :D

    forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=65659

    TonyKlein gave me his, which I downloaded, but never replaced.
    I wondered how long I could go before actually wanting or needing to use Show Related Links.
    Haven't wanted or needed it yet. :p</font>
     
  13. TonyKlein

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    The latest version of Ad-Aware did detect a second Alexa entry (The MS SearchBand one), which I do think may be a false positive.

    There's been a thread going about that one here

    Cheers,
     
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    Tony,
    I feel this is not just a false positive. I ran AdAware 5.7 for the first time just a few minutes ago. It's a mistake.

    They happen. the Search Bar is opened and utilized by Show Related links.

    SRL runs a script contained in C:\windows\web\related.htm

    Here is the script:


    //Build the query
    userURL=external.menuArguments.location.href;
    RelatedServiceURL="http://related.msn.com/related.asp?url=";

    //Perform simple check for Intranet URLs
    //this is where the http or https will be, as found by searching for :// but skip res:
    protocolIndex=userURL.indexOf("://",4);
    serverIndex=userURL.indexOf("/",protocolIndex + 3);
    urlresult=userURL.substring(0,serverIndex);

    //Check if Intranet URL - then open search bar

    if (urlresult.indexOf(".",0) < 1) userURL="Intranet URL";
    finalURL = RelatedServiceURL + encodeURIComponent(userURL);
    external.menuArguments.open(finalURL, "_search");



    Notice the bold print. I don't know if this is what they are finding or what. I put both on the ignore list. Alexa and the new one.
     
  15. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Mo,

    That confirms my suspicion.

    This latest version of Ad-Aware may be looking a little 'deeper' into the relations between the reg keys, causing it to detect this second item all of a sudden.

    I've let Ad-Aware remove the 'Extensions' entry, like I've been doing before, as i have no use for it anyway, but I told it to ignore this latest one.
     
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