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Type: Adware
Created By: Asher Nahmias
Danger Level: 2
Category Description: Program that delivers advertisements on your PC.

Note that many websites have their own advertising, unrelated to adware.

Adware is any software application in which advertising is displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen and sometimes through text links or in integrated search results. Adware may or may not track personal information. It may also gather information anonymously or in aggregate only. Users should check the EULA and Privacy policy to ensure if the adware on their machines conforms to their standards.
Official Description: An Internet Explorer toolbar implemented as an HTML file, which may offer a search feature pointed at a generic portal
Information URL: http://www.tinybar.com
Manual Removal: The toolbar is implemented as a page 'tinybar.html' or 'hb.html' inside the Windows System (or System32 in Windows NT/2000/XP) folder. Delete this file along with the registry file 'br.reg', 'br.dll' or 'hb.reg'.

To stop IE trying to load the page as a toolbar, open the registry (Start->Run->regedit) and delete the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{69550BE2-9A78-11d2-BA91-00600827878D}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{69550BE2-9A78-11d2-BA91-00600827878D}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\>>> Search The Web <<<
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\ITBarLayout
(In some variants of TinyBar, the classid starts with '69555BE2-...' instead of '69550BE2-...'.)

Finally use Internet Options->Programs->Reset Web Settings to remove its search page.

Hijacker removal
Before the settings can be restored you must remove the hijacker that is run on every restart. In the registry (Start->Run->regedit), find the key:

and remove any entries of the form 'regedit /s C:\Windows\System\sp.dll'. Then delete sp.dll (or sp.reg) in the System folder. Then use Reset Web Settings to get the normal search page back.

Denial of Service removal
Open the Windows folder and check the 'System' (on Windows 95/98/Me) or 'System32' (on Windows NT/2K/XP) folder for a file called 'atk.vbs'. If you have it, open the registry (Start->Run->regedit) and find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. There should be a value here, possibly called 'Messenger', pointing at the atk.vbs file. Remove it and restart the machine; you should then be able to delete the atk.vbs file.

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