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Bearshare taking over Firefox keywords.URL

Postby ruggie » Tue 18 Jan 2011 19:05 GMT

When hunting for music files to use as video background, I made the mistake of installing bearshare (a P2P music filesharing app). I've uninstalled it, but I can't prevent it from re-specifying bearshare as the service for guessing URLs, defined in Firefox about:config as the preference 'keywords.URL'. Each time I edit this to reset it to the Google service used as Firefox default, it gets redefined as bearshare.

Is this likely to be something left hanging around in the Windows registry?
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Postby Dave » Wed 19 Jan 2011 01:11 GMT

Sounds more than likely, Ruggie. From a very quick search it sounds as if you need to do a spyware sweep. :-(
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Postby ruggie » Wed 19 Jan 2011 13:01 GMT

I have malware monitoring running, but it may be worth running a second opinion. I have never actually downloaded anything from bearshare, so I think all I'm suffering from is their own rather persistent adware.
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Postby Dave » Wed 19 Jan 2011 13:27 GMT

Presumably you've not shared anything either - in which case, it sounds as if you could well be right. Let's hope so!
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Postby Trev » Wed 19 Jan 2011 18:00 GMT

You might find this useful.

There appear to be a considerable number of registry deletes required!

CCleaner might be better.
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Postby ruggie » Wed 19 Jan 2011 20:34 GMT

Dirty tricks again. straight after the end of then article, which mentions CCleaner, is a download button. Clicking it starts download of yet another P2P prog...

Ran Spybot, which found and removed several ad servers attached to Firefox, including a porn one. Dunno how that got there, honest, and it hasn't actually fed me any porn ads - unless you count some of the dating popunders which seem to be triggered by meteo France...

Guess I'll try doing a careful regedit now.
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Postby ruggie » Wed 19 Jan 2011 20:43 GMT

None of the stuff in that list is in my registry.
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Postby Trev » Thu 20 Jan 2011 16:15 GMT

Didn't see the link to filehippo, however below is link to

CNet.com download for CCleaner

http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/
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