SearchFast Communicator Spyware Profile

SearchFast Communicator is a spyware program that is disguised as a toolbar browser add-on.  It was first discovered on September 6 of 2005.  It is distributed by SearchFast, Inc. through their website at www.searchfast.com.  That website is currently shut down.  It has to be manually downloaded or included in a bundle program to infect your computer.

SearchFast Communicator is a spyware program in that it updates itself without informing you.  This leaves you open to further infection by other spyware programs, adware programs, and possibly viruses and worms.

SearchFast Communicator’s other behavior includes browser hijacking and ad displays.  Whenever you mistype a URL in your browser box, it will redirect you to www.searchfast.com, or whatever URL is using this program.

SearchFast Communicator is an unnecessary drain on your computer’s resources.  It serves no useful purpose to you, and it can cause your computer to slow down and have less functional stability.

You should remove SearchFast Communicator with a trusted adware/spyware removal tool such as ZookaWare PC Cleaner.  There are other ways to remove this program, but ZookaWare PC Cleaner is consistently able to completely remove this threat.

Also Known As:
Communicator, SearchFast

Spyware Type: Toolbar, Browser Hijacker

Associated Files:
toolbarInstaller42[1].exe
srchupdt.exe
srchfstu.exe
stb.exe
preuninstallcom.exe
commsetup42.exe
toolbarinstaller42.exe
DC625A36-EF37-4F87-B8B3-C7F423D7763B
Srchfst.Band.1
Srchfst.Band
4AB7241E-0AF2-47AC-A771-0FDBB7343714
communicator.COMMUNICATORToggle Button
communicator.COMMUNICATORMenu Button
communicator.COMMUNICATOR
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-8DBC-A42EB79CB42A
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-8DBC-A42EB79CB429
searchfst
COMMUNICATOR TOOLBAR
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-8DBC-A42EB79CB428
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\000277A3-7D84-406a-9799-D12A81594693
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-8DBC-A42EB79CB428
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-8DBC-A42EB79CB428
000277A3-7D84-406a-9799-D12A81594693
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run\srchfstupdate

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