SearchNugget Spyware Profile

SearchNugget is a spyware program disguised as a toolbar add-on for your browser.  It was first discovered on June 1 of 2005.  It is distributed by Acez Software LLC and is powered by the web server, searchnugget.com.

SearchNugget is installed on your computer either manually or as part of an ad-supported freeware bundle.  It hijacks your browser.  It resets your home page to its website at searchnugget.com, and redirects all your searches to its website.

Some versions also have spyware data mining capabilities.  That is, they can search through your browsing history and monitor your browsing so they can collect data to send to their server to make their advertising more user-specific.  They do this by keystroke logging and collecting information of the websites you visit.

The activity of SearchNugget can seriously slow down your computer’s performance.  It can also potentially cause your Internet browser to crash.  It also presents a potential privacy risk.  Any supposed benefits it promises–in this case, browsing convenience and pop-up blocking (both redundant)–are not worth compromising your computer and your privacy.

If you are infected with SearchNugget, you should remove it immediately with ZookaWare PC Cleaner.

Also Known As:
Adware.SearchNugget, Adware.Win32.SearchNugget, SearchNugget Toolbar, Adware-NuggetSearch.dr (McAfee)

Spyware Type: Toolbar, Browser Hijacker, Data Miner

Associated Files:
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_search.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_screensaver.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_popup_on.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_home.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_fun.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_friend.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarUninstall.exe
C:Program FilesSearchNugget Toolbar 1.0searchToolbar.exe
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_popup_off.bmp
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachebtn_highlight.bmp
C:WINDOWSDownloaded Program Filessbar.dll
C:Program FilesSbar ToolbarCachesbartb0300.cfg
Searchnugget.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Start Page” = “[http://]www.searchnugget.com/”
HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Start Page” = “[http://]www.searchnugget.com/”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B80-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}”(Default)” = “SBARMenu Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B80-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}InProcServer32″(Default)” = “%Windir%DOWNLO~1sbar.dll”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B80-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}InProcServer32″ThreadingModel” = “Apartment”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARMenu Button”(Default)” = “SBARMenu Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARMenu ButtonClsid”(Default)” = “{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}ProgID”(Default)” = “sbar.SBARMenu Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}”(Default)” = “SBARToggle Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}InprocServer32″(Default)” = “C:WINDOWSDOWNLO~1sbar.dll”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}InprocServer32″ThreadingModel” = “Apartment”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARToggle Button”(Default)” = “SBARToggle Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARToggle ButtonClsid”(Default)” = “{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}ProgID”(Default)” = “sbar.SBARToggle Button”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}”(Default)” = “SearchNugget Toolbar”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}InprocServer32″(Default)” = “C:WINDOWSDOWNLO~1sbar.dll”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}InprocServer32″ThreadingModel” = “Apartment”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBAR”(Default)” = “SBAR”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARClsid”(Default)” = “{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}ProgID”(Default)” = “sbar.SBAR”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar”{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}” = “02”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSbar Toolbar “CfgID” = “0”
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSbar Toolbar “clientID” = “main”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSBAR “DisplayName” = “SearchNugget Toolbar”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSBAR “UninstallString” = “%Program Files%Sbar ToolbarUninstall.exe”

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