IETray

Description

IETray is a search sidebar hijacker pointed at search-aide.com, implemented as an Internet Explorer Browser Helper object.

When other search engines are used, it occasionally opens a pop-up alert window encouraging one to use the (now hijacked) search sidebar instead. (“For faster web searches press F9”)

Distribution

It is currently unknown where IETray comes from.

What it does

Advertising

No.

Privacy violation

No.

Security issues

No.

Stability problems

No.

Removal

Open a DOS command prompt window (from Start->Programs->Accessories), and enter the following commands:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u IEMsg.dll

Next, open the registry (click ‘Start’, choose ‘Run’, enter ‘regedit’) and find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Delete the entry ‘CSRSS’ pointing at ‘csrss.exe’. You can also open the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt and delete the entries ‘&Define’ and ‘&Search the Web’.

Restart the computer and you should be able to delete the file ‘csrss.exe’ from the Windows folder, and ‘IEMsg.dll’ from the System folder (which is inside the Windows folder, called ‘System32’ on Windows NT/2000/XP). You can also delete ‘ERS_DEF.HTM’ and ‘ERS_SRC.HTM’ from the Web folder (insid the Windows folder).