How To Clean Huntbar - Privacy Violation


Huntbar - Privacy Violation: How To Clean

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Best Bet

You may have a spyware issue. Search , download, install and run Spybot (It's a free program) and let it search your drives (Click on the hourglass) and delete any spware items that show up. Additionally here's a way to check to see if you have the "Huntbar" installed. If you do remove it as it is spyware.

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Uninstall procedure
Uninstall HuntBar from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows Control Panel. Look for entries called 'MSIETS', 'Internet 404', 'Tools for Internet Explorer', 'Search Toolbar'. You can also uninstall it
manually.

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Adware.Huntbar From Symantec

Remove Winactive And Huntbar From Computer

Source 1

HuntBar and Search Toolbar Removal

Huntbar is a search engine directory page that sets itself as your home page. It also adds a search toolbar to IE, and sometimes will make your address bar disappear.

According to Huntbar's privacy policy it collects information this way:

HUNTBAR'S TOOLBAR SERVICE COLLECTS AND STORES INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB PAGES YOU VIEW, THE DATA YOU ENTER IN ONLINE FORMS AND SEARCH FIELDS, AND THE PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE ONLINE WHILE USING THE TOOLBAR SERVICE. ALTHOUGH HUNTBAR DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO ANALYZE WEB USAGE DATA TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF ANY HUNTBAR USER, SOME INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE TOOLBAR SERVICE IS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE. HUNTBAR AGGREGATES AND ANALYZES THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICE AND TO PREPARE REPORTS ABOUT AGGREGATE WEB USAGE AND SHOPPING HABITS.

If you are looking for information on removing WinTools (a Huntbar variant) click here

How Can I ghet Rid Of Huntbar or Search Toolbar

Basic Uninstallation

This software can be removed through the Add/Remove Programs menu in your Microsoft Windows control panel. To uninstall your Search Toolbar, please do the following:

Click on the Start button and select Settings and then Control Panel.

If you are running Microsoft XP, you can go directly to the Control Panel from the Microsoft Windows Start button.

When the Control panel window opens, double-click on the Add/Remove Programs Icon.

When the Add/Remove Programs Properties window opens, locate the program that you would like to uninstall.

The software may be listed as 'Internet 404', 'MSIETS' and/or 'Tools for Internet Explorer'.

Click once on the program to be uninstalled and then click on the Add/Remove button and follow the instructions.

If the instructions above do not help to remove the software, I would advise downloading and running SpyBot Search and Destroy to remove any other parts of Huntbar.

In some cases the registry entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\BTIEIN has been difficult, if not impossible to remove. In these instances change the user account to Administrator access and try to delete it or run SpyBot after changing to Administrator priviledges.

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Source 2

Privacy Violation

HuntBar/WinTools sends the URL of each new site visited to its controlling server to fetch a rating for it. A full URL including query parts is sent (which can leak personally-identifiable information), and a unique ID is sent, which can be used to track long-term web browsing habits.

HuntBar/TS sends the domain name of the site being viewed, the domain name of any site previously being viewed and the title and any keywords in the current page to its controlling servers whenever a new site is viewed. It does this even if the toolbar is not turned on.

HuntBar/Side, MSLink, BTLink, SToolbar and WinTools send URLs and search terms used to its controlling servers with a unique ID allowing your search engine usage to be tracked.

Security issues
Yes. HuntBar/TS, MSIn, BTIn and WinTools can silently download and execute arbitrary code, as an update feature.

Stability problems
HuntBar/BTLink and SToolbar seems to cause IE to crash often on some setups with an 'Exception E Access Violation'.

Removal
TrafficSyndicate offer two uninstaller files for HuntBar/TS, which have been reported not to work properly.

HuntBar/Side may put an entry called 'MSIETS' in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs option, which should remove this variant.

HuntBar/MSLink and HuntBar/BTLink have two entries in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs option, called 'Internet 404' and 'Tools for Internet Explorer'. Both entries (which also demand an internet connection to work) must be removed to get rid of these variants, but it will leave the files intact and still won't remove the MSIn or BTIn installer, which can reinstall the software automatically in the future.

HuntBar/SToolbar puts an entry called 'Search Toolbar' in Add/Remove Programs, which should work (though it requires an internet connection).

HuntBar/WinTools has an entry for 'Web Search Toolbar' along with two entries called 'Win-Tools Easy Installer', all of which need to be used to remove the software. Unfortunately one of the 'Easy Installer's refused to work at all during testing, and the other two uninstallers required internet connections, executable downloads, reboots, and multiple pleas to let the software carry on, with confusing action buttons.

Manual removal

WinTools variant
The WinTools variant cannot be removed in the normal desktop because each of the three processes, plus a BHO, keep each other alive when you try to stop them. So you will need to use Safe Mode.

To get to Safe Mode, press the F8 key just as Windows is about to boot. If you use a multiboot system, this is the point where the boot menu appears; if not, just keep tapping F8 as the machine boots until the menu appears.

Open the registry (click 'Start', choose 'Run', enter 'regedit') and find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion. Select the subkey 'Run' and delete the 'WinTools' entry on the right. If there is still a 'TB_setup' entry here, delete that too.

Next, select the subkey 'Explorer\Browser Helper Objects', delete the whole subkey with the name '{87766247-311C-43B4-8499-3D5FEC94A183}'. Finally, find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services and delete the WinToolsSvc subkey. Reboot normally.

All variants
Open a DOS command prompt window (from Start->Programs->Accessories), and enter the following commands. For HuntBar/TS:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Common Files\MSIETS\msiets.dll"
For HuntBar/Side and HuntBar/MSLink, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Common Files\MSIETS\msielink.dll"
For HuntBar/BTLink, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Common Files\BTLINK\btlink.dll"
For HuntBar/MSIn, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u msiein.dll
For HuntBar/BTIn, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u btiein.dll
For HuntBar/SToolbar, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Search Toolbar\SToolbar.dll"
For HuntBar/WinTools, enter:

cd "%WinDir%\System"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Common Files\WinTools\WToolsB.dll"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Common Files\WinTools\btiein.dll"
regsvr32 /u "\Program Files\Toolbar\toolbar.dll"
(Users of non-English verions of Windows will need to change 'Program Files' and 'Common Files' in the above commands to the name of the these folders in the language Windows was installed in.)

File deletion
Having done this you can reboot the machine and delete the HuntBar files. Open the 'Common Files' folder inside Program Files. For the TS, Side, MSLink variants, delete 'MSIETS'; for the BTLink variant delete 'BTLINK'; for the WinTools variant delete 'WinTools'.

Go back to the Program Files folder and delete 'Search Toolbar' (SToolbar variant) or 'Toolbar' (WinTools variant). Finally, open the System folder (inside the Windows folder, called 'System32' under Windows NT/2000/XP/2003) and delete 'msiein.dll' (MSIn variant) or 'btiein.dll' (BTIn variant).

Other traces
You can also open 'Downloaded Program Files' in the Windows folder and delete the entry '{8A05273A-2EA5-42DE-AA75-59EA7D9D50D7}', '{59450DB0-341D-4436-B380-B8377D8B6796}', '{D6E66235-7AA6-44ED-A06C-6F2033B1D993}' or '{26E8361F-BCE7-4F75-A347-98C88B418322}', if you received HuntBar through a drive-by download.

To clean up, you can also open the registry (click 'Start', choose 'Run', enter 'regedit') and delete any of the subkeys 'MSIETS', 'MSIEIN', 'MSLINK', 'BTIEIN', 'BTLINK', 'Search Toolbar' and 'WinTools' in the Software subkey of both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

For WinTools, you can also delete the keys inside HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID with numbers {26E8361F-BCE7-4F75-A347-98C88B418322} and {87067F04-DE4C-4688-BC3C-4FCF39D609E7}. Inside HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PROTOCOLS, the Name-Space Handler\res\WToolsB.ResProtocol key can also go. Next, open Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software, and delete the 'AUI' and 'STO' subkeys, and the 'TUID' entry.

Finally you may want to delete the shortcuts the HuntBar/Side and TS variants add to the desktop, start menu and favourites menu, and reset your search and home pages back to normal (Tools->Internet Options->Programs->Reset Web Settings).

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Source 3

Huntbar

Vendor
First Cash Reserve, LLC (TrafficSyndicate).

ninstall procedure
Uninstall HuntBar from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel. Look for entries called 'MSIETS', 'Internet 404', 'Tools for Internet Explorer', 'Search Toolbar'.

Manual removal

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove HuntBar manually. Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If HuntBar remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.

1. Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run. (The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)

2. Use the search function in the registry editor to find and delete all strings that match:
{0A5CF411-F0BF-4AF8-A2A4-8233F3109BED}
{0A68C5A2-64AE-4415-88A2-6542304A4745}
{6A85D97D-665D-4825-8341-9501AD9F56A3}
{850CD0B8-DA33-4558-A8C8-95D7908E37A7}
{8A05273A-2EA5-42DE-AA75-59EA7D9D50D7}
{A6250FB8-2206-499E-A7AA-E1EC437E71C0}
{D6DFF6D8-B94B-4720-B730-1C38C7065C3B}
{D6E66235-7AA6-44ED-A06C-6F2033B1D993}

3. Exit the registry editor.

3. Restart your computer.

4. Start Windows Explorer and delete:
%ProgramsDir%\Common Files\MSIETS\
%ProgramsDir%\Common Files\BTLINK\
%SystemDir\msiein.dll
%ProgramsDir%\Search Toolbar\SToolbar.dll

Note: %SystemDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\WINNT\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
Note: %ProgramsDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Program Files.
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