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Danger level 8
Type: Adware

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant is NOT your friend, and should NOT be trusted. The latest in dubious programs is this adware application, Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant.

It should be noted that Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant, was designed to deliver a variety of advertisements, affiliated with the adware, so as to ensure the optimal advertising of the products associated with Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant.

According to a few sources, Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant has been found to perform the following functions:

• Downloads/requests other files from Internet.
• Creates a startup registry entry.
• Registers a 32-bit in-process server DLL.
• Registers a Browser Helper Object (Microsoft\'s Internet Explorer plug-in module).
• Contains characteristics of an identified security risk

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant will load up with Internet Explorer, as a Browser Helper Object (BHO). In other words: Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant is a dynamic link library (DLL) that tends to run as soon as Internet Explorer is started.

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant is usually installed covertly onto an unsuspecting computer system, so as to ensure the secretive gathering of information from the infected computer to a remote controller.

There are a few symptoms affiliated with an Adware infection, which are usually tell-tale signs of an infection:

1. PC is working slowly
2. New desktop shortcuts are displayed on the system
3. Annoying pop-up messages (in some cases) keep appearing on the PC
4. E-mails are being sent from your email address without your consent.

However, that said, the best way to ensure whether your system has been infected is to perform a full computer system scan with a legitimate anti-spyware application.

The fact that Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant can easily enter any PC system via security exploits and flaws, most times without the user’s interaction, means that it is that much easier for Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant to enter a system and ensure the system’s security is immensely compromised.

Although manual removal may be the best way to delete this parasite, and all its affiliates, the manual removal process is rather complicated and cumbersome, and should not be attempted by a computer novice, as one needs to be able to navigate their way around the registry files of the infected system.

I would recommend that in order to avoid any unneeded risks of damage to your computer system, make use of a reliable and legitimate anti-spyware application, so as to remove Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant and all its components from the infected computer system.

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How to manually remove Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant

Files associated with Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant infection:

OEAddOn.exe
zango.exe
SBUSA.exe
ZangoSA.exe
seekmosahook.dll
zangosahook.dll
hotbarsahook.dll
HostIE.dll
SeekmoSA.exe
zanu.exe
zango.exe
SBUSA.exe
ZangoSA.exe
salm.exe
OEAddOn.exe
hotbarsahook.dll
SeekmoSA.exe
zanu.exe
zangosahook.dll
HostIE.dll

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant DLL's to remove:

zangosahook.dll
hotbarsahook.dll
seekmosahook.dll
zangosahook.dll
hotbarsahook.dll
HostIE.dll
HostIE.dll

Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant processes to kill:

SeekmoSA.exe
SeekmoSA.exe
zanu.exe
zango.exe
SBUSA.exe
ZangoSA.exe
salm.exe
OEAddOn.exe
ZangoSA.exe
zango.exe
SBUSA.exe
zanu.exe
OEAddOn.exe

Remove Adware.ZangoSearchAssistant registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN ZangoOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUNsalm
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN SpamBlockerUtilityOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN HotbarOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN ZangoSA
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN SBUSA
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN SeekmoOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUNzanu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN SeekmoSA
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\ ZangoOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\salm
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\ HotbarOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\ SpamBlockerUtilityOE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\
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