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Danger level 7
Type: Adware


180Solutions.SearchAssistant is a software application known for tracking Internet use, and is therefore regarded as a form of adware.

180Solutions.SearchAssistant is able to access entry to computers through browser security holes.

Typically, 180Solutions.SearchAssistant comes bundled with additional advertiser supported programs, adware or spyware, accordingly, putting a strain on the Internet bandwidth associated with the infected computer.
180Solutions.SearchAssistant, along with most adware and spyware programs, can lead to a disruption in the processing of the computer as well as a diminished capacity for Internet browsing.

Also known as: 180solutions.SearchAssistant, 180solutions.Search Assistant, Adware.180Solutions.SearchAssistant, 180solutions.SearchAssistant Spyware, 180 Search Assistant, 180-Search-Assistant, 180Search Assistant, 180 Search Assistant Adware, 180 Search Assistant Spyware, 180 Search Assistant Virus, 180 Search Assistant Websearch, this program tracks the computer user’s browsing habits, and then continues with sending of the information on the pages visited to its server.

The remote server to which 180solutions.SearchAssistant communicates and is affiliated with then transmits advertisements specific to the web page categories visited by the system user, in an attempt to market the products of 180Solutions.SearchAssistant’s affiliates.

Being a form of Adware is software, 180Solutions.SearchAssistant was designed to promote advertisements. While adware is not always malicious, it can track a user’s Internet activity and send this and other personal information from the infected computer to various affiliated advertisers. When advertisers get this information, the user may indeed be a target for pop-up/pop-under advertisements, web browser toolbars, and of course - spam.

In order to remove 180solutions.SearchAssistant manually, one should follow the steps provided below:

• Click start.
• Click on settings.
• Click control panel.
• Double click the “add/remove programs” icon in the control panel window.
• Search for the 180solutions.SearchAssistant program in the list of entries.
• Click on the phrase, 180solutions.SearchAssistant to highlight or select it.
• Click on the button that will remove it, either “add/remove” or change/remove.
• Follow the prompts that are given to remove 180solutions.SearchAssistant.
• Next, you will need to reboot your computer.
• Open the add/remove programs icon and check to see if 180solutions.SearchAssistant has been removed from the list of programs.

According to a few sources, 180Solutions.SearchAssistant 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

What 180Solutions.SearchAssistant will do is load up with Internet Explorer, as a Bowser Helper Object (BHO). This means that 180Solutions.SearchAssistant is a dynamic link library (DLL) that tends to run as soon as Internet Explorer is started. BHO’s are 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.

It is important to note that there are a few ways in which this application could have entered into a system, namely:

- The user’s operating system and Web browser security setting are too flexible and relaxed
- The user does not follow safe Internet and PC practices.

The fact that 180Solutions.SearchAssistant 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 180Solutions.SearchAssistant to enter the system and ensure the system’s security is immensely compromised.

The best way to deal with the threat of 180Solutions.SearchAssistant is to simply remove it from the affected PC system.

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, it is highly recommended to make use of a reliable and legitimate anti-spyware application, so as to remove 180Solutions.SearchAssistant and all its components from the infected computer system.

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How to manually remove 180Solutions.SearchAssistant

Files associated with 180Solutions.SearchAssistant infection:


180Solutions.SearchAssistant DLL's to remove:


Remove 180Solutions.SearchAssistant registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{76855122-5BED-4909-B30B-881909E9FE74}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{76855122-5BED-4909-B30B-881909E9FE74}

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