ZY Web Search Homepage Hijacker
Removal Instructions and Help

What is ZY Web Search?
ZY Web Search is a website search engine with lots of search results for things like debt consolidation, refinancing, casinos, and more related searches generally seen in spam emails. Most searches appear to be affiliate links that make the owner of the site money through clickthroughs.  It takes over as your start page and might be a variant of the CoolWebSearch homepage hijacker as well.

How do I Remove ZY Web Search.com?

Follow the steps below to remove the ZY Web Search variant that points your web browser to


These steps can also be used to help remove the following homepages as well, although the steps below contain the db105.com example:


1) Open My Computer and choose Tools, then click on Folder Options, click on the View tab and under Advanced Setting, choose Show Hidden Files and Folders, then click on OK and close My Computer. In Windows XP/2000, you may also want to uncheck the options for "Hide extensions for known file types" and "hide protected operating system files".

2) Reboot in Safe Mode

3) Using HijackThis, remove or fix the following lines. Follow this link for a tutorial on HijackThis

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = http://db105.com:81/cgi-bin/index.cgi?c=0

** NOTE: The above URL may also show as "searchmeup.cc"

O2 - BHO: BHO - {06CAD548-14DD-4fa3-9EA9-05F83C18CBD7} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSPXS32.DLL

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Win32 Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\explorer32.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Win32 Explorer] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\explorer32.exe

O15 - Trusted Zone: *.db105.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.windupdates.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.searchmiracle.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.skoobidoo.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.my-internet.info
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.mt-download.com

** Note: You may want to delete any other trusted zones as well.

4) Delete the infected files.

Click Start, point to Find or Search, and then click Files or Folders.
Make sure that "Look in" is set to (C:\WINDOWS).

In the "Named" or "Search for..." box, type the following filenames, search for and delete them.

explorer32.exe (in the Windows/System folder)
MSPXS32.DLL (in the Windows/System folder)

5) Reset your homepage to whatever you like

* Close all Internet Explorer windows.
* Open Control Panel. Click Start>Settings>Control Panel.
* Double-click the Internet Options icon.
* In the Internet Properties window, click the General tab and enter in the homepage URL you want
* Under the "Temporary Internet Files" section click on Delete Files, then check the box for "delete all offline content" and Click Ok. Once the Temporary Internet Files have been deleted (it may take a few minutes), Click OK and close Internet Options and then close the Control Panel.

6) Reboot your computer and check your homepage

7) Please report back the results to me, if it didnt solve the problem, send me a current hijackthis log so I can examine it and improve these instructions.

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