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Spyware.TAFbar

Spyware.TAFbar

Updated:
13 February 2007
Version:
1.1.1
Publisher:
Visicom Media/focalex
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
taf.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


The TAF Toolbar is an Internet Explorer Search Bar and pop-up blocker. It maintains a user profile and logs information such as keyword query, time of day, browser type, default language setting, IP address, and anonymous unique IDs. It also logs a code that identifies the distribution source of the application used to conduct your search.

The logged information is saved on the TAF servers and is used for commercial search word placement and word search counts for payment to TAF by search affiliates. The bar is redistributed by other sites, such as voonda.com.

Symptoms


One or more files is detected as Spyware.TAFbar.

Behavior


Typically installed by an ActiveX downloader.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 01 February 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 18 November 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 23 November 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Spyware.TAFbar runs, it does the following:
  1. Creates the following file:

    taf.dll (detected as Spyware.TAF, likely to be in %SYSTEM%)

    Note: %System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

  2. Creates the following registry keys:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Dynamic Toolbar\TAF
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\taf.TAF
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Close all open Internet Explorerwindows.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. To close all open Internet Explorer windows
Because the TAFbar functions as a Microsoft Internet Explorer plugin, it is necessary to close all open Internet Explorer windows to remove it. If you are reading this writeup in Internet Explorer, print this writeup using our printer-friendly option at the top of the page, or write down the following instructions, and then close all Internet Explorer windows.



3. To delete the value from the registry

Important:
Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.

  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to and delete the following keys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Dynamic Toolbar\TAF
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\taf.TAF
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-D4FF-EB2CF4D5FA7D}

  4. Exit the Registry Editor.

4. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware.TAFbar and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support Security Risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports Security Risk detection, and Security Risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the threat so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the threat for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the threat that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer.