Searchplugins folder appeared on desktop

June 14, 2012 at 14:19:28
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel Core2 Duo 4500 / 2 GB RAM
I've just managed to get rid of the Babylon toolbar which took over IE8, but at the same time as Babylon first appeared, a 'searchplugins' folder appeared on my desktop. If you delete it, it just comes back next time you open IE. The only reference I've found to the folder when searching Google is that it's part of Firefox. However, I've never had Firefox on this PC. Any ideas please on how to get rid of it?

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#1
June 14, 2012 at 16:16:54
You could look in msconfig Startup to see if it's listed there. If so you could untick it, which will at least prevent it appearing. [Type msconfig in Run box].

Otherwise it is probably a registry entry. Unless you have a fair idea about registries it would probably not be right to send you there, because mistakes can be dangerous.

Have you tried MalwareBytes freebie? That might find and fix it.

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#2
June 20, 2012 at 15:38:40
There's nothing listed in startup. I've run Spybot, Malwarebytes & SuperAntiSpyware in Safe Mode, but the only one to show up anything relevant was Spybot. 2 registry entries showed up for Babylon Toolbar, which I tell it to fix, but they always reappear if I run the scan again.
The searchplugins folder is still reappearing everytime I open IE8.

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#3
June 20, 2012 at 16:03:21
I assume Babylon is not showing in your IE search box on the right, also that there is nothing in IE add-ons ("All Add-ons" dropdown).

Have you done a file search for "babylon"?

I gather that sometimes Babylon has a root kit. You could try TDSSKiller from here:
http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?q...

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#4
June 23, 2012 at 14:37:00
Babylon is not showing in IE search box or Add-ons, or in a file search. Just the 2 registry entries that keep re-appearing in Spybot scans.
TDSSKiller didn't find anything, & neither did Unhackme when monitoring start up.

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#5
June 23, 2012 at 15:02:06
Seems to me that the only way is to delete the registry entries. Sometimes they are locked (which is probably why SpyBot can't remove them). There are ways around that too, however, as I said before, its not a place I like to suggest folk go to unless they are familiar with that area. Unfortunately I don't know what they will look like so I can't give step by step instructions. SpyBot should give the locations of-course.

So unless you are prepared to risk the above complications I'm out of ideas. You might prefer to live with the annoyance and hope you eventually stumble across some neater fix.

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#6
June 24, 2012 at 02:13:39
Ok, I'll just put up with it for now. Thanks for your help.

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#7
July 3, 2012 at 02:27:09
I have exactly the same problem... any news about it or is your advice still to live with it?

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#8
July 3, 2012 at 03:28:50
Denise

Unless you want to risk fiddling around in the registry it seems.
Keep Googling tho, someone might invent a file you can download to fix it.


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#9
July 12, 2012 at 22:57:43
The same problem.
The searchplugins folder appear in many places on my computer.
I dont know when and by what is created.
Let me know if you have the same problem and how can be solved.

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#10
July 15, 2012 at 13:42:00
I HAVE THE SOLUTION!
DO you have a service name "bProtect.exe" running? Go into SafeMode and go into
C:\ProgramData\bProtector for Windows
And delete that folder.

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#11
July 23, 2012 at 16:38:52
I may have a solution to this problem. I'll know for sure if it works here shortly, but I just Disabled and Removed Google Chrome's "FastestChrome" extension after remembering that it started adding those forsaken "searchplugins" folders around the same time I added the FastestChrome extension. It doesn't seem to be adding "search (#)" downloads to my download list anymore aswell, which seemed to be one of the symptoms of this annoyance. It seems to have thus far worked for me so if it doesn't work for you then I send my deepest regards to you and your families. May your PC's rest in peace.

Good Luck, and Good Riddance


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#12
July 30, 2012 at 11:42:09
Finally cured the pesky little fooker. I found that I had something called Sidekick located @ C:/programdata/sidekick that contained something called pup.bprotector identified but not removed by SuperAntiSpyWare. I removed the registry entry and the actual folder in Programs Data in "Safe Mode". So far no reoccurring SearchPlugins Folders. Taken me awhile figure this out grr. Hope this helps.

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#13
August 2, 2012 at 11:05:11
SOLUTION

I also had the searchplugin it was very hard to remove but I found the way how, also thanks to EDW.. THX

My OS is XP and running Internet Explorer 8.
I haven’t installed anything like Firefox and Mozilla at all!!
Run\Search : I couldn’t find anything in my pc like Babylon and bprotect
BUT I did find a directory and file sidekick manager.
Solution: goto save mode than >Run/Regedit: (registry) search for sidekick and delete everything you can find of sidekick.(there was 1 file sidekick that wouldn’t delete, seemed no problem) During the search I found out that I did have a directory of mozilla and firefox.. Delete them too!
I also noticed a directory and file of Babylon and bprotect, also Deleted!
Restarted the pc and the searchplugin directory never popped up anywere anymore.

Nothing of the below virus/spam killers I runned solved the problem.
They didn’t find anything.
Virus scanners: Norton and AVG
Spamkillers: Cccleaner, Anti Malware bytes, Super Anti Spyware,
windows security essentials, windows defender

Hope my info helpes out


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#14
August 2, 2012 at 12:43:57
I have the same problem. There is no name to the folder accept under it, "searchplugin". This folder is empty and as well as finding on the desktop after IE8 is closed, I have found it in many folders thru-out the pc using the windows search all folders and files on the c: drive. At this point I would delete all of them. And after two days of scans by many anti virus programs, now the search for folders option can no longer find the folders even when I am looking at it on the desktop. It has progressed to "unfindable" and even opening other folders on the pc, this "searchplugin" folder pops up in there right in front of my eyes.
I found that "bprotector" was detected by Malwarebytes with no checkmark. Have to put check mark in manually. Using microsoft scan software, I found this bprotector as an "Applnit" and deleteing it, it returns constantly, and traceing it I found it's certificates to be "Performersoft Llc as the maker of bprotector. Which means "Browser Protector". When I get into this folder to delete the protector.dll file, it can not be removed. I found this program to be the casue of my "searchplugin" folders.
I went to the Performersoft.com website to see if they were legit. Seems they are, so I looked at the products and found they have a uninstall.exe to remove "bprotector". Since the PC was still infected with this searchplugin applnit, I took a chance. Some other person solved this by reinstalling the Perrformesoft software and useing Revo uninstaller to get rid of it completely, leaveing nothing behind. I did not know which software program was on this pc so I just went for the uninstall.exe software. And it worked. Bprotector was completely removed and the searchplugins have not turned up again.
This PC did have the Babylon Toolbar as well. There were a lot of viruses on it but all have been erradicated. Over 7 programs were used to clean this PC. But this bprotector was the hardest to remove. May have not been a virus, but may have been malfuntioning due to all the viruses and what damage they left in their wake.
Anyway, problem solved......FINALLY!!!!!
Hope this post will work for others.
Steve B.

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#15
August 19, 2012 at 23:47:19
Hi,raptor77, thank u for your directions; I run the 'regedit' search on 'sidekick' and found lots rubishs including 'firforx, zonila,etc. and deleted all of them; then it still not working, and I searched again for ' firefox' and found it and deleted it. now nothing come up anymore. It anoyed me long time and tried many options, all of them didn't work except the one metioned above.

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#16
August 22, 2012 at 13:23:35
hi,

iam also having the same problem of searchplugins.what ever the folder i open that folder is coming.its coming back ,even i delete it.
iam having bprotector in my c:/programdata/bprotectorforwindows and c:/programdata/babylon.
IS these are creating pbm.If so ,any problem for windows if i delete them.

thanks,
maggie


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#17
September 2, 2012 at 16:52:53
how do i go into safemode?

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#18
September 2, 2012 at 17:09:49
Re #17

Tap F8 key while the computer is booting up. You should then see a screen with the Safe Mode options. "Eventually" you will get a big and crude version of your desktop with the words "safe mode" at each corner.

From there you can do most of the basic things.

For the future, just use Google for general information like this - you should find it straight away.

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#19
September 5, 2012 at 21:11:25
Thanks for everyone for the reply....
N here's the soln i found out

1. First time searchplugin folder appeared after i installed veoh player pluglin to chrome(req'd by videogirmit website) .
2. I also started having problems with facebook(had to refresh very page, clicking would no longer work)
3. SO I uninstalled VEOH player, accelarator n pluglin and uninstalled chrome, restarted my PC after which searchplugin seized to exit. :)
4. IM USING IE9. WORKING LIKE A DREAM... :)


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#20
September 6, 2012 at 06:09:50
RE #19
Thanks for feedback.

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#21
September 8, 2012 at 22:24:45
Finally I have found the solution more quickly and effectively.
locate the folder "bprotector" which is responsible of creating all the time these folders called "searchplugins" but did not find it so I wrote to run regedit and gave each folder right click and put search and wrote "bprotector" so I started looking at the 5 folders: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG.
Delete the folder all folders "bprotector" after I closed everything and restart and go I never see the folders "searchplugins" I hope they serve.

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#22
November 11, 2012 at 13:39:01
I found a solution to this problem. Download "SpyHunter 4" It will remove all your viruses just by one scan. Search it on Google.com, and download the software.

The software caught over 1,000 viruses on my computers that include Cookies, Adware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, and hundreds more!


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#23
January 6, 2013 at 03:49:33
I just searched for "Sidekick" in Data/Programs and deleted everything related.
No need to go into safe mode.
Thanks for the help

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#24
January 6, 2013 at 03:58:56
Download AdwCleaner from this link:
AdwCleaner from this link:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
AdwCleaner Usage Instructions:
Using AdwCleaner is very simple. Simply download the program and run it. You will then be presented with a screen that contains a Search and Delete button. The Search button will cause AdwCleaner to search your computer for unwanted programs and then display a log showing the various files, folders, and registry entries used by these programs.
To delete these unwanted programs simply click on the Delete button, which will cause AdwCleaner to reboot your computer and remove the files and registry entries associated with the various adware that you are removing. On reboot, AdwCleaner will display a log showing the files, folders, and registry entries that were removed.

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