Hijacker . SearchCentrix.PQhelper (Summary)
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Hijacker . SearchCentrix.PQhelper (Summary)

Software Name: SearchCentrix.PQhelper
Company Name: SearchCentrix
Product Name: SearchCentrix.PQhelper
Classification: Hijacker
Website: http://www.premiumquesttoolbar.com

Brief:
Toolbar that hijacks browser search settings to searchcentrix.com. Also redirects DNS error pages to searchcentrix.com.

 

IMPORTANT!
Some of the Hijacker.SearchCentrix.PQhelper components are listed below. The list is compiled as a reference. The list might not be complete and it doesn't represent instructions for manual removal. We DO NOT recommend manual removal. Incorrect removal of certain software might make your computer unstable or even unusable.
Removal of adware component might affect the related ad-supported software.

If you suspect that you have an unwanted instance of SearchCentrix.PQhelper installed on your computer we recommend a free audit of your system with INAC Anti Spyware.

SearchCentrix.PQhelper might create following folders (and inject its files inside the folders):

  • %PROGRAM_FILES%\Dynamic Toolbar\PQHELPER

  • %PROGRAM_FILES%\Dynamic Toolbar\PQUEST

SearchCentrix.PQhelper might create following files (some of the files might be loaded in memory while the software is running):

  • %PROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\pqhelper.exe

  • %SYSTEM%\pqhelper.dll

  • %WINDOWS%\Downloaded Program Files\pquest.dll

SearchCentrix.PQhelper is often accompanied by the following tracking cookies:

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SearchCentrix.PQhelper might create following registry keys (and inject subkeys and values):

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinDirect_is1

  • HKEY_USERS\*\Software\Dynamic Toolbar\PQHELPER

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C6ED-FA79A585FA7D}

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pquest.PQUEST

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C6ED-FA79A585FA7D}

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C6ED-FA79A585FA7D}

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\*/pquest.dll*

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PQUEST

  • HKEY_USERS\*\Software\Dynamic Toolbar\PQUEST

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FB-EF60B19DA02A}

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\wzhelper.WZHELPER

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FB-EF60B19DA02A}

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FB-EF60B19DAB2D}

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pqhelper.PQHELPER

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FB-EF60B19DAB2D}

SearchCentrix.PQhelper might create following registry values:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar|{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C6ED-FA79A585FA7D}

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs|*\pquest.dll

SearchCentrix.PQhelper might create registry values with following data:

  • HKEY_USERS\*\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Search Bar|http://searchcentrix.com*

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search|SearchAssistant|http://searchcentrix.com*

SearchCentrix.PQhelper might insert following entries in the HOSTS file:

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