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What is WebSpades?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WebSpades is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" alter your startpage or searchscopes so that the effected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is affected by WebSpades?

You may see this warning:

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And you may see these toolbars/add-ons:

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or this entry in your list of installed programs:

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How did WebSpades get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove WebSpades?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application.

  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of WebSpades?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes WebSpades completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the WebSpades hijacker. It would have warned you before the browser helper object could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O2 - BHO: WebSpades - {5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40} - C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesbho.dllO23 - Service: Update WebSpades - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\WebSpades\updateWebSpades.exe
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\WebSpades       Adds the file 7za.exe"="3/25/2014 1:54 AM, 536064 bytes, A       Adds the file updateWebSpades.exe"="3/25/2014 11:12 PM, 348960 bytes, A       Adds the file updateWebSpades.InstallState"="4/15/2014 12:43 PM, 5012 bytes, A       Adds the file WebSpades.FirstRun.exe"="3/25/2014 11:13 PM, 1123616 bytes, A       Adds the file WebSpades.ico"="3/25/2014 11:12 PM, 1150 bytes, A       Adds the file WebSpadesBHO.dll"="3/25/2014 11:12 PM, 249632 bytes, A       Adds the file WebSpadesUninstall.exe"="4/15/2014 12:44 PM, 241506 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\joxsq3f5.default\extensions       Adds the file {2635ac50-5488-40bf-9bfd-accb158f8f3f}.xpi"="3/25/2014 11:12 PM, 9143 bytes, ARegistry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1AA60054-57D9-4F99-9A55-D0FBFBE7ECD3}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "456CEBA7-5378-4945-AFF3-369264B2DDF0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C24BFE86-1471-416E-B1B9-38D8F0157C96"       "id"="REG_SZ", "183"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "WebSpades"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}\InprocServer32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesbho.dll"       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}\Programmable]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{26c67489-d15d-4c39-9d38-db3c33fcf199}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}\Version]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{92E43F88-F1A5-442E-94C3-F35E01D075ED}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IWebSpadesBHO"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{92E43F88-F1A5-442E-94C3-F35E01D075ED}\ProxyStubClsid]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{92E43F88-F1A5-442E-94C3-F35E01D075ED}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{92E43F88-F1A5-442E-94C3-F35E01D075ED}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{26C67489-D15D-4C39-9D38-DB3C33FCF199}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{26C67489-D15D-4C39-9D38-DB3C33FCF199}\1.0]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "WebSpadesIEClientLib"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{26C67489-D15D-4C39-9D38-DB3C33FCF199}\1.0\0\win32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesbho.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{26C67489-D15D-4C39-9D38-DB3C33FCF199}\1.0\FLAGS]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{26C67489-D15D-4C39-9D38-DB3C33FCF199}\1.0\HELPDIR]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateWebSpades_RASAPI32]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateWebSpades_RASMANCS]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\WebSpades_RASAPI32]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\WebSpades_RASMANCS]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "WebSpades"       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WebSpades]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpades.ico"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "WebSpades"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2014.03.25.220221"       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 2211       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:support@webspades.info"       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades"       "InstallTime"="REG_SZ", "2014-04-15 12:43:49"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "WebSpades"       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesuninstall.exe /S"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesuninstall.exe"       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://webspades.info/support"       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://webspades.info"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WebSpades\Chrome]       "sgc"="REG_SZ", "true"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WebSpades\Firefox]       "sff"="REG_SZ", "false"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WebSpades\Internet Explorer]       "sie"="REG_SZ", "false"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\eventlog\Application\Update WebSpades]       "EventMessageFile"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\EventLogMessages.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Update WebSpades]       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Update WebSpades"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, ......................       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\Program Files\WebSpades\updateWebSpades.exe""       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions]       "{5FB66911-2787-49CF-8F96-265E34893E40}"="REG_BINARY, ............    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WebSpades]       "id"="REG_SZ", "2014-04-15 12:43:49"       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_WebSpades"       "is"="REG_SZ", "def_WebSpades"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WebSpades\Chrome]       "ug"="REG_SZ", "91D38371-AFDC-4AAC-9D59-DD433FFAA482"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WebSpades\Firefox]       "ug"="REG_SZ", "E3014F0A-E830-446B-82EF-4EDE22FE5C43"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WebSpades\Internet Explorer]       "ug"="REG_SZ", "54F23355-E5E7-4199-8FA5-FD74F7E946F1"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 4/15/2014Scan Time: 12:53:31 PMLogfile: mbamWebSpades.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.00.1.1004Malware Database: v2014.04.15.05Rootkit Database: v2014.03.27.01License: TrialMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledChameleon: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 210732Time Elapsed: 3 min, 3 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledShuriken: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\updateWebSpades.exe, 2400, Delete-on-Reboot, [e5bc1d0d0f6c1e18f3d43f2da06146ba]Modules: 1PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesBHO.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], Registry Keys: 12PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\Update WebSpades, Quarantined, [e5bc1d0d0f6c1e18f3d43f2da06146ba], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{5fb66911-2787-49cf-8f96-265e34893e40}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{26c67489-d15d-4c39-9d38-db3c33fcf199}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{92E43F88-F1A5-442E-94C3-F35E01D075ED}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{5FB66911-2787-49CF-8F96-265E34893E40}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{5FB66911-2787-49CF-8F96-265E34893E40}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{5FB66911-2787-49CF-8F96-265E34893E40}, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{5FB66911-2787-49CF-8F96-265E34893E40}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [bfe2af7bdba003330d722c1d23df41bf], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\WebSpades, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WebSpades, Quarantined, [90119a90f6851d19d0e2e97ee51de21e], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\WebSpades, Quarantined, [a6fbc5658af1c1759e13afb835cdec14], Registry Values: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 1PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades, Delete-on-Reboot, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], Files: 9PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\updateWebSpades.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [e5bc1d0d0f6c1e18f3d43f2da06146ba], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesBHO.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [e3becf5ba7d43204279f6903e31ed927], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Webspades (Superweb).exe, Quarantined, [bfe268c222593afcc9fd115be120ca36], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\joxsq3f5.default\extensions\{2635ac50-5488-40bf-9bfd-accb158f8f3f}.xpi, Quarantined, [7b26e545f28959dd9518452210f2ca36], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpades.ico, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\7za.exe, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\updateWebSpades.InstallState, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpades.FirstRun.exe, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], PUP.Optional.WebSpades.A, C:\Program Files\WebSpades\WebSpadesUninstall.exe, Quarantined, [8a179397483373c3feb25017709251af], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

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