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What is Swift Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Swift Search is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Swift Search?

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

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and these warnings during install:

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This is the kind of popups you may see:

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How did Swift Search get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

How do I remove Swift Search?

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

  • 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. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Swift Search?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Swift Search 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 Swift Search adware. �It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:

O23 - Service: Swift Search 1.10.0.14 Client Service (swsesvc_1.10.0.14) - Swift Search - C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe
You may see these signs in FRST logs:

 (Swift Search) C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe R2 swsesvc_1.10.0.14; C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe [279120 2015-04-10] (Swift Search) R1 swsenfd_1_10_0_14; C:\Windows\System32\drivers\swsenfd_1_10_0_14.sys [52728 2015-04-10] (Swift Search) () C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14 (Swift Search) C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\swsenfd_1_10_0_14.sysSwift Search 1.10.0.14 (HKLM\...\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14) (Version: 1.10.0.14 - Swift Search)
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14       Adds the file terms-of-service.rtf"="3/24/2015 5:41 PM, 24313 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="4/10/2015 10:00 PM, 314480 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses       Adds the file buildcrx-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 7074 bytes, A       Adds the file Info-ZIP-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 2944 bytes, A       Adds the file JSON-simple-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 11558 bytes, A       Adds the file nsJSON-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 809 bytes, A       Adds the file Nustache-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 1079 bytes, A       Adds the file TaskScheduler-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 0 bytes, A       Adds the file UAC-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 956 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service       Adds the file swsesvc.exe"="4/10/2015 10:00 PM, 279120 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers       Adds the file swsenfd_1_10_0_14.sys"="4/10/2015 10:00 PM, 52728 bytes, ARegistry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Uninstall.exe"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Swift Search 1.10.0.14"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.10.0.14"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Swift Search"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Uninstall.exe"       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.swiftsearchapp.com"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14]       "cr-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "cr-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "cr-ver"="REG_SZ", "42.0.2311.90"       "dbsr"="REG_SZ", "iexplore"       "features"="REG_SZ", "0x01000000"       "ff-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "ff-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "ff-ver"="REG_SZ", "25.0 (en-US)"       "hid"="REG_SZ", "99B84D34-775B-F8F2-2E33-C48517F1E2F6"       "ie-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "ie-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "ie-ver"="REG_SZ", "11.0.9600.17728"       "iid"="REG_SZ", "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"       "itm"="REG_SZ", "2015-04-21T17:42:00Z"       "nf-at"="REG_SZ", "8FCDADC0-2E2C-D6DD-237C-666E1597434E"       "nf-pid"="REG_SZ", "6150AFCC-830A-4ACD-A6CC-7677FEEF0EC4"       "nid"="REG_SZ", "8D41449E-BF91-4FFA-A606-498E2B5BF005"       "osn"="REG_SZ", "Windows 7 Ultimate N"       "ost"="REG_SZ", "x32"       "osv"="REG_SZ", "6.1.7601"       "user_sid"="REG_SZ", "S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001"       "ver"="REG_SZ", "1.10.0.14"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swsenfd_1_10_0_14]       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "swsenfd_1_10_0_14"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Group"="REG_SZ", "PNP_TDI"       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "system32\drivers\swsenfd_1_10_0_14.sys"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Tag"="REG_DWORD", 10       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swsenfd_1_10_0_14\Enum]       "0"="REG_SZ", "Root\LEGACY_SWSENFD_1_10_0_14\0000"       "Count"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NextInstance"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swsesvc_1.10.0.14]       "Description"="REG_SZ", "This service enables Swift Search 1.10.0.14 on HTTP websites"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Swift Search 1.10.0.14 Client Service"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe""       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 4/21/2015Scan Time: 7:51:41 PMLogfile: mbamSwiftSearch.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.01.0.1004Malware Database: v2015.04.21.05Rootkit Database: v2015.04.20.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 286222Time Elapsed: 4 min, 3 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe, 4032, Delete-on-Reboot, [cc6d6c03eb9fae88a34a37079571cd33]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 31PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\swsesvc_1.10.0.14, Quarantined, [cc6d6c03eb9fae88a34a37079571cd33], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\swsenfd_1_10_0_14, Quarantined, [3ffaa3ccfc8e1521a746ff3fcf371fe1], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14, Quarantined, [f445204f95f562d43cb1b787c640946c], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14, Quarantined, [be7bf67987033bfbe4ab0b4b8a7bcd33], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdate.OneClickProcessLauncherMachine, Quarantined, [f544e788157583b32343e86da85ded13], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdate.OneClickProcessLauncherMachine.1.0, Quarantined, [d861d897573381b5da8cf85d2fd637c9], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoCreateAsync, Quarantined, [60d9155a1179aa8cb4b37cd934d1867a], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoCreateAsync.1.0, Quarantined, [f6434c23e5a580b606619db84cb9c43c], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoreClass, Quarantined, [d069e887e9a155e196d11d380cf940c0], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoreClass.1, Quarantined, [60d927486e1cd165cc9b85d0b45109f7], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoreMachineClass, Quarantined, [122739362169df5746217adbc144e51b], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CoreMachineClass.1, Quarantined, [300976f9464457df4225d77e9d68a759], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CredentialDialogMachine, Quarantined, [a19882edbad00e281156d1848c792bd5], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.CredentialDialogMachine.1.0, Quarantined, [083198d79dedc6701e49fe57f3125ca4], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassMachine, Quarantined, [8dac76f91a709a9c85e24c0906ffdb25], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassMachine.1.0, Quarantined, [d267e58a761448ee9fc8ed687293b848], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassMachineFallback, Quarantined, [cb6e610ea9e146f087e0fa5ba362b947], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassMachineFallback.1.0, Quarantined, [82b7d59aeb9fde584423b99cf90c23dd], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassSvc, Quarantined, [70c94728d6b4c274fc6bbf96eb1a59a7], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassSvc.1.0, Quarantined, [ef4a2748e4a641f58cdbcc891ee7e917], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.ProcessLauncher, Quarantined, [6ccda0cf8208b1856403262fb74e18e8], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.ProcessLauncher.1.0, Quarantined, [b3868ce3e7a38ea8f96ea9ac749122de], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3COMClassService, Quarantined, [c772ee81bad0c76f8fd8411452b316ea], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3COMClassService.1.0, Quarantined, [2e0bea85f496270fb8af4114f312e31d], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebMachine, Quarantined, [c079551a1d6d9a9c145378ddf80d2ed2], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebMachine.1.0, Quarantined, [73c63d32deac77bfb6b1bc99b5504cb4], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebMachineFallback, Quarantined, [f74284eb5a3093a361063e177194b44c], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebMachineFallback.1.0, Quarantined, [91a890dff298ea4c41266fe6b5506799], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebSvc, Quarantined, [6acf640be6a415214720ee678d7801ff], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\globalUpdateUpdate.Update3WebSvc.1.0, Quarantined, [390090dfed9d58de69fe0c49798c956b], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATE\PROXY, Quarantined, [9f9ae28dff8bd4623a9b239f25de56aa], Registry Values: 2PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATEDEV|AuCheckPeriodMs, 21600000, Quarantined, [79c0fe71b5d5f145bb81982a7093e51b]PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATE\PROXY|source, IE, Quarantined, [9f9ae28dff8bd4623a9b239f25de56aa]Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 3PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14, Delete-on-Reboot, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service, Delete-on-Reboot, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], Files: 17PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Service\swsesvc.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [cc6d6c03eb9fae88a34a37079571cd33], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\swsenfd_1_10_0_14.sys, Quarantined, [3ffaa3ccfc8e1521a746ff3fcf371fe1], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\(new) SwiftSearch-1.10.0.14.exe, Quarantined, [8faa016e25655adcc32a47f74abc44bc], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [f445204f95f562d43cb1b787c640946c], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-hardwareprofile-v0001, Quarantined, [b3868fe01e6cb581dce0a4a98382e51b], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-install-v0003, Quarantined, [1722aec1bad07eb8f7c57ecf1de8f20e], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-processes-v0002, Quarantined, [d267c4ab5a3050e6cfed0c416d98fe02], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-scheduledtasks-v0001, Quarantined, [57e27cf38efca4920fadb8958e77fd03], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-softwareregkeys-v0002, Quarantined, [74c5204f068464d2af0d3e0f679e59a7], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\terms-of-service.rtf, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\buildcrx-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\Info-ZIP-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\JSON-simple-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\nsJSON-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\Nustache-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\TaskScheduler-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], PUP.Optional.SwiftSearch.A, C:\Program Files\SwiftSearch_1.10.0.14\3rd Party Licenses\UAC-license.txt, Quarantined, [96a373fc1b6fa492c682804061a215eb], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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