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13 February 2007
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Adware.Surfairy installs itself as a Browser Helper Object and redirects certain Internet Explorer URL requests.


The files are detected as Adware.Surfairy.
  • Redirected Internet Explorer URL requests.


The most common installation method for this application is through Web sites.

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 06 June 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 17 January 2008 revision 033
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 09 June 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.Surfairy is run, it performs the following actions:
  1. Installs itself as a Browser Helper Object.

  2. May create the following registry keys:


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{e0b9b5fe-b66e-4fb0-a1d9-726f0e743cfd}

  3. Redirects certain Internet Explorer URL requests.

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Close all open browser windows.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.Surfairy.
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 browser windows
Since Adware.Surfairy functions as a Microsoft Internet Explorer plugin, it is necessary to close all the open browser 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 the open browser windows.

3. To scan for and delete the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Adware.Surfairy, click Delete.

    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.