Manual Removal Guide for SearchTheWeb

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "SearchTheWeb" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:


  • adware


SearchTheWeb installs a library into the system directory. Once run it registers a Browser Helper Object (BHO) or a toolbar, e.g. the " Bar".

Removal Instructions:


Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.


You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.

  • Delete the registry key "_gwss" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\".
  • Delete the registry key "{4BCE0AB8-BE84-4CB7-93BD-C897ACC88345}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\".
  • Delete the registry key "{73CE630B-4C87-4E90-B856-CAC9F35E8E97}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\".
  • Delete the registry key "{F0C08B30-BA30-4FEB-924B-2E250CF0697D}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\".
  • Delete the registry key "{F0C08B30-BA30-4FEB-924B-2E250CF0697D}" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\".

If SearchTheWeb uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.

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