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Pugi is a search toolbar program which has been customised and stealth-installed by many different sites.
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It has many variants:
Pugi/Searchit , pointed at www.searchit.com, distributed through inet-traffic.com.
Pugi/SearchExplorer , pointed at www.search-explorer.com, distributed through and controlled by adpowerzone.com.
Pugi/Qidion , controlled by qidion.com, pointed at www.findwhatevernow.com.
Pugi/Masterbar , pointed at masterbar.com; also sets search pages to point at masterbar.com.
Pugi/XXXToolbar , part of the ISTbar/XXXToolbar parasite, documented on the ISTbar page.
How to Remove Pugi ?
Click Start > Settings > Add/Remove Programs > Control Panel, and select the entry 'Searchit - toolbar' (Searchit variant), 'Toolbar - My toolbar' (Search-Explorer variant), 'qidion - toolbar' (Qidion variant) or 'masterbarHallmedia.net' (MasterBar variant) and click 'Remove'..
Follow these steps to remove it manually from your computer:
- Open a DOS command prompt window (from Start->Programs->Accessories) and enter the following commands:
regsvr32 /u "..\Downloaded Program Files\srchitbar.dll"
Or, for Pugi/SearchExplorer:
regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Search-Explorer\explbar.dll"
Or, for Pugi/Qidion:
regsvr32 /u "..\Downloaded Program Files\qi32.dll"
Or, for Pugi/MasterBar:
regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\MasterBar\masterbar.dll"
- Restart the computer.
- Delete the program files.
For the SearchExplorer and MasterBar variants you can delete the entire 'Search-Explorer' or 'MasterBar' folder in the Program Files on the C: drive (regardless whether or not that is your system drive).
For Pugi/Qidion use this command to delete the files:
del "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\qi32.dll"
For Pugi/Searchit use this command to delete the files:
del "%WinDir%\Downloaded Program Files\srchitbar.dll"
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