There is a new variant of the "Cool Web Search", "About:Blank" adware bug
going around and it's called the "Home Search Assistant."
A long list of curses does not even come close to describing how tricky and
frustrating the "Home Search Assistant" Adware is to get rid of... and if you
haven't had to deal with it yet, you probably soon will. Your first plan of
attack is not to download any "uninstall" programs, but rather do a
quick Google search and consult one of the many detailed
removal guides hosted on reputable websites for steps on what to do
On the bright side, this just goes to show you that even your humble PCSTATS
Editor-in-Chief is not immune to junk like this. The really amusing bit is that
Norton 2005, MS Antispyware, WinXP-SP2 and an up-to-date set of
service patches, heightened browser security settings, and couple firewalls
did diddly-squat to keep the adware from infecting my system.
Let me know your favorite "Home Search Assistant" removal guides at the PCSTATS Feedback page.