SideFind, also called IS Technologies SideFind, is an UPX compressed browser helper object and toolbar for Internet Explorer. SideFind uses Microsoft .NET as its runtime environment.

Sophos anti-virus site states that SideFind may be downloaded by Troj/IstBar-M. According to a discussion at NTBugtraq Mailing List SideFind monitors google searches as open up the side panel with SideFind's own search results. SFBHO.DLL mentions when examining the contents of the DLL.

SideFind has been installed with little notice along with ABC Scrabble and at


Browser Helper Object
Internet Explorer Toolbar


SFBHO.DLL, sfbho13.dll, sidefind.exe

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Log references

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Uninstall procedure

Uninstall SideFind from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel.

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Manual removal

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove SideFind manually. Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If SideFind remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.

  1. Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run. (The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)
  2. Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}', if it exists.
  3. Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}', if it exists.
  4. Delete 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Explorer Bars \ {8CBA1B49-8144-4721-A7B1-64C578C9EED7}', if it exists.
  5. Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Browser Helper Objects \ {A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8}', if it exists.
  6. Exit the registry editor.
  7. Restart your computer.
  8. Start Windows Explorer and delete:
    Note: %ProgramsDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    Note: %WinDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000).
  9. Start Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  10. In Internet Explorer, click Tools -> Internet Options.
  11. Click the Programs tab -> Reset Web Settings.

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