From Wiki-Security, the free encyclopedia of computer security

SurfSideKick Information
Type:   Spyware
  Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
  By downloading freeware & shareware programs.
  Changes PC settings, excessive popups
& slow PC performance.
Detection:   Download SpyHunter's FREE Spyware Scanner.

SurfSideKick is an adware application that shows commercial advertisements and pop-ups, changes web browser's default error page, modifies search settings and opens marketing and advertising web sites. SurfSideKick can also download and install third-party adware applications or send out computer information. Surf SideKick must be manually installed. SurfSideKick automatically runs on every Windows startup.

To check your computer for SurfSideKick, download FREE SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.


Detection of SurfSideKick (Recommended)

SurfSideKick is difficult to detect and remove. SurfSideKick is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. SurfSideKick, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove SurfSideKick and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a FREE SurfSideKick scan/check to successfully detect all SurfSideKick files with SpyHunter the Spyware Detection Tool.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with SurfSideKick. SurfSideKick can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing SurfSideKick involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing SurfSideKick on your system. SurfSideKick installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with SurfSideKick, use this FREE SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect SurfSideKick and other common Spyware infections.


SurfSideKick may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of SurfSideKick from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

SurfSideKick, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. SurfSideKick along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example SurfSideKick, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect SurfSideKick and other types of spyware.

Remove SurfSideKick manually

Another method to remove SurfSideKick is to manually delete SurfSideKick files in your system. Detect and remove the following SurfSideKick files:


  • ssk.exe
  • sskupdater.exe
  • bk.exe
  • SurfSidekick.exe
  • sskb5[1].exe


  • sskcore.dll
  • sskbho.dll
  • repairs303169590.dll
  • Sskknwrd.dll
  • Sskuknwrd.dll

Other Files

  • SurfSideKick 3
  • SurfSideKick 2

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSurfSideKick[XVS]
  • 000AB0005-FF12-42C2-8DF5-39E12E5F9C91
  • 02EE5B04-F144-47BB-83FB-A60BD91B74A9
  • CA0E28FA-1AFD-4C21-A8DC-70EB5BE2F076
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunSurfSideKick
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunSurfSideKick
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSurfSidekick
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSurfSidekick_is1
  • Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\02EE5B04-F144-47BB-83FB-A60BD91B74A9
  • Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UrlSearchHooks\_CA0E28FA-1AFD-4C21-A8DC-70EB5BE2F076
  • Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UrlSearchHooks\CA0E28FA-1AFD-4C21-A8DC-70EB5BE2F076
  • SurfSideKick3
  • Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\Surf SideKick
  • SurfSideKick2

Known Variants

VirusBurst is a re-branded variant of other well-known rogue anti-spyware programs, including SpywareQuake, SpyFalcon, SpywareStrike, SpySheriff, SpyHeal and many other pseudonyms.

External links

RECOMMENDED by Wiki-Security
Download SpyHunter's Free Spyware detection tool to detect the latest Spyware threats.
Safely remove all Spyware traces from your computer!

Remove TagASaurus