The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "Xupiter.Sqwire" manually.
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Threat Details:

Description:
Xupiter.Sqwire hijacks the IE startpage .It also adds many bookmarks to the IE favorites.
It contacts its websites and downloads further files. The uninstaller does not work at all.
Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.
  • Entries named "MCInst" and pointing to "<$WINDIR>\TEMP\MCInst.exe".

Installed Software List:

You can try to uninstall products with the names listed below; for items identified by other properties or to avoid malware getting active again on uninstallation, use Spybot-S&D or RunAlyzer to locate and get rid of these entries.
  • Products that have a key or property named "Sqwire".

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Sqwire\d.dat".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Sqwire\m.dat".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Sqwire\p.dat".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Sqwire\u.dat".
  • The file at "<$APPDATA>\MsgCenter.exe".
  • The file at "<$STARTUP>\Message Center.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMFILES>\SQ\uwa.exe".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\SQLoader.dll".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\SQLoader.exe".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\sqwire.log".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Temp\tsl_rc0_wrap.exe".
  • A file with an unknown location named "MCInst.cab".
  • A file with an unknown location named "MCInstL.dll".
  • A file with an unknown location named "MCInstL.exe".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\LastGood\Downloaded Program Files\MCInstL.inf".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\MCInstL.dll".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\MCInstL.exe".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\MCInstL.inf".
  • A file with an unknown location named "SQLoader.exe".
  • A file with an unknown location named "SQLoader.dll".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\ICD1.tmp\SQUninstaller.exe".
  • The file at "<$LOCALSETTINGS>\Temp\ICD1.tmp\SQUninstaller.inf".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Downloaded Program Files\SQUninstaller.inf".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If Xupiter.Sqwire uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

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

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Sqwire".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMFILES>\SQ".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If Xupiter.Sqwire uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.
  • Delete the registry key "0x7A69" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\".
  • Delete the registry value "AID" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Check CFG At" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Check Updates At" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "CustomizeSearch" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "DOMAIN" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQCampaign.dat" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQDesktop.dat" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQMenu.dat" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQUpdate.dat" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQUpdatesChecker" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Feedback:install" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Homepage" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Installation Folder" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "SearchAssistant" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "SID" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "ACCEPT" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Common" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQInstaller" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Download:SQUninstaller" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Exes List" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Feedback:download" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "FIRST_SHOW" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Home" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Icons List" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "IE Activity" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Links List" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "OLD_SEARCH_HOOKS_CURRENT" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "p.dat crypted" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "SQTempFolder" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "SQVersion" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "ToolbarUninstalled" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "tsl_rc0_wrap.exe" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Update WA" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "Updates List" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry value "WebAssistantUninstalled" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
  • Delete the registry key "{280168BC-76BF-4CD0-B835-3D686EFA8DDC}" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\".
  • Delete the registry key "{3C5BA506-6C30-4738-9CED-797ACADEA8DC}" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\".
  • Delete the registry key "{2662BDD7-05D6-408F-B241-FF98FACE6054}" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\".
  • Delete the registry key "{57E69D5A-6539-4D7D-9637-775DE8A385B4}" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\".
  • Delete the registry key "{3ECE4A8F-98FE-4A3C-908D-D9304565A614}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\".
  • Delete the registry key "{B8CFDC9E-E634-40E3-A51E-C097F23D53B9}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\".
  • Delete the registry key "{D686DB39-659A-491A-A35C-60B99495C16E}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\".
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "SQLoader.Loader", plus associated values.
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "SQLoader.Loader.1", plus associated values.
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "SQToolbar.Band", plus associated values.
  • Delete the registry key "{118AF62F-21B1-4492-8111-C1A03C5E09CB}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\".
  • Delete the registry key "{4D0AC936-BDE8-4EA2-B4FB-9F89E5B4C186}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\".
  • Delete the registry key "{805AF2C8-98C7-4F3C-A7C9-25EBF27567F3}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\".
  • Delete the registry key "{83B027C5-1489-4EC5-A290-47DA8058AC04}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\".
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "XTSearch.XTSearchHook", plus associated values.
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "XTSearch.XTSearchHook.1", plus associated values.
  • Delete the registry key "{3C5BA506-6C30-4738-9CED-797ACADEA8DC}" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\".
  • References to the file "SQLoader.dll" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\.
  • References to the file "SQLoader.exe" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\.
  • Delete the registry value "{57E69D5A-6539-4d7d-9637-775DE8A385B4}" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\".
  • References to the file "SQLoader.dll" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDlls\.
  • References to the file "SQLoader.exe" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDlls\.
  • Delete the registry key "{26FD5192-A97C-4B48-A5D7-2420CFDCFDF2}" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\".
  • Delete the registry key "{26FD5192-A97C-4B48-A5D7-2420CFDCFDF2}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\".
  • Delete the registry key "{76CE9569-914D-4FF5-99FE-08AE3B503545}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\".
  • Delete the registry key "{A925474C-DBAD-433D-B45F-5E8F55A3445B}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\".
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "MCInstL.Loader", plus associated values.
  • A key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ named "MCInstL.Loader.1", plus associated values.
  • Delete the registry key "{B53DC624-9872-4B5D-B199-25F9EE426A49}" at "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\".
  • Delete the registry key "{26FD5192-A97C-4B48-A5D7-2420CFDCFDF2}" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\".
  • References to the file "MCInstL.dll" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\.
  • References to the file "MCInstL.exe" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ModuleUsage\.
  • References to the file "MCInstL.dll" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDlls\.
  • References to the file "MCInstL.exe" at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDlls\.
  • Delete the registry value "Sent Feedback>uninstall" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SQ\".
If Xupiter.Sqwire 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.