How to remove the srv_animator malware

Most antivirus programs classify fastsrch.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or Trojan.Win32.Smardf.tgd (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_GAMETHI.JUA or TROJ_GEN.R47CEF6 (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated srv_animator software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about srv_animator and how to get rid of it.

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Fastsrch.dll file information

The process known as srv_animator appears to belong to software 2 srv_animator by unknown.

Description: Fastsrch.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The fastsrch.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 123,392 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 228,352 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 3852598B-495B-4E1F-B788-CB7FC1C48F98 or 9D1D1D7E-AF96-4E92-9A5C-F7657C2E7A0D or F8747A2D-E7EA-46A6-B583-C02A7B354115 or E23A0834-5DD8-41AA-B471-DD1B5E1C68CF or 7A15F270-20C4-4751-BAA3-584CB009B49E. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Fastsrch.dll is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The fastsrch.dll file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify fastsrch.dll related errors

Important: You should check the fastsrch.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If srv_animator has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving fastsrch issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active fastsrch process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the fastsrch.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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