How to remove the msbb virus

Most antivirus programs identify msbb.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/180SolutionsNCase, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.180Search.

The msbb.exe file is a software component of Search Assistant by 180Solutions.
Msbb.exe is an executable file created by nCase/Web3000, a browser add-on that displays advertising. This program is listed as adware and spyware as it is also capable of sending sensitive user information across the Internet to the creator's servers. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Applications created by 180solutions are listed as adware and spyware designed to install themselves on computers without user permission. These applications are distributed via various affiliates. Though the affiliate programs were supposed to obtain the permission of the user prior to software installation by law, most did not, resulting in thousands of illegal installations. 180solutions is currently known as Zango. It is an American software company that offers users access to its partners' videos, games, tools and utilities in exchange for watching targeted advertising installed on the user's computer. The company was founded in 1999 originally as ePIPO.

MSBB stands for Module for Seach Assistant Browser Button

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Msbb.exe file information

The process known as Search Assistant or msbb appears to belong to software Search Assistant or PAD Lookups by n-CASE or Uninstall (version 180searchAssistant) by 180Solutions (

Description: Msbb.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msbb.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Windows\ or C:\Program Files\180solutions\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,840 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 196,608 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The msbb.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The process has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, Run). Msbb.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with msbb.exe, you can uninstall PAD Lookups by n-CASE from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify msbb.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the msbb.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Assistant 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.


User Comments

It's spyware it wont stop closing out my programs
SpyWare, AdWare, Steals password, email address and other information, abuses the network.
  Broken Arrow  
deleted it with windows beta defender 2 you can download it homepage
It uses ca.11MB of RAM. Very complicated uninstall process (uninstall in two steps, the program installs itself as two different programs), to uninstall required connection to Internet and downloading two times additional uninstall programs! It is possible two uninstall it from the control panel, add/remove programs: you have to uninstall two separate programs: 1."Interstitial Ad Delivery by n-Case" and 2."... PAD ... by n-Case". See also:
  Chris   (further information)
Use Housecall on line to remove, or spybot and adaware
  mark osude  
under programs listed as 180 search assistant delete by all means necessary
ppl, stop talking about regcleaner, since that Software is using Spyware itself!
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msbb.exe: based on 164 votes with 9 reviews. 9 users think msbb.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 32 users suspect danger. 114 users think msbb.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 17 users don't grade msbb.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving msbb issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active msbb process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the msbb.exe 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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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