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BullsEye Network is adware, and should be removed with a spyware removal tool.

What's 'BullsEye Network'?

It's apparently part of something called BargainBuddy, which is adware. I'd grab a spyware removal tool and run it, or you can get more information on BargainBuddy, including removal instructions.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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72 Comments
brian
August 31, 2004 7:49 PM

Hi leo . I noticed this on my computer . It says bullseye network. Any idea what this is?? any info would be greatly appreciated

Leo
August 31, 2004 7:59 PM

Answered in the article at the top of the page you jsut commented on.

joel
September 13, 2004 11:42 AM

Leo,

How do I remove exact advertising 8.0.27 bullseye network program files?

I can't seem to delete the files conventionally.

Joey
September 14, 2004 12:01 AM

I've had it with the Bullseye Network.Their pop-up ads continually sneak their way into my computer as I'm trying to do work online.I'm constantly having to re-start my computer and my work because these ads refuse to close or minimize allowing me no access to the work I'm trying to perform.I can't get any better protection.Only their ads and pop-ups come through.How do I prevent this annoyance?It's adding nearly an hour to my work day.This annoyance will soon be considered harrassment as far as the attorneys at my work tell me.Enough is enough.

Samuel aborisade
September 18, 2004 1:48 PM

I have been receiving annoying pop-up ad from you for some time now. This happened because you discretely invaded my computer with your pop-up ad software into myh computer. I have tried to delete your software from my computer unsuccessfuly because you made it impossible to do so. I am hereby informing you that I don't want any pop-up ads from you no more. Consequently, I want you to contact me with information that will assist me in removing your unsolicited software from my computer.

Leo
September 18, 2004 2:18 PM

For the record, Ask Leo!, and Puget Sound Software, do not, never have and have no plans to employ popup advertising or software of any sort. If your comments relate to the subject of this page, then I believe the people you want to address your concers to are the owners of the BullsEye Network and/or BargainBuddy. Ask Leo, and Puget Sound Software, are not affiliated with them in any way.

Amada
September 21, 2004 6:12 PM

The Bullseye Network is packaged with a handful of crap. I suggest you get HijackThis and intelligently remove the bad entries as well as BHODemon, which will control what BHO's load, helping protect your privacy. Search for them via google. Getting rid of these things will take you about 1 hour, probably. Good luck.

Nilo
October 5, 2004 11:34 AM

Hi,
I work for hardware support, the no of people who call in for removal of spyware seems that we are doing a software support and not hardware support.
Prevention is better than cure. so a small advice, pls install a firewall onto the comp and refrain from clicking on that damn popups again in ur life. think*. are they ur relatives to giv u sumthin free jus like tat. u go ahead and install these ******* spyware and stand on our heads to remove them....pls consider us to be as human beings

masterlear
October 13, 2004 10:38 AM

I can understand the concept of adware and can see the income potential of it. However, I truly despise the way adware is delivered. It is forced onto the computer without permission to install. It does not even prompt to inform the user it is being installed. It even gets through the corporate firewall, the computer's firewall with Ad-Aware and Spybot running. It even installs if the user is restricted from installing software. An uninvited intrusion on corporate systems that secretively manipulates a system is an attack by definition and is illegal. Half of my work week is spent removing adware from the systems and rebuilding the computers it happens to damage. Adware has potential. It is a shame it is used in such a malicious manner.

Mike
October 18, 2004 10:54 AM

I dislike adware and spyware as much as the next PC user. And I agree that the methodology employed by the writers/coders of these programs simply do not 'seem legal' and are suspect - at the least. However, I have been able to build a business around the removal of these little gems of software. Bad for some, good for me. Go figure.

C flynn
October 19, 2004 3:25 PM

Agree that Bullseye/BargainBuddy/CashBack, et al are a boil on the backside of the internet users. To remove this pest (if indeed it is out of the Registry) required deleting from Windows programs, Uninstalling from Add/Remove programs of Control panel (after a mandatory insulting questionaire)and checking Find to see if it remained.
I have sent a complaint to the FCC using the FCC site addresses, and asked that they address this attack on privacy.

jasmin
October 24, 2004 9:48 PM

delete all the following bull**** files;

windows/system32/nvms.dll
windows/system32/msbe.dll
windows/system32/mscb.dll
apuc.dll
CC_Versn.dll

sandra
October 27, 2004 2:17 PM

hi,
the only thing I had to do was:

try to uninstall BullsEye in Add/Remove programs.
click "NO" when asked if it should be uninstalled.
that's how it uninstalled mine.....

Phil
October 30, 2004 5:04 AM

Sandra was right!!! Thanks

Kirit
October 31, 2004 5:04 AM

thank you soooo much sandra...

Ransome
November 2, 2004 9:30 AM

It still doesn't work!! I see the uninstaller making a copy but it went to fast. I think I saw it copy itself back into Windows Root or system32 folder agian, to be reinstalled again. I wish the FCC would do something. Installing applications on a persons computer without their permission, is like me entering your house and installing a billboard on your living room wall. It's just not right and should be illegal.

Ed
November 2, 2004 6:28 PM

I found this insideous little program hiding on my computer after doing an internet search for lyrics to a particular song. All of a sudden McAfee firewall starting flashing every other second alerting me to 3 separate programs trying to access the internet. Doing a CTRL/ALT/DEL in Win XP showed me an additional 6 processes running which I could not close. I closed them and they started up again.... all had to do with this Bullseye program (eXact is how it's listed in the registry). Running MSCONFIG and clicking the startup tab, I was able to disable all 6 of these programs and restart the computer. I went into REGEDIT and deleted all references to them in HKLM/Software and HKCU/Software. Then I did a CTRL/ALT/DEL and stopped the processes. They stayed stopped this time and used control panel to uninstall. It finally worked. I then ran Ad-Aware 6 and McAfee Antispyware to remove every cookie they laid on the system. Damn, I'd LOVE to get my hands around the neck of this *****

Mar
November 3, 2004 7:51 PM

I have been victimized by these pests for couple of months already and I would tell you guys that it keeps on coming back no matter how you uninstall them. Here's what I got in my add/remove programs: Bullseye Network, web rebates, ebates moe money maker, soft 56 Data Fax Voice Speakerphone Carp, lernout & Hauspie Tru Voice American English TTS Engine, shockwave. I have no idea how these things got into my computer. I tried to uninstall them but keep on coming back. One thing more, check the space where the date and time arelocated at the right hand side of your computer, maybe it happened to you too, sometimes I have pop up message that states that a new hardware has been detected in my computer. How in the world would I not know if I installed one. Also in that same place you would see a logo of a brown puppy that seems looking at you all the time and knows what you are doing in your computer. I think these bunch of crooks who initiated this craps manipulates our computer in any way

Luke
November 4, 2004 11:38 AM

I recently found "BuLLsEye Network" on my computer, the uninstalled it via add remove programs.
But every time i boot up, a file called "System32" always pops up, and i have to just exit it.

Why does this happen and how can i get it to stop??!

Leo
November 4, 2004 9:20 PM

Sounds like a leftover startup entry. This article will help you clean that up: http://ask-leo.com/whats_all_this_stuff_running_after_i_boot_windows.html

PJ
November 15, 2004 2:01 PM

Yes, I too am affected by the Bullseye Bull****.

I would say it takes 2o minutes productivity out of my day. And adds stress because the minute it pops up I play this game with myself to see how quickly I can close it, trying to convince myself that if it realises I am not even looking at the ads, it might give up and go away. Obviously it is not that intelligent.

But I must warn everyone of this - that ever since I posted on a bulletin board, stupidly putting my email address in my signature, I have been bombarded with SPAM and Spyware, not to mention PHONEY EBAY messages asking me to enter my credit card details OR ELSE my account gets suspended.

So all I can say is, NEVER EVER enter your email address as information that will be posted for eternity on a website. I truly regret that moment.

And Bullseye is still a problem.

Surely there must be a way of deleting the .exe from the system?

Hmmmm...

PJ

Benjamin Lindelof
November 15, 2004 2:51 PM

I recommend if you are having trouble with Spyware that you PAY somebody to clean your PC.

Most people just aren't technically trained to handle it.

It's going to take an ARM off before the point is made, isn't it? Please ask a trained specialist to deal with the bear: Spyware.

PJ
November 15, 2004 2:52 PM

Oh! I just tried something really simple. You won't be able to delete the executable from your hard drive, but what you can do, is change the filename extension. I changed the .exe to .doc and it seems to have stopped the file from executing.

Could be the answer!

DP
November 15, 2004 8:52 PM

Probably the best idea is to download a trial version of an anti-spyware and clean your PC.
I found 87 pests on mine (apart from bullseye).

More info:

http://www.giantcompany.com/antispyware/research/spyware/spyware-eXact.BullseyeNetwork.aspx

Attention: there is also a program called ISEXEng
that is in the startup and has to be neutralized through MSCONFIG or autoruns.
Other entities to be removed:
bargains.exe
eXactUtils(registry directory)

BOBBY
November 17, 2004 11:14 PM

I BEAT IT! NOW TO EXPLAIN... I READ AND NOTED ALL THE GIVEN DATA GIVEN HERE. I WENT LOOKING FOR THESE NAMES. I COULDN'T DELETE ALL OF IT, SO I TRIED BITS OF IT. PROGRAM FILE HAD A FOLDER THAT WOULDN'T GO. I TRIED SENDING IT EVERYWHERE, EVEN TO SACRIFICIAL FLOPPY AND CD. WELL,I FOUND WINNT PREFETCH AND SYSTEM 32 HAD THE EXDL1 AND THE EXDL AND EXDL0 FILES THAT ARE PART OF THE BIN FILE OF THE BARGAIN FILE OF THE BULLSEYE FOLDER! IT TOOK FOREVER, BUT I MANAGED TO TRY EVERY MANNER OF MOVING, COPYING, ETC. TO DESKTOP, DOCUMENT, CD, FLOPPY. I DIDN'T QUIT AND SWEATED TRYING TO GET IT OFF MY DESKTOP, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS EMPTY OF DATA! I THINK THE SECRET IS TO TURN OFF THEN TURN ON THE COMPUTER WHICH SEEMED TO CLEAN OFF THE STUBBORNNESS OF COMMANDS, I KEPT NOTATING EACH ACT OF EFFORT, SO I AT LEAST CAN GIVE A RELATIVE PATH OF SUCCESS. DON'T ASK ME TO LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE INTERESTING. I THINK THE UNINSTALL SCREEN IS TRICKY, SO READ IT CAREFULLY.DIG OUT THE EXDL, EXDL0, AND EXD

Benjamin Lindelof
November 18, 2004 5:46 PM

You guys are hilarious! Is it a problem or is it not? If it was not a problem, then all these posts should disappear.

Since it IS a problem, that means you are in need of a professional.

Professionals have software ready to go: it's called Ad-Aware and it's at www.lavasoftusa.com . The tool allows you to fix the problem.

However if you do not know HOW to fix the problem, then you can't fix it. No 'Single Tool' will give you experience to fix it.

Our economy will continue to suffer as long as this attitude continues... just pay the man!

PJ
November 19, 2004 8:36 AM

"Our economy will continue to suffer as long as this attitude continues... just pay the man!"

What? Who's side are you on? Why should we have to pay anyone to remove an illegally installed pest from our systems? Our economy is suffering by the lost hours and computer power created by annoying adware, let alone its removal. If it was a punishable offence (which it should be by now), we wouldn't need a bunch of 'professionals' to step in and make money off our pain.

You sound like you work for 'the man' - 'www.lavasoftusa.com' .. this forum is to help people help themselves - a community, for users to learn and trade advice. So let us figure out the problem for ourselves. We shouldn't have to PAY anyone to solve these annoyances!

Joe Smith
November 19, 2004 8:44 AM

Start up the pc in safe-mode, then delete it, in most cases it works, otherwise ask someone gd at pcs ;)

JOE
November 19, 2004 11:35 AM

HEY GUYS USE "SPYBOT" AND IT WILL GET RID OF BULLSEYES NETWORK

Bob
November 20, 2004 12:11 PM

Another file to disable in MSCONFIG is ISEXEng from services.

Then find and delete angelex.exe from the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder.

james
November 21, 2004 2:40 PM

Try downloading the anti-spyware programme 'StopZilla'.

It deleted BullsEye Network for me. Stress free!

However, do not purchase the anti-spam software 'NoAdware'.

I did and it did **** all! I'm in the process of getting my money back from them.

James

Edward Hess
November 22, 2004 6:48 PM

win ex I did a system restore and it was gone. Too easy?

ubadsee
November 24, 2004 10:49 AM

I read the posting by Mike who said he makes a living removing Spyware. Well so do I but I can't get any other work done because I have to spend 100% of my time removing Spyware. In my opinion, they should have put a provision in the Patriot Act to line up all the Spyware and Virus programmers and chop of their hands with a rusty machete and jam the cut off fingers down their throats. This isn't just business. It is killing our businesses.

If you remove this stuff it will just come back. Here's how to remove them and keep them from coming back.

Warning !!! Don't try this unless you know what you are doing.

Go out and Buy McAfee Internet Security Suite or just buy McAfee VirusScan and McAfee Personal Firewall. You can use Norton if you want but you will get infected very quickly and you will be back in the same boat. If you don't believe it just ask everyone in my office how much work they get done since we implemented Symantec products.

Back up all your data. Format your hard drive and reinstall Windows. As soon as you get connected to the Internet, don't go surfing. Go to microsoft.com and download every update available. The easiest way is to use the Windows Update feature.

Once everything is updated, install your McAfee products and update, update, update. You may have to do it 3 or 4 times and restart 3 or 4 times before it will be completely updated. No need to do a scan because you don't have any viruses at this point.

Next download Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.3 from tucows.com. Don't buy spyhunter or any of the others because Spybot is free and it works just as well. Update Spybot, then Immunize, then you can “Check for Problems” but most likely, your PC doesn't have any Spyware at this point so just exit. Spybot’s Immunize feature should block most Spyware. For the ones that it does not block, you need SpywareBlaster from javacoolsoftware.com. Download SpywareBlaster, update it and then “Enable All Protection”.

As long as McAfee is updating itself daily and you update, Immunize, Enable All Protection and Check for Problems weekly with Spybot and SpywareBlaster, this should just about end your Spyware problems. Then if you do get a stray attack once in a while, you can easily remove it with Spybot. You can also add AdAware to the mix but install AdAware after installing and updating Spybot.

This has worked for me since last Thanksgiving and it’s great to be free from Spyware on my home PC. I only wish I could do this on the PC here at work.

itworked
November 26, 2004 8:47 AM

I tried everything here "except formating my drive" what I did which seems to work is. clt alt del to stop bargain from running open all the files in the bullseye network folder with notepad (you have to disable the bargain everytime you open up explorer though) delete all the characters in each file and save them all as read only. Since this that damn dog went away.

Benjamin Lindelof
November 26, 2004 9:02 AM

We shouldn't have to PAY anyone to solve these annoyances!

Posted by: PJ at November 19, 2004 08:36 AM

PJ,
Each situation is different with spyware. Only if you have experience can you eliminate the threat quickly. If you can't eliminate spyware when you are first exposed, it has more chances to spread across your PC.

Some spyware conflicts with software you have running. You can learn all of this, but most people don't have the time to learn the ins and outs of PC programming, or get sick of learning it before their PC is clean.

If your vents are dirty in your house, do you suck them out with a vacuum cleaner? What a mess! Personally I would call a professional for jobs that I do not have the equipment training (or if I don't want to get dirty.)

So it's GREAT if you want to figure it out by yourself, but nobody should be whining about anything. It's just business! I'm wondering why Norton Antivirus doesn't pick this up. What's wrong with Symantec??

scoofer hoofer
December 1, 2004 5:18 PM

I had this little pain in the **** but I had a look at http://www.computing.net/security/wwwboard/forum/14064.html. Followed the instructions (Which made perfect sense) and this worked fine for me. Check it out.

spazz
December 6, 2004 1:01 PM

Just found how to uninstall The Buls Eye program from Sandra, message posted Oct 27, 04.

**try to uninstall BullsEye in Add/Remove programs. click "NO" when asked if it should be uninstalled. that's how it uninstalled mine.....**

It worked, but does mean it's delated from the Registry.

mike
December 9, 2004 11:48 PM

I removed the bullseye crap and it`s associated **** by searching through my computer after it came back several times even after running adaware and spybot. I even stopped the processes running in the background.

The files I located resided in the WINNT\System32 directory
the files are:
exdl.exe, exdl0.exe, exdl1.exe, exul.exe,
exul1.exe.

ScoobySnax
December 12, 2004 3:03 AM

I seemed to have got rid of this file using a free download called reg mechanic, I used the bullseye uninstall facility first and then used registry mechanic to completely remove it from my registry files.

tracy
December 17, 2004 5:12 PM

You need to go into task manager (ctrl alt del) and have the services tab open. Open up your my computer, c:\, program files and you will see the bullseye network folder there. Have it close to your task manager so you can delete it fast! Go into your task manager and stop any bargains.exe services and IMMEDIATELY click over and delete the bullseye network folder. Then scan your pc for these files in your winnt folder: exdl.exe, exdl0.exe, exdl1.exe, exul.exe,exul1.exe and delete them all. Run ad-aware (www.ad-aware.com) and spybot search and destroy (search google..forget the site to download this from) and also run Hijack this (awesome program). This should remove all your spyware. Helps to boot into safe mode after installing these programs (plain safe mode without networking) and run all 3 programs to get rid of everything. Bullseye is the most reoccuring pos I've ever seen. Wish they could hang these people for the time I've spent cleaning them off my pc. :(

John
December 19, 2004 9:25 AM

Try this page for help:
http://www.er3.com/bargainbuddy/

Kendra
December 26, 2004 8:41 PM

Just clarifying that when you uninstall BullsEye Network, you're not clicking no when it asks you to uninstall, it asks if you want to discontinue the uninstallation...that's why you're supposed to click no.

Phoenix5
January 9, 2005 1:37 PM

Ah the one we call Bullseye!
What a load of CRAP!
If of course after the last reply you are still having trouble removing bull
seye there are two more other way's..
First you can boot up your PC in safe mode and remove it using Add/Remove pr
ograms or download a great little spyware remover called Spyware Doctor! It
will definatly remove Bullseye in one fowl swoop!
The only downside to this program is that you must pay a one off fee!
You can find it at http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/

GOOD LUCK!

Robin
February 10, 2005 1:11 PM

Be careful when deleting it. I just uninstalled it and lost all my files- I was stupid enough not to back them up first. I've lost loads of music. They really are bastards and should be hung drawn and quartered. I hate them to hell.

Phil
February 19, 2005 10:35 AM

I got rid of Bullseye. I just went in to remove programs and answered no when i got to the second page. It's funny but the "no" button is where "next" is usually located. When you hit no they just ask you to fill out a four question survey and you can dump it.

I also got rid of two other programs that seemed to come with it. One was 180 something and the other was CtxPls. No tricks with these. I may have had to reboot. No big deal

My advice. If you are having brand new popup problems dump these and look at all programs. Dump any that show up as recently (same day) used that you don't think a aplly to real uses. They are probably part of it.

Sorry I don't remember the name of all of them. I know I dumped four or five programs. Some involved cash back and crap like that.

I'm running like new again

james
February 19, 2005 11:50 AM

ya well bullseye cant be removed even after you have removed it usin add/remove. i suggest after you have done that go to www.microsoft.com and download microsoft antispyware to clean up all the leftover entries bullseye has put. or just go to run (if your running xp like myself) and type regedit and under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT delete any keys that have url catcher in them but only do this if you are an expert and you know what your doing...delete the wrong keys and you can permanently corrupt your system. if microsoft antispyware detects bullseye itll will say its deleted but it usually regenerates in my case, it did so if your havin the same problem follow the steps given.

Phil
February 19, 2005 2:43 PM

James

I'll try that if I see the problems again. Right now nothing is happening. I looked where you said and found nothing under .url that fit that description. Just where in the registry would it be? There are at least 100 folders under the HKEY_Classes_Root. The .url folder didn't have anything like that.

Do you think it's possible you accidently downloaded it again? I am getting zero popups right now. That is what I had before and that is what I am back to.

I don't have a whole buch of programs in my list. It was not hard to find all the ones that came with this. You may have still had one of them or downloaded again.

Of course I may still have it but all of the browsing I was doing to trigger it no longer does so I assume it is gone.

Maybe my XPPro is easier to work with. I know next to nothing about this computer. I do know I like XPPro. LOL

phil
February 19, 2005 3:28 PM

Did get the microsoft antispyware and it detected eXact.Bargainbuddy in my Temp files. that seemed to be the only trace of the crap associated with Bullseye it found.

Glad I got the Microsoft antispyware. It helped me find a lot of other stuff I can do without that my other spyware wasn't seeing.

John NY
March 5, 2005 3:02 AM

I think I got this after I installed Advanced X Video from the PC Tools Issue 18 CD1 disk, as distributed by the magazine. I also downloaded the Microsoft antispyware - glad I did, it found a lot of ****.

Matthew
March 5, 2005 10:01 AM

Hey guys. I have had the same problems. It is 180Search Assist. I had no idea what CtxPls was and I found out from this site. Thanks. I am still trying to delete more of this ad crap from my computer. Is it possible that it can set your options in your pop up blocker to be off? Because I think it did that to me.

lorna
March 26, 2005 10:02 AM

thank you for the helpful comments. i downloaded and installed ms anti-spyware beta. it removed 25 different spyware threats that were making it impossible for me to get any work done. it's like having a new computer. thanks again.

Yazz
March 31, 2005 9:41 AM

Thanks for explaining to me what Bulls eye is, i would have left it there forever not knowing what it was if it wasnt for this website. The adverts were coming up all the time and i really wasnt sure why! there is prob alot more on here which i havent gotta clue about.

Chris K
March 31, 2005 2:24 PM

The company or the perpertraters that makes Bullseye Network and Bargainbuddy components is eXact Advertising. Bargainbuddy updates the software from a server to make matters worse. I used Ms Antispyware beta and it worked

Bugged
April 28, 2005 12:24 AM

I removed the "eXact Advertising"/Bullseye crap in the most convoluted way. It appears to create at least three executables in three locations, each of which is capable of creating and monitoring the other two. So if you delete one, one of the other two will recreate it before you can delete the other two. That's how it stays alive no matter what you do (I think).

On my system, the three files I deleted were:

C:\windows\nail.exe
C:\windows\system32\vpllmm.exe
C:\Documents and Settings/All Users/Desktop/Start Menu/nkcc.exe

I used Hijack This's "Delete on Reboot" feature to enter all three filenames before rebooting, and did the whole process twice in a row. Don't worry that you can't "see" the filenames in the directory listing. They're still there. I didn't even bother with "fix" and "kill process" in HJT, since you can't do it fast enough (and they are hidden, read-only anyway). Delete-on-Reboot waits until the system is almost shut down, when the programs are released from memory, and then deletes all of them. It worked perfectly. Can't guarantee that's the real fix, or that it will work for you, but it gave me back my computer after a week of these bastards having it under seige so I couldn't use it.

More important, I traced the only downloader URL in my registry to the source. This appears to be associated with the eXact Advertising bullshit everyone is suffering from, although I can't guarantee it. What I can say is that these lowlifes at eXact have hidden their domain registration by proxy, so you can't find their address, phone #, etc. The IP address in my registry, however, traced back to another company that has a long history for hijacking systems and invading privacy, in my experience at least:

Search results for: 207.188.7.150

OrgName: RealNetworks, Inc.
OrgID: REAL
Address: 2601 Elliott Ave
City: Seattle
StateProv: WA
PostalCode: 98121
Country: US

NetRange: 207.188.0.0 - 207.188.31.255
CIDR: 207.188.0.0/19
NetName: PROGNET-REAL
NetHandle: NET-207-188-0-0-1
Parent: NET-207-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: BENNY.PROGNET.COM
NameServer: RUGBUG.PROGNET.COM
Comment: ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
RegDate: 1999-02-22
Updated: 2001-06-20

TechHandle: IR57-ARIN
TechName: RealNetworks, Inc.
TechPhone: +1-206-892-6737
TechEmail: net-admin@real.com

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2005-04-27 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

If anyone can confirm that RealNetworks is really behind "eXact Advertising", I'm sure several million victims would just love to send them thank you notes. Gurus, please check it out and let us know what you find.

Regardless of who is cowering behind the curtain at "eXact Advertising", I highly recommend that you visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftc.gov and file a formal complaint, with as much info about the company/products name as possible (www.exactadvertising.com for starters). Also, I recommend that you do this EVERY time you get a popup or other trouble from this garbage no one ever asked for. An eye for an eye.

eggsmatter
May 5, 2005 3:40 PM

Well, here's their contact ASP if it's any help:
http://www.bullseye-network.com/contact.asp

Chris
May 19, 2005 4:10 PM

BargainBuddy downloads updates through connections to adp.Ikena.com to update the software and display its crap popups!!

Eric Scheie
May 25, 2005 9:37 AM

I'll second MS Antispyware Beta. I've tried 'em all, and it works the best for me. It found some of the more agressive malware programs which AdAware missed.

badge
June 13, 2005 8:45 PM

i had bullseye an gator on my pc i downloaded spysweeper and it killed it best adware remover i ever had an i tried just about all of them

badge
June 13, 2005 9:20 PM

i forgot to add unknown.startup.999 spysweeper got rid of all adware on my computa and found a trojan that avast and avg didnt find so i deleted avast avg and ad aware and only use spysweeper now best my pc has ever been

mewster
June 23, 2005 8:12 AM

I lucked out last night. I have Norton AntiVirus 2005; that, with Spybot and AdAware, got rid of ALL the files, or at least enough not to effect my computer's operation. I'll run HijackThis later.

The stupid thing is I wasn't loading software in my computer when I got it; all I remember is clicking on some pic while I was using a Google image find and--CRASH--my computer is suddenly loaded with this garbage and I'm playing pop up whack-a-mole while trying to shut all the programs down. It loaded up:

- 180SerachAssistant.com
- CashBack Buddy (some cute dog icon kept turning itself on five seconds after I turned it off. Why do they want me to hate dogs?)
- NaviSerach
- The BullsEye Network (I got my own name for this one)
- WeirdOnTheWeb (for irony, I guess)

Thanks for the name of the slimebags that put this crap out. eXact Advertising, according to a job post on CareerBuilder (is this a way to look legit?), is "a leading contextual marketing solutions provider"--yyyyeah! And they have a web site, too, http://www.exactadvertising.com/, that I was reluctant to go on because I was afraid they'd load that crap on again while I'm there (it didn't, but I scanned my computer, anyway).

They're based in NYC and have an office in SanFran. Here's their NYC snail addy and phone (it's the legal dep't):

Legal Department
EXACT
C/o eXact Advertising, LLC
PMB 2392
101 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Fax: 646.223.1206
e-mail: privacy@exactadvertising.com

The CEO is Will Margiloff, who I'd like to meet one day, scoop out the contents of his butt and shove it down his throat, figuratively.

This article lists the advertisers supporting these jerks:
http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/exact-advertisers/

rogerinca
June 26, 2005 7:47 PM

This BullsEye Network (or BS Network) stuff, appeared suddenly in my PC about ten days ago. I tried all the usual stuff, including their (JOKE) program removal wizard, but it kept reappearing and their wizard is a fraud !! Yesterday I spent the money and downloaded the STOPzilla anti-ad and sypware package and it immediately shut down this criminal operation....COMPLETELY !!! I am not enough of a computer geek to perform other than basic operations,to remove it myself, so this was the best fix for me !! :) :) Thank you STOPzilla !!!

Mikey JJ
June 26, 2005 11:07 PM

I'm contacting you cyber people from Australia. For the past 3 months now i have been "harrassed" by this site called Bullseye. Now i was under the impression that the United States Gov had created laws regarding spam! My only question is, why are companies like 'addidas' allowing this bullseye to promote their products? Is this legal in the United States?

popeye
July 29, 2005 6:56 AM

It should be against the law to cause a person to reboot their computer because of a pop up ad. I was trying to sell a stock when it happened to me and by the time I got back the ad had cost me over $2,400. To stop this we will probably need to collectively initiate a muti-million dollar class action law suit. restraint of trade? Civil right interference? Let the attorneys decide.

Jon
August 5, 2005 6:06 PM

Same stuff happened to me. Thought I had some virus, couldn't end the processes that were doing it, more adware apearing outta nowhere. Well now I'm gonna download the software needed to stop this! Thanks for the info guys!

Jon
August 13, 2005 10:20 PM

I wanted to post an update, Ad-aware SE Personal was unable to get rid of the problem, bullseye network is multiplying in my hardrive and its eating at my settings and memory! gosh i don't know what to do, it's only a matter of time before I'll have to run a system recovery AGAIN!

Benjamin Lindelof
August 22, 2005 9:25 AM

OK, I think we have enough support to finally go after this company that makes BargainBuddy.

Our only hope is to take down the companies that produce these programs -- in court. Microsoft could sue them for every dime they made off of "BullsEye Network"...

This specific spyware problem can be cleaned pretty easily, however. There are worse.

leonard
September 3, 2005 11:42 AM

just out of curiosity i googled "bullseye" after i cleaned my machine, and found your forum.

not finding bullseye in the add/remove, i went to my old standby, and this will do it. at least it did for me.

all credit goes to that great free remover BAZOOKA. sorry if recomendations are inappropriate. i have been going to his site for problems for several years.

if it works send him a couple bucks. keep him going.

i have absolutely no connection with him, his site, or anything else, just trying to help.

good luck to all, hope this helps

http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/library/bullseye/index.phtml
[replaced much copyrighted material with link -Leo]

Bob Hoskin
October 2, 2005 2:13 AM

Spy bot completly removes the bullseye network files and removes it from add/remove program files. How i done it was using another pc and my flash drive pen, i downloaded spy bot on the pc and opened it into the flash drive, once installed on the flash drive i ran the updates directly into the program on the flash drive.
then plugged it into the infected pc and ran it from windows, and of course it cant stop the program running because its in a envirement it cant alter.
If you get virtual memory problems and cant run anything , use task manager alt/ctrl/del,and find the bargain buddy running process and stop it , giving you back your virtual memory , to run the program.
good luck & hope this helps

Bob Hoskin
October 2, 2005 2:22 AM

Forgot to mention spy bot is free and no registration needed.
Hope you dont mind me posting how i got over this problem Leo, but it may be of help to others.

Mark Chauvin
April 12, 2006 2:41 PM

hello, im part of an investigation about computer spyware, adware, hijackers, exc. and trying to dig up as much info about the major companies producing them to pursue legal action. It would help incredibly much if anyone has information on the subject that they would view helpful to me. I, with the help of the local government am trying to rid computers of this cyber-vandalism! Ive seen them before, if you have found a text file on your computer that says it grants the rights of a certain spyware company the rights to downloading their software onto your computer, please let me see a copy. thankyou.

Matthew
November 7, 2007 2:08 PM

Well, I am sorry for all of your losses, but next time, choose mac! Mac has almost NO viruses to date and it is a great Operating System, especially with leopard out now. This would never happen on a mac and to be honest, I also have a dell, and that has had a few viruses... GET MAC!

Jason
June 9, 2009 3:20 AM

I get a real kick out of Mac users when they make statements like this would never happen on a Mac... 90% of all personal computers are Windows based the other 10 is split between Mac (about 8%) and the rest of the group. If I was someone who wanted to target the most people with my exploit I sure as heck would not waste my time on 8% of the market. So Mac users, go ahead spend your hard earned cash on a piece of equipment that any 12 year old could operate but if you want to compare a Mac to a Windows system based on power, functionality, and cost there is no comparison Window's based PC's will always out perform Mac's dollar for dollar.

I am currently removing this program from my friends computer and I need to know if the network ask's if it can be installed or if it just installs automatically from the link. This is basically so I can block access to the site altogether rather then have to perform this removal again.

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