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Should I remove ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
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How common is it?
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 230.50 days
473.07 days >
Average installed length: 248.56 days


VersionDistribution 33.33% 66.67%

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ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE

What is ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE?

ARO 2013 is a Conduit Connect toolbar for Internet Explorer. This toolbar runs as a web browser extension and Browser Helper Object and is distributed using the Conduit/Perion monetization platform. Although this software is typically installed as an optional offer, users generally have this bundled with 3rd party software. During setup, this IE toolbar will modify the home page and new tab pages to a Conduit controlled search portal using Bing as the primary search engine. It will also modify the default search provider to uses Bing as well.

From the License: "As part of the installation process of the Conduit Software and/or the Customized Software, we may change your Internet Browser settings and/or provide you with the ability to opt to make changes to your Internet Browser settings and/or your mobile device settings and/or your social network account settings. Change of the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including your Browser's built-in search box, if applicable, and address bar; Allowing software updates of the Conduit Software once a new version is released and the ability to send you notifications. Allowing Conduit access to information contained on your social network account and/or site (which you must explicitly and separately opt in to)."


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. It also bundles additional software in the form of the Conduit Engine, which installs a potentially unwanted toolbar, and makes homepage and default search engine changes to a user's web browser. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 1.69 MB (1,767,708 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • This toolbar is distributed via Conduit (potentially unwanted)
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE.
ARO_2013ToolbarHelper.exe (943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17313 Application.Win32.Conduit.~f
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.202
Malwarebytes v2013.11.22.02 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 23610 Conduit (fs)
prxtbARO_.dll (a00e105f12d8bc0b9c5aa7198e2d6df2) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9874 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.W
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 29792 Conduit (fs)

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: ARO 2013
URL: ARO2013.OurToolbar.com
Help link: ARO2013.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\conduit\ie\ct3302239
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Conduit\IE\CT3302239\UninstallerUI.exe -ctid=CT3302239 -toolbarName=ARO 2013 -toolbarEnv=conduit -type=IE
Estimated size: 1.69 MB
This is a Community Toolbar by Conduit, what does that mean?
Conduit is a toolbar monetization platform for software publishers. It provides a utility for developers to create branded generic web browser toolbars. Publishers can bundle these toolbars with their software programs or provide access to download them separately through ARO2013.OurToolbar.com. Once installed, the toolbar modifies the browser's home page and search settings in order to redirect searches through the Conduit portal (which utilizes Bing or Yahoo! Search engines). Read more...

Program filesFiles installed by ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE

  • UninstallerUI.exe -
  • (Malware detected) ARO_2013ToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • hk64tbARO_.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbARO_.dll
  • ldrtbARO_.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbARO_.dll
  • tbARO_.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbARO_.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ARO 2013 Toolbar' with the class of {92e7bc9c-bc36-42d4-9013-65e387115066} (ARO 2013).
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbARO_.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'ARO 2013 Toolbar' with the class of {92e7bc9c-bc36-42d4-9013-65e387115066}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbARO_.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'ARO 2013 Toolbar' with a class of {92e7bc9c-bc36-42d4-9013-65e387115066} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbARO_.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'ARO 2013 Toolbar' with a class of {92E7BC9C-BC36-42D4-9013-65E387115066}.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ARO_2013ToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE?

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Or, you can uninstall ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by ARO 2013 Toolbar for IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

62.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.50%
  Slovenia 12.50%
  Japan 12.50%
  United Kingdom 12.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Acer 50.00%

About Conduit

Conduit is an online platform that allows web publishers to create custom toolbars, web apps, and mobile apps at no cost.
Publisher URL: www.conduit.com


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