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Should I remove Ad-Aware Security Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,862
United States Rank #3,906
Reach 0.0853%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.20 days
861.50 days >
Average installed length: 452.65 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
3.9.0.23 6.79%
3.9.0.21 0.64%
2.1.0.20 30.36%
2.0.0.3 12.53%
1.0.1.26 1.49%
0.9.1.8 22.93%
0.9.1.4DBG 3.61%
0.9.1.4 3.61%
0.9.1.20 13.59%
0.9.1.18 2.55%
0.9.1.15 1.70%
0.10.0.1 0.21%

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Ad-Aware Security Toolbar

What is Ad-Aware Security Toolbar?

The Ad-Aware Security Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox is a Conduit OurToolbar Community smartbar or a Visicom toolbar, depedning on the installed version. The Toolbar installs into your Internet browser and allows you to search the Internet with Community Toolbar that changes and redirects all of your search results as well as DNS errors, and modifies your home page.

From the EULA:
"BY PROCEEDING TO INSTALL THE AD-AWARE SECURITY TOOLBAR, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT THAT, UPON ITS INSTALLATION, AD-AWARE SECURITY TOOLBAR WILL MODIFY THE SETTINGS OF YOUR BROWSER CONCERNING "DNS ERROR PAGE", "ERROR 404 PAGE", "ADDRESS BAR SEARCH", "NEW TAB" AND "DEFAULT BROWSERAd by Deal Boat SEARCH". FURTHERMORE, ONCE INSTALLED, THE AD-AWARE SECURITY TOOLBAR MAY COMMUNICATE CERTAIN BASIC USAGE INFORMATION TO LICENSOR and/or VISICOM MEDIA, Inc. ("VISICOM") VIA ("APPLICATIONSTAT.COM") TO HELP LICENSOR COMPILE GLOBAL STATISTICS CONCERNING USAGE OF AD-AWARE SECURITY TOOLBAR BY USERS"

About  (from Lavasoft)

Ad-Aware Security Toolbar is a free security software developed by Lavasoft, the makers of Ad-Aware. Built specifically for browsing protection, Ad-Aware Security Toolbar is a free browser plug-in that gives you safety advice as you surf, shop, bank, download and play online. Ad-Aware Security Toolbar constantly checks...  Read more
Overview
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Ad-Aware Security Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove Ad-Aware Security Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: toolbar.lavasoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adawaretb
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\adawaretb\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 2.67 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ad-Aware Security Toolbar

Program module:adawareDx.dll
Name:Ad-Aware Security Toolbar
Ad-Aware Security Toolbar Link Library
Signed by:Lavasoft Limited
Path:C:\Program Files\adawaretb\adawareDx.dll
MD5:9d5363467c5563a492bbc625d3fdf53b
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - Ad-Aware Security Toolbar (Ad-Aware Security Toolbar Uninstaller)
  • adawareDx.dll - Ad-Aware Security Toolbar Link Library
  • adawaretb.dll (by Visicom Media Inc)
  • ieUtils.exe (by Visicom Media) - ieUtils (ieUtils for Dynamic Toolbars)
  • dtUser.exe (by Visicom Media) - DTX broker

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • adawareDx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ad-Aware Security Toolbar' with the class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • adawareDx.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ad-Aware Security Toolbar' with the class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • adawareDx.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Ad-Aware Security Toolbar' with a class of {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • dtUser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\adawaretb\dtUser.exe'.

How do I remove Ad-Aware Security Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Ad-Aware Security Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Ad-Aware Security Toolbar 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 Ad-Aware Security Toolbar, 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 Ad-Aware Security Toolbar.
  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 Ad-Aware Security Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.24%
Windows Vista 16.56%
Windows XP 13.38%
Windows 8 3.82%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.88%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.84%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.12%
Windows 7 Professional 8.82%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.82%
Windows 8.1 1.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.36% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.36%
  Canada 3.06%
  United Kingdom 2.62%
  Germany 2.48%
  Australia 1.60%
  Israel 1.60%
  Sweden 1.17%
  Japan 1.17%
  Brazil 1.02%
  France 1.02%
  Belgium 0.73%
  Thailand 0.58%
  Austria 0.58%
  Spain 0.58%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.82%
Dell 30.42%
Acer 12.59%
Toshiba 7.69%
GIGABYTE 3.85%
ASUS 3.50%
Lenovo 2.80%
Intel 2.80%
American Megatrends 2.10%
Samsung 1.40%
Sahara 1.05%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.75%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 3.13%
Dell Inspiron 518 1.88%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.88%

About Lavasoft

Lavasoft is a development company that produces anti-spyware software, most known for Ad-Aware.
Publisher URL: www.lavasoft.com

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