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Should I remove Brothersoft Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #35,452
Reach 0.0036%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 35.37 days
1043.38 days >
Average installed length: 548.22 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.9.0.16? 2.00%
6.9.0.16 8.00%
6.8.5.1 4.00%
6.8.2.0 2.00%
6.3.3.3? 2.00%
6.3.3.3 4.00%
6.3.2.17 8.00%
6.2.7.3 16.00%
6.2.6.0 4.00%
6.2.3.0 4.00%
6.2.2.4 6.00%
6.15.0.27 2.00%
6.13.3.501? 2.00%
6.11.2.6 2.00%
6.10.3.27 2.00%
6.1.0.7 12.00%
5.7.2.2 18.00%
5.7.1.1 2.00%

Brothersoft Toolbar

What is Brothersoft Toolbar?

Brothersoft Toolbar is a 'Community Toolbar' from Conduit, which integrates with major web browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The toolbar is an ad-supported program that is designed to display advertisements within the program itself, modify the browser's home page and search settings in order to capture web search traffic as well as collect and aggregate usage information and statistics. The toolbar is typically bundled with 3rd party developer programs in order to help monetize free (and some paid) software. During installation, the user might be given the option to modify the home and search pages, however this is often checked by default and overlooked. Should the software be removed from the user's PC, the settings will need to be manually reverted back (see details below). The company, based on the EULA, will automatically download and install remote updates as well as collect and store details about the user's web browsing activities and store it locally on the PC in order to interact with the toolbar application to suggest additional services or provide more targeted advertising. "By Using a Conduit Software you may enable Conduit to access, use and collect a variety of information, both personal and non-personal, regarding your Internet Browser, your browsing habits, and information about your computer." - from the license agreement.

About  (from Brothersoft)

As part of the functionality available on the Application, we may offer you search features provided by us and/or other third parties. Additionally, we may use Cookies in the web search services we provide to you. These Cookies collect and store information about your search activity when you use our web search service...  Read more
Overview
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Displays advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Brothersoft Toolbar.
tbBrot.dll (895c4812245e244b2f81c71bad0c4e55) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.Stranfom
ESET-NOD32 7.9311 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 14.01.26.01 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25610 Conduit (fs)
tbBro0.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
prxtbBro0.dll (480994ae776f86dc885fd654665ebdfa) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit!
Dr.Web 7.00.8.02260 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9631 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 27980 Conduit (fs)
BrothersoftToolbarHelper.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 25 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
ldrtbBro0.dll (76b3946090c94bb38dbbca54ac8ff9f7) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9264 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 25220 Conduit (fs)
uninstall.exe (b728fa6a309e5d18141947b95b730e95) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26380 Conduit (fs)
       View all 24 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: Brothersoft.OurToolbar.com
Help link: Brothersoft.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Brothersoft
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files2\BROTHE~1\UNWISE.EXE /U C:\Program Files2\BROTHE~1\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 3.89 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 Brothersoft.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 Brothersoft Toolbar

Program module:tbBrot.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\Brothersoft\tbBrot.dll
MD5:895c4812245e244b2f81c71bad0c4e55
Additional files:
  • tbBro1.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update (Conduit Toolbar)
  • (Malware detected) BrothersoftToolbarHelper.exe (by Conduit) - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbBro0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) prxtbBro0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbBro0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbBrot.dll
  • UNWISE.EXE

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • tbBrot.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Productivity Toolbar' with the class of {1c9b96a0-cba2-482e-9c40-9200b547123a}.
  • prxtbBro0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with the class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc} (Ashampoo FR).
2 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbBrot.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Softonic France FF Findbar' with a class of {EC99436A-C0E6-4FFA-915D-132E669B3936}.
  • prxtbBro0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Vuze Remote Findbar' with a class of {644597E7-96EC-4DC8-BDE1-D150A08E8D92}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbBro0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with the class of {8e319c1c-b993-4bf3-9aab-b4455476652e}.
  • tbBrot.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Productivity Toolbar' with the class of {1c9b96a0-cba2-482e-9c40-9200b547123a}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbBro0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with a class of {8e319c1c-b993-4bf3-9aab-b4455476652e} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbBrot.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Quizulous Toolbar' with a class of {f675d3df-504c-4e3c-bea8-a45b3b9bbd1b} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
2 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbBro0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with a class of {8E319C1C-B993-4BF3-9AAB-B4455476652E}.
  • tbBrot.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Productivity Toolbar' with a class of {1C9B96A0-CBA2-482E-9C40-9200B547123A}.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{E8CCBD57-E682-48BE-98A5-8B1BF164ACDD}' (runs on registration).
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • BrothersoftToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
  • BrothersoftToolbarHelper1.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{34C01E1F-1D33-4264-8F52-97E13432C5E2}' (runs on registration).
Service
  • UNWISE.EXE runs as a service named 'Browser System Enahncer' (671c50b0).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • UNWISE.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\UNWISE.EXE'.
  • BrothersoftToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

BrothersoftToolbarHelper.exe
Total CPU:0.4892737327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.29804920%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.19122453%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Brothersoft Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Brothersoft 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 Brothersoft 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 Brothersoft 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 Brothersoft 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 Brothersoft Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win Vista 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.00%
Windows XP 22.00%
Windows Vista 16.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 22.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 12.00%
Windows 7 Professional 8.00%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

12.96% of installs come from Israel
Which countries install it?
  Israel 12.96%
  United Kingdom 9.26%
  United States 9.26%
  Croatia 5.56%
  Italy 5.56%
  MK 5.56%
  United Arab Emirates 3.70%
  Australia 3.70%
  India 3.70%
  Indonesia 3.70%
  Egypt 3.70%
  Brazil 1.85%
  Saudi Arabia 1.85%
  LY 1.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.71%
Dell 11.90%
GIGABYTE 9.52%
Intel 9.52%
Acer 7.14%
ASUS 7.14%
American Megatrends 4.76%
Sony 4.76%
Compaq 2.38%
Lenovo 2.38%
Sahara 2.38%
Toshiba 2.38%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 6.98%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.65%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 4.65%
Gigabyte EP43-DS3L 2.33%
ECS H55H-M 2.33%
Dell Inspiron 6000 2.33%

About (from Brothersoft)

BrotherSoft serves worldwide customers as among the top 5 leading software download websites.
Publisher URL: www.brothersoft.com

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