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What percent of users and experts removed it?
72% remove it28% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #35,406
United States Rank #40,535
Reach 0.0036%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 162.10 days
1040.02 days >
Average installed length: 546.45 days

Expat_Shield Toolbar

What is Expat_Shield Toolbar?

Expat Shield is a VPN program that allows users to access UK TV websites such as BBC iPlayer and ITV when outside of the UK. Expat Shield routes your IP address via a UK IP address as if you were still in the UK wherever you are in the world. Normally, the BBC will block any IP address that is outside teh UK from accessing its services both online and through the BBC iPlayer program.

About  (from AnchorFree Inc)

Expat Shield allows you to Watch UK TV online outside of the UK. You can now watch BBC iplayer from anywhere in the world. Ensure that you are private & anonymous online. As you may already know, if you live outside of the UK, you cannot watch shows on BBC iplayer. Why? BBC blocks the access to iplayer by blocking the ...  Read more

Overview

The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is tbExp2.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. 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 software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 2.59 MB (2,716,242 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Expat_Shield Toolbar.
tbExp2.dll (73406fa9287b36ca4163797c73a2cd04) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.9267 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
VIPRE Antivirus 25244 Conduit (fs)
tbExp0.dll (1a8438854dd15e4389f5bdef502c369d) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.Y
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Adware.Conduit.299
ESET-NOD32 11614 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B potentially unwanted
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 40170 Conduit (fs)
prxtbExp0.dll (9117027aea464e41c60b87b9826e8447) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10641 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 31234 Conduit (fs)
Expat_ShieldToolbarHelper1.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
tbExp1.dll (02de6b9ae1269af813fe8b629ee50093) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9883 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 29884 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbExp0.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 27 all detections
Expat_Shield 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 Expat_Shield Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: expatshield.ourtoolbar.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\expat_shield
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Expat_Shield\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 2.59 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 expatshield.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 Expat_Shield Toolbar

Program module:tbExp2.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\expat_shield\tbExp2.dll
MD5:73406fa9287b36ca4163797c73a2cd04
Conduit Toolbar web browser plugin for the various toolbars running on the Conduit Toolbar platform is the browser addin installed into Internet Explorer which has the ability to access and monitor all loaded and requested web pages and...
Additional files:
  • tbExp0.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update (Conduit Toolbar)
  • tbExp1.dll (by Conduit)
  • (Malware detected) Expat_ShieldToolbarHelper1.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbExp0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) prxtbExp0.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbExp0.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).
  • tbExp0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Download-DE Toolbar' with the class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463}.
  • tbExp1.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DVDVideoSoftTB Toolbar' with the class of {872b5b88-9db5-4310-bdd0-ac189557e5f5}.
4 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbExp0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Softonic France FF Findbar' with a class of {EC99436A-C0E6-4FFA-915D-132E669B3936}.
  • tbExp1.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Zynga Findbar' with a class of {C67F9C94-4600-43D2-B1AE-3A3F093C9BCA}.
  • prxtbExp0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Vuze Remote Findbar' with a class of {644597E7-96EC-4DC8-BDE1-D150A08E8D92}.
  • tbExp2.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'mako LIVE Findbar' with a class of {E4FBCEE4-B3B5-4FD1-933E-98130DB1E104}.
3 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbExp0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with the class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc}.
  • tbExp0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Download-DE Toolbar' with the class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463}.
  • tbExp1.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'DVDVideoSoftTB Toolbar' with the class of {872b5b88-9db5-4310-bdd0-ac189557e5f5}.
3 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbExp0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with a class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbExp0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Download-DE Toolbar' with a class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbExp1.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'DVDVideoSoftTB Toolbar' with a class of {872b5b88-9db5-4310-bdd0-ac189557e5f5} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
3 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbExp0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Produtools Forms Toolbar' with a class of {76A747B4-EDC6-46FF-8A5D-9AE61A889D5B}.
  • tbExp0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Download-DE Toolbar' with a class of {822E7427-5855-4592-8EA9-3F6FFF633463}.
  • tbExp1.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'DVDVideoSoftTB Toolbar' with a class of {872B5B88-9DB5-4310-BDD0-AC189557E5F5}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • Expat_ShieldToolbarHelper1.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Expat_ShieldToolbarHelper1.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove Expat_Shield Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall Expat_Shield 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 Expat_Shield 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 Expat_Shield 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 Expat_Shield Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 8 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 72%
Keep it 28%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.51%
Windows Vista 18.37%
Windows XP 4.08%
Windows 8 2.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.82%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 18.37%
Windows 7 Starter 8.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.08%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.46%
  Iran 12.31%
  Ireland 9.23%
  United Kingdom 7.69%
  France 6.15%
  Chile 3.08%
  SY 3.08%
  Spain 3.08%
  CY 1.54%
  Belgium 1.54%
  Australia 1.54%
  Sweden 1.54%
  Canada 1.54%
  Croatia 1.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.91%
Dell 14.89%
Acer 10.64%
Toshiba 10.64%
Sony 10.64%
GIGABYTE 8.51%
Samsung 4.26%
Lenovo 4.26%
ASUS 4.26%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.44%
HP 625 4.44%
Dell Inspiron 545 4.44%
Samsung N250P 2.22%
HP G72 Notebook PC 2.22%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.22%

About AnchorFree Inc

AnchorFree provides online privacy and security solutions for Web users, advertisers, and publishers.
Publisher URL: www.anchorfree.com

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