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Should I remove Freeware.de Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,578
Reach 0.0064%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 119.75 days
1218.09 days >
Average installed length: 640.01 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.9.0.16 13.33%
6.8.9.0 20.00%
6.8.5.1? 1.11%
6.8.5.1 17.78%
6.8.2.0 10.00%
6.7.0.6 1.11%
6.3.3.3 13.33%
6.3.2.17 3.33%
6.2.7.3 4.44%
6.2.2.4 4.44%
6.15.0.27 1.11%
6.14.0.28 1.11%
6.13.3.505? 1.11%
6.13.3.505 2.22%
6.13.3.501 1.11%
6.12.0.516? 1.11%
6.12.0.516 1.11%
6.11.2.6 1.11%
6.10.3.27 1.11%

Other programs by Conduit

Freeware.de Toolbar

What is Freeware.de Toolbar?

Freeware.de Toolbar is a Conduit distributed toolbar built on the community toolbar platform which provides web browser integration. This browser extension's primary purpose is to take control of the user's search functionality in order to generate a revenue share for the publisher and Conduit. In addition to search hijacking (although there should be options during bundle installation to prevent this), the toolbar will install itself in Internet Explorer as a toolbar and Browser Helper Object. Also, many installs contain 'Value Apps', which provide additional functionality as well as include various ad-supported extensions such as Cash Back and Price Gong. As for distribution, the toolbar is typically bundled with 3rd party publishers in order to try to maximize install revenue as typically payouts per installation is between a few cents and a couple dollars depending on the geographical location of the host. The platform in many cases installs a service 'engine' that is designed to protect the toolbar as well as the modified search and home pages to Conduit's affiliate search partner.

From the License Agreement: "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."

What toolbar EULA says it can do:
- Change of the default search engine, including your Browser's built-in search box, and address bar.
- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”.
- Change of the default Home Page and/or New Tabs, and protect your search settings.
- Allowing Conduit access to location-based information.
- Allowing Conduit access to information contained on your social network account.

Overview

The most common release is 6.8.9.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named tbFree.dll. 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 18 files and is usually about 4.8 MB (5,028,338 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Freeware.de Toolbar.
tbFree.dll (1c1d673fb3efc0643271226ea42a25d9) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.9643 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 14.04.23.12 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28102 Conduit (fs)
tbFre0.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)
prxtbFre0.dll (c89d9c80fd468c6b51c4aadcc8463c2d) 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 PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10643 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/Toolbar_Conduit
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 34366 Conduit (fs)
Freeware.deToolbarHelper.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
prxtbFre2.dll (2fffa4711ee94bed0a982886f65aaf3a) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.16 Conduit (fs)
ESET-NOD32 10274 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.N
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 32328 Conduit (fs)
tbFre2.dll (cef32b574f8c732bacafd93210642dbb) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.Stranact.ckae
ESET-NOD32 9702 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28454 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbFree.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)
ldrtbFre0.dll (ce49528c9b0b3b3018ee2f70e76b362a) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9148 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 24150 Conduit (fs)
       View all 36 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Freeware.de
URL: FreewaredeToolbar.OurToolbar.com
Help link: FreewaredeToolbar.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\freeware.de
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Freeware.de\uninstall.exe toolbar
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 4.8 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 FreewaredeToolbar.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 Freeware.de Toolbar

Program module:tbFree.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\freeware.de\tbFree.dll
MD5:1c1d673fb3efc0643271226ea42a25d9
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:
  • tbFre1.dll - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update (Conduit Toolbar)
  • (Malware detected) Freeware.deToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) Freeware.deToolbarHelper1.exe
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • hk64tbFre0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hk64tbFre2.dll
  • hktbFre0.dll
  • hktbFre2.dll
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbFre0.dll
  • ldrtbFre2.dll
  • ldrtbFree.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbFre0.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbFre2.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbFree.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbFre0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbFre2.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbFree.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbFre0.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).
  • prxtbFre2.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'elabeling Toolbar' with the class of {057766a3-83ce-4dfb-8db4-9a671c8ed366} (elabeling).
  • prxtbFree.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SmileBox FR Toolbar' with the class of {b7d54bce-e88e-4dc7-b80a-79553597b083} (SmileBox FR).
  • tbFree.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}.
  • tbFre2.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Conduit Engine' with the class of {30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}.
5 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbFree.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Softonic France FF Findbar' with a class of {EC99436A-C0E6-4FFA-915D-132E669B3936}.
  • prxtbFre0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Vuze Remote Findbar' with a class of {644597E7-96EC-4DC8-BDE1-D150A08E8D92}.
  • prxtbFree.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
  • tbFre0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'mako LIVE Findbar' with a class of {E4FBCEE4-B3B5-4FD1-933E-98130DB1E104}.
  • tbFre2.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Conduit Engine Findbar' with a class of {DCDF6BF6-9C20-4DEE-8B9A-56D0231330CD}.
5 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbFree.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with the class of {8e319c1c-b993-4bf3-9aab-b4455476652e}.
  • prxtbFre0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with the class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc}.
  • prxtbFre2.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with the class of {5ce95e90-4afa-4388-a5ce-a67d4eae12f1}.
  • tbFree.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Download-DE Toolbar' with the class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463}.
  • tbFre2.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with the class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f}.
5 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbFree.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.
  • prxtbFre0.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.
  • prxtbFre2.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with a class of {5ce95e90-4afa-4388-a5ce-a67d4eae12f1} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbFree.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.
  • tbFre2.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with a class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
5 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbFree.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with a class of {8E319C1C-B993-4BF3-9AAB-B4455476652E}.
  • prxtbFre2.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with a class of {5CE95E90-4AFA-4388-A5CE-A67D4EAE12F1}.
  • prxtbFre0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV - Radio Online Toolbar' with a class of {BA44516F-6809-4875-AF60-43608689D7D5}.
  • tbFree.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Download-DE Toolbar' with a class of {822E7427-5855-4592-8EA9-3F6FFF633463}.
  • tbFre2.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Conduit Engine' with a class of {30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • Freeware.deToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Freeware.deToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Freeware.deToolbarHelper.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 Freeware.de Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall Freeware.de 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 Freeware.de 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 Freeware.de 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 Freeware.de Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 77%
Win 8 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.89%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Windows XP 7.78%
Windows 8 2.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 60.00%
Windows 7 Professional 15.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.78%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.78%
Windows Vista Business 2.22%
Windows 7 Enterprise 1.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

79.57% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 79.57%
  Austria 6.45%
  United States 4.30%
  Switzerland 4.30%
  Italy 2.15%
  Slovakia 1.08%
  Luxembourg 1.08%
  Thailand 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 29.63%
Medion 27.78%
ASUS 12.96%
Dell 9.26%
Hewlett-Packard 7.41%
GIGABYTE 3.70%
Lenovo 3.70%
Sony 3.70%
Intel 1.85%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7616 3.85%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 2.56%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.56%
MEDIONPC MS-7646 2.56%
Packard Bell EasyNote LM8... 2.56%
MEDIONPC MS-7713 1.28%

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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