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Should I remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
78% remove it22% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,193
United States Rank #9,263
Reach 0.0855%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.20 days
300.84 days >
Average installed length: 158.07 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.23.0.9 8.84%
6.20.0.10 39.28%
6.19.0.18 7.01%
6.18.2.72 0.50%
6.17.5.38 0.33%
6.17.5.36 0.17%
6.17.5.35 0.42%
6.17.2.625 0.08%
6.17.2.624 0.08%
6.17.2.619 0.08%
6.17.2.618 0.08%
6.17.2.617 0.08%
6.17.2.610 0.08%
6.17.2.603 0.17%
6.17.2.502 0.33%
6.17.2.501 0.25%
6.17.2.500 0.17%
6.17.2.13 0.08%
6.17.2.12 0.17%
6.17.2.11 0.33%
6.17.2.10 0.42%
6.17.2.8 23.19%
6.17.1.25 7.42%
6.17.0.33 3.84%
6.16.2.2 4.00%
6.16.1.9 2.59%

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Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE

What is Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE?

Hotspot Shield 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)."

About  (from Conduit)

We may combine the web Search Data with other non-Personally Identifiable Information (as further detailed above, e.g. Browsing Data or Usage Data) and if we do, some of the otherwise non-Personally Identifiable Information may become Personally Identifiable Information. In addition, the Conduit Software also takes the...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE.
prxtbHots.dll (480994ae776f86dc885fd654665ebdfa) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0326 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 8.9631 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Panda Antivirus 14.01.26.01 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 27980 Conduit (fs)
tbHots.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)
Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe (943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17313 Application.Win32.Conduit.~f
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.202
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 23610 Conduit (fs)
prxtbHot0.dll (e86e5671c52b7b05f6614fc57ad1fa80) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web 7.00.7.12100 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9486 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26946 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 21 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Hotspot Shield
URL: HotspotShield.OurToolbar.com
Help link: HotspotShield.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application data\conduit\ie\ct1561552
Uninstaller: C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Conduit\IE\CT1561552\UninstallerUI.exe -ctid=CT1561552 -toolbarName=Hotspot Shield -toolbarEnv=conduit
Estimated size: 1.09 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 HotspotShield.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 Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE

Program module:prxtbHots.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot_Shield\prxtbHots.dll
MD5:480994ae776f86dc885fd654665ebdfa
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHots.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) tbHots.dll
  • hk64tbHots.dll
  • hktbHots.dll
  • (Malware detected) Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • ldrtbHots.dll
  • UninstallerUI.exe - 1.4.0.1
  • hk64tbHot0.dll
  • hktbHot0.dll
  • ldrtbHot0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbHot0.dll
  • configutaion.json
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot0.dll
  • uninstall.exe - Conduit Engine Uninstall
  • hk64tbHot2.dll
  • hktbHot2.dll
  • ldrtbHot2.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbHot2.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot2.dll
  • UNWISE.EXE
  • af_proxy.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot1.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbHots.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} (TV Bar 2).
  • prxtbHot0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with the class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366} (Penny Stock Conspiracy).
  • tbHots.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with the class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f}.
2 Internet Explorer Bars
  • prxtbHots.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Connect DLC 5 Findbar' with a class of {8FEB0551-B256-479B-92E1-C927F89DC71E}.
  • tbHots.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Mario Forever Findbar' with a class of {2060F31E-8F5B-4E48-983A-C797F8FC18DB}.
3 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbHots.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b}.
  • tbHots.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with the class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with the class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366}.
3 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbHots.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbHots.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.
  • prxtbHot0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with a class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
3 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbHots.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75E0046F-2275-4BCE-9AFD-D8DA19ABDF0B}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with a class of {7E2496F7-BC9A-446E-9426-1D1615641366}.
  • tbHots.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Mercan Programlar Toolbar' with a class of {B475CFD8-45D8-4905-B319-AD995327ABEB}.
2 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).
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'.
  • Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE?

Quickly and completely remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE 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 Hotspot Shield 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 Hotspot Shield 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 Hotspot Shield 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 Hotspot Shield Toolbar for IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 78%
Keep it 22%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.75%
Windows 8 26.75%
Windows XP 4.42%
Windows Vista 1.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 35.40%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.53%
Windows 7 Professional 10.07%
Windows 8 Pro 4.61%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.28%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 4.19%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.98%
  Saudi Arabia 24.08%
  Iran 6.57%
  United Arab Emirates 4.11%
  Egypt 4.03%
  Pakistan 3.62%
  MA 2.30%
  IQ 2.30%
  Germany 2.14%
  LY 2.05%
  SY 1.97%
  Indonesia 1.89%
  Qatar 1.48%
  YE 1.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.42%
Dell 20.18%
Acer 17.28%
Toshiba 14.05%
ASUS 8.25%
GIGABYTE 5.02%
Lenovo 4.57%
Samsung 3.68%
MSI 0.56%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.92%
Dell Inspiron N5110 6.02%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.81%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.32%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C660 3.32%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.11%

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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