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Should I remove JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
61% remove it39% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0006%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.45 days
129.71 days >
Average installed length: 68.15 days

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JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar

What is JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar?

JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar is an advertising-supported web browser toolbar that may modify the browser's home page, search provider and new tab pages. Changes to the browser include the following modifications:

- Change of the default home page and new tabs and protect your search settings
- Change of the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including the browser's built-in search box
- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

We may supply some of the information we collect from you to our affiliates and/or third parties so that we or they can provide certain elements or features in connection with the Toolbar. We may use search-query data to identify subject-matter search categories for use in classifying queries and targeting advertising ...  Read more

Overview

Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is akBar.dll. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 66 files and is usually about 11.83 MB (12,409,044 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar.
akBar.dll (96a060cf33a2c42617cf13224a47db07) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140423 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3496 Zango
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14530 Adware.Win32.Mindspark.81
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
Panda Antivirus 14.05.30.12 Adware/WebSearch
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Hupc
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.150 TROJ_GEN.F47V0404
VIPRE Antivirus 29700 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
akSrchMn.exe (466af3fbfdd028b3d90238425c367b7e) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 None Trojan/Win32.Buzus
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!466AF3FBFDD0
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!466AF3FBFDD0
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0404
VIPRE Antivirus 28088 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
akSrcAs.dll (31f0fd888f41c6e4b05a8a26a6257bbb) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 14.0.0.3950 Zango
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Mindspark.45
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/WebSearch
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Lkxk
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0404
VIPRE Antivirus 29442 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
APPINTEGRATOR.EXE (660d435be4a48b8d941e5dcf30ac1974) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 14.0.0.3950 Zango
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Mindspark.81
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/WebSearch
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Wlzh
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0404
VIPRE Antivirus 29442 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
akbarsvc.exe (54d6bc524f1fb026d6eb569581e38885) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.AudioToAudioToolBar.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0404
VIPRE Antivirus 28088 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
akmedint.exe (bb601f008cda03b0cdc8188d084d9960) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.58873 Trojan.Win32.FUbu2.cudmon
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0405
VIPRE Antivirus 28088 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
AppIntegrator64.exe (f68778b356218f4cbfd5c2c19419c0a0) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
ESET-NOD32 9637 a variant of Win64/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28020 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
       View all 44 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\JokeFanatic_ak\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\JokeFanatic_ak\bar\1.bin\akBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="JokeFanatic_ak" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 11.83 MB

Program filesFiles installed by JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:akBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\JokeFanatic_ak\bar\1.bin\akBar.dll
MD5:96a060cf33a2c42617cf13224a47db07
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) akbar.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • akregfft.dll
  • akregiet.dll
  • T8EPMSUP.DLL
  • akhkstub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector Stub
  • akreghk.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector
  • akbarsvc.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer
  • akbprtct.dll
  • akdatact.dll
  • akdlghk.dll
  • akdlghk64.dll
  • akfeedmg.dll
  • akhighin.exe
  • akhtmlmu.dll
  • akhttpct.dll
  • akidle.dll
  • akmedint.exe
  • akmlbtn.dll
  • akPlugin.dll
  • akscript.dll
  • akskin.dll
  • akskplay.exe
  • (Malware detected) akSrcAs.dll - Mindspark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer (Mindspark Search Assistant)
  • AppIntegrator.exe
  • AppIntegrator64.exe
  • AppIntegratorStub.dll
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • AssistMonitor.dll
  • AssistMonitor64.dll
  • CrExt.dll
  • CrExtPak.exe
  • DpnMngr.dll
  • HiddenToolbarReminder.dll
  • HkFxMgr.dll
  • HkFxMgr64.dll
  • T8EXTEX.DLL
  • T8EXTPEX.DLL
  • T8HTML.DLL
  • t8Res.dll
  • T8TICKER.DLL
  • ToolbarGuard.dll
  • (Malware detected) akSrchMn.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • aksrchmr.dll
  • NPakStub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub (Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • akauxstb.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform
  • akauxstb64.dll
  • akieovr.dll
  • akradio.dll - Mindspark Radio
  • aktpinst.dll - ThirdPartyInstaller Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • akSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SoccerInferno' with the class of {73b8e1fd-331f-4c17-8613-8a3034d3b0ca}.
  • akbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search-Results Toolbar' with the class of {503e067f-2914-4edd-8432-2d6c52635e23}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • akbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Search-Results Toolbar' with the class of {503e067f-2914-4edd-8432-2d6c52635e23}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • akSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {d265cb33-319d-4d5f-b515-d6d829ff2177} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • akbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'YourVideoChat' with a class of {26E01BB3-6695-41EF-B93B-E8F6C86E0311}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPakStub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]_ak.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]_ak.com/Plugin' for all users of the PC.
Service
  • akbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'WebfettiService' (Webfetti_52Service).
5 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • akmedint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'InboxAce Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\INBOXA~2\bar\1.bin\1gsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Astrology Home Page Guard 32 bit' which loads as "C:\Program Files1\ASTROL~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator.exe".
  • akSrchMn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SoccerInferno Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\SOCCER~2\bar\1.bin\j2srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SoccerInferno Home Page Guard 64 bit' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\SOCCER~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe".
  • akbar.dll is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RadioRage' which loads as rundll32 C:\Program Files1\RadioRage_4j\bar\1.bin\4jbar.dll,S.

How do I remove JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove JokeFanatic Internet Explorer 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 JokeFanatic Internet Explorer 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 JokeFanatic Internet Explorer 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 JokeFanatic Internet Explorer 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 JokeFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 8 78%
Win 7 (SP1) 11%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 61%
Keep it 39%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 77.78%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Windows 7 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 33.33%
Windows 8 Single Language 22.22%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.11%
Windows 8 Pro 11.11%
Windows 8.1 11.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.25%
  Australia 6.25%
  Canada 6.25%
  India 6.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 37.50%
Acer 25.00%
Toshiba 12.50%
Lenovo 12.50%
Dell 12.50%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 14.29%
LENOVO 20245 14.29%
Gateway NE56R 14.29%
Gateway LT40 14.29%
Dell Inspiron 570 14.29%
ASUSTeK S400CA 14.29%

About Mindspark Interactive Network

Mindspark is a business unit of IAC that focuses on interactive products and web portals and operates IAC's interactive products and web portals such as Life123, Myway.
Publisher URL: www.mindspark.com

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