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What percent of users and experts removed it?
71% remove it29% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #32,764
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.78 days
255.04 days >
Average installed length: 134.00 days

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LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar

What is LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar?

Installs a potentailly unwanted Ask.com powered toolbr - "As part of the download process for the Toolbar, you may be given the option to reset your homepage and/or reset your new tab page to an Ask® home page and new tab product. This provides relevant links and results when you make a search request in your browser address bar or if your browser address (DNS) request is invalid, misspelled or incorrectly formatted. This is a search box located within the toolbar that will help you search the Internet with search results from our search results partner."

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

The Toolbar installs into your Internet browser and allows you to search the Internet with MyWebSearch┬« and may provide other search features as further described herein. These search features, as well as other non-search-related features may be customizable by you. Address Bar Queries, DNS Errors: If you consent to ma...  Read more

Overview

During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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. 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 primary executable is named a9Bar.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 56 files and is usually about 10.19 MB (10,689,961 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • 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 LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar.
a9Bar.dll (3f7583821989e49412f4a3531f04744b) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140111 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3598 Zango
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!3F7583821989
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!3F7583821989
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1208
VIPRE Antivirus 25114 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
a9SrcAs.dll (aa5270eb6804dadda21905c65f2ab255) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.11.21.00 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 RiskWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 15.0.0.4189 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
ESET-NOD32 10755 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AK
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/MyWebSearch
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Mindspark.C
Kaspersky 15.0.1.10 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.si
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.MyWebSearch.si.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Lndy
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1106
VIPRE Antivirus 34964 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya 2.0.0.1988 Adware.MyWebSearch.Win32.902
APPINTEGRATOR.EXE (b83db01d9e4bd53c9b65214806b54eb7) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.11.21.00 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 15.0.0.4189 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
ESET-NOD32 10755 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AJ
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/MyWebSearch
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Mindspark.C
Kaspersky 15.0.1.10 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.si
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.MyWebSearch.si.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Pepp
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1106
VIPRE Antivirus 34964 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya 2.0.0.1988 Adware.MyWebSearch.Win32.1695
a9medint.exe (4de35f24efb8446518e0586fd54043b8) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.25.00 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 14.0.0.4040 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
ESET-NOD32 10616 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AJ
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/MyWebSearch
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Mindspark.C
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.si
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.MyWebSearch.si.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Pial
VIPRE Antivirus 34214 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya 2.0.0.1966 Adware.MyWebSearch.Win32.1392
a9barsvc.exe (eb0b3c1577773cb81ebc0a2507fccfdc) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.25.00 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 14.0.0.4040 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
ESET-NOD32 10616 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AE
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/MyWebSearch
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Mindspark.C
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.si
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.MyWebSearch.si.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Ajlj
VIPRE Antivirus 34214 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
AppIntegrator64.exe (dde9c9b89b413a5868d7358511db5a6a) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.25.00 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 14.0.0.4040 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.si
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Wwof
VIPRE Antivirus 34214 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
a9SrchMn.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)
a9brmon.exe (4c6bae7dbb9c97a51c65f2cb55069526) 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
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Clodad1.Trojan.d408
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1206
VIPRE Antivirus 25276 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
a9brmon64.exe (565575c26d63ffad0b81bc4eec13a145) 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
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Cloda25.Trojan.51df
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1206
VIPRE Antivirus 24866 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
       View all 97 all detections
LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer 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 LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\LocalCrimeWatcher_a9\bar\6.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\LocalCrimeWatcher_a9\bar\6.bin\a9Bar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="LocalCrimeWatcher_a9" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 10.19 MB

Program filesFiles installed by LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:a9Bar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\LocalCrimeWatcher_a9\bar\6.bin\a9Bar.dll
MD5:3f7583821989e49412f4a3531f04744b
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) a9bar.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • a9regfft.dll
  • a9regiet.dll
  • a9hkstub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector Stub
  • a9reghk.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector
  • (Malware detected) a9SrcAs.dll - Mindspark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer (Mindspark Search Assistant)
  • (Malware detected) a9SrchMn.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • a9srchmr.dll
  • NPa9Stub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub (Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • a9Plugin.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin (Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin for 32-bit Windows)
  • a9auxstb.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform
  • a9auxstb64.dll
  • a9bprtct.dll
  • a9dlghk.dll
  • a9dlghk64.dll
  • a9ieovr.dll
  • a9radio.dll - Mindspark Radio
  • a9highin.exe - t8HighIn (Toolbar Software)
  • (Malware detected) a9medint.exe - t8MedInt
  • (Malware detected) a9barsvc.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer
  • a9datact.dll
  • a9feedmg.dll
  • a9htmlmu.dll
  • a9httpct.dll
  • a9idle.dll
  • a9mlbtn.dll
  • a9script.dll
  • a9skin.dll
  • a9skplay.exe
  • (Malware detected) APPINTEGRATOR.EXE
  • (Malware detected) AppIntegrator64.exe
  • APPINTEGRATORSTUB.DLL
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • ASSISTMONITOR.DLL
  • ASSISTMONITOR64.DLL
  • CREXT.DLL
  • CrExtPa9.exe
  • installKeys.js
  • (Malware detected) a9brmon.exe - VER_ (VER_DESCRIPTION)
  • (Malware detected) a9brmon64.exe
  • a9brstub.dll
  • a9brstub64.dll
  • a9tpinst.dll - ThirdPartyInstaller Module
  • BOOTSTRAP.JS
  • DPNMNGR.DLL
  • EXEMANAGER.DLL
  • HKFXMGR.DLL
  • HKFXMGR64.DLL
  • HPG.DLL
  • Hpg64.dll
  • T8EPMSUP.DLL
  • T8EXTEX.DLL
  • T8EXTPEX.DLL
  • T8HTML.DLL
  • T8RES.DLL - MainResource Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • a9SrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Assistant BHO' with the class of {d3d15c2d-c893-4df4-8979-0afedbb7f4b2}.
  • a9bar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {c9356c23-e3f1-4582-8863-ce9c5bee7449}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • a9bar.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • a9bar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'FindYourMaps' with the class of {cc4badad-f6a0-45e2-b538-a7c49acbf6c5}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • a9SrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {482c2143-8424-417c-be8e-a3e5e3471434} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
  • a9bar.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with a class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • a9bar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'FindYourMaps' with a class of {CC4BADAD-F6A0-45E2-B538-A7C49ACBF6C5}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NPa9Stub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]_a9.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]_a9.com/Plugin' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MySearchDial' (runs daily at 6:21 PM).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named OnlineMapFinder AppIntegrator 64-bit_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named OnlineMapFinder AppIntegrator 32-bit_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
Service
  • a9barsvc.exe runs as a service named 'WebfettiService' (Webfetti_52Service).
3 Startup Files (User Run)
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PowerSuite' and executes as "C:\Program Files1\Uniblue\POWERS~1\launcher.exe" delay 20000 -m.
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Hoolapp Android' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\HOOLAP~1\Hoolapp.exe" /Minimized.
  • a9SrchMn.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Hoolapp Android' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\HOOLAP~1\Hoolapp.exe" /Minimized.
8 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • a9medint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SuddenlyMusic Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\SUDDEN~2\bar\2.bin\93srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'KnowtheBible Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\BIBLET~2\bar\1.bin\4lsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MergeDocsOnline AppIntegrator 64-bit' which loads as C:\Program Files2\MERGED~2\bar\2.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe.
  • a9bar.dll is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MapsGalaxy' which loads as rundll32 C:\Program Files1\MAPSGA~2\bar\1.bin\39bar.dll,S.
  • a9barsvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DailyBibleGuide Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\DAILYB~2\bar\1.bin\2vsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • a9SrchMn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BetterCareerSearch Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files1\BETTER~2\bar\1.bin\2bsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • Plus 2 more
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • a9SrchMn.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'YTBChrInst' which loads as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Temp\1391325400\ChromeHelperProc.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

a9brmon64.exe
Memory:1.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00001954%
0.016088% average
CPU cycles/sec:380
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher 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 LocalCrimeWatcher 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 LocalCrimeWatcher 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.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win XP 8%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 71%
Keep it 29%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.33%
Windows 8 33.33%
Windows XP 8.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.67%
Windows 8.1 25.00%
Windows 8 8.33%
Windows 7 Professional 8.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

95.24% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 95.24%
  Canada 4.76%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 25.00%
Acer 25.00%
Toshiba 16.67%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 8.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite C875D 8.33%
HP-Pavilion BK428AA-ABA s... 8.33%
Hewlett-Packard p6-2220t 8.33%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 8.33%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 8.33%

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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