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Should I remove MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
70% remove it30% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #48,991
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MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar

Overview

MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar is a software program developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. 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. The primary executable is named ebBar.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 46 files and is usually about 9.69 MB (10,158,652 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 8. While about 84% of users of MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • 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 MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar.
ebBar.dll (9bd7fb08514a6213b89f6969e31030e5) has been flagged by the following 21 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.MyWebSearch
AhnLab-V3 2015.08.13 PUP/Win32.MyWebSearch
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 RiskWare[WebToolbar]/Win32.MyWebSearch.si
avast! 2014.9-150816 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2016.0.3015 MyWebSearch
AVware 1.5.0.21 MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International 4.0.3.15816 Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.bQ
Bkav FE 1.3.0.7062 W32.HfsAdware
Cyren 5.4.16.7 W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen!Eldorado
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0228 Adware.MyWebSearch.82
ESET-NOD32 9.12086 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AS potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/16/2015 Riskware/MyWebSearch
F-Prot v6.4.7.1.166 W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen
G Data 15.8.25 Win32.Adware.Mindspark
Kaspersky 14.0.0.1571 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch
Malwarebytes v2015.08.16.07 PUP.Optional.Mindspark.A
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.30b
Rising Antivirus 23.00.65.15814 PE:Malware.MyWebSearch!6.1E62
SUPERAntiSpyware 9687 PUP.MindSpark/Variant
VIPRE Antivirus 42842 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya 2.0.0.2351 Adware.MyWebSearch.Win32.1702
ebSrcAs.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
ebmedint.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
ebbarsvc.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)
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MetroHotspot_eb\bar\2.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\MetroHotspot_eb\bar\2.bin\ebBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="MetroHotspot_eb" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 9.69 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:ebBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\MetroHotspot_eb\bar\2.bin\ebBar.dll
MD5:9bd7fb08514a6213b89f6969e31030e5
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) APPINTEGRATOR.EXE - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • (Malware detected) AppIntegrator64.exe
  • APPINTEGRATORSTUB.DLL
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • ASSISTMONITOR.DLL
  • ASSISTMONITOR64.DLL
  • CREXT.DLL
  • CrExtPeb.exe
  • DPNMNGR.DLL
  • (Malware detected) ebbar.dll
  • (Malware detected) ebbarsvc.exe
  • ebbprtct.dll
  • ebdatact.dll
  • ebdlghk.dll
  • ebdlghk64.dll
  • ebfeedmg.dll
  • ebhighin.exe
  • ebhkstub.dll
  • ebhtmlmu.dll
  • ebhttpct.dll
  • ebidle.dll
  • (Malware detected) ebmedint.exe
  • ebmlbtn.dll
  • ebPlugin.dll
  • ebreghk.dll
  • ebregiet.dll
  • ebscript.dll
  • ebskin.dll
  • ebskplay.exe
  • (Malware detected) ebSrcAs.dll
  • HKFXMGR.DLL
  • HKFXMGR64.DLL
  • T8EPMSUP.DLL
  • T8EXTEX.DLL
  • T8EXTPEX.DLL
  • T8HTML.DLL
  • T8RES.DLL
  • T8TICKER.DLL
  • TOOLBARGUARD.DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • ebbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {fdeae01b-b015-4d75-a122-6250c871e77b}.
  • ebSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'HistoryBoss' with the class of {6f87ce93-f461-4476-8779-8826885f93e9}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • ebbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'MindDabble' with the class of {30ea28da-b2b8-4555-a80e-310d546d5f3d}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • ebSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {44e6287a-2bef-486c-9adc-fa623d270957} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • ebbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'MindDabble' with a class of {30EA28DA-B2B8-4555-A80E-310D546D5F3D}.
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
  • ebbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'MindDabbleService' (MindDabble_4pService).
2 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.
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FromDocToPDF AppIntegrator 32-bit' which loads as C:\Program Files2\FROMDO~1\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator.exe.
  • ebmedint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FromDocToPDF AppIntegrator 64-bit' which loads as C:\Program Files2\FROMDO~1\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe.
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FindYourMaps AppIntegrator 32-bit' which loads as C:\Program Files2\FINDYO~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator.exe.
  • ebbarsvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'My Scrap Nook Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\MYSCRA~2\bar\1.bin\12srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.

How do I remove MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove MetroHotspot 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 MetroHotspot 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 MetroHotspot 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 MetroHotspot 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 MetroHotspot Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 70%
Keep it 30%
 
MOST USED OS
~99%
Windows 8

Distribution by countryGeography

84.21% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.21%
  United Kingdom 15.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 57.14%
Dell 28.57%
ASUS 14.29%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 25.00%
HP 15 Notebook PC 12.50%
Hewlett-Packard 110-291ea 12.50%
Dell XPS 2720 12.50%
Dell Inspiron 580 12.50%
ASUSTeK X553MA 12.50%

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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