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82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
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Versions

VersionDistribution
6.10.2.5 100.00%

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PTINdirectory Toolbar

What is PTINdirectory Toolbar?

PTINdirectory Toolbar is a Conduit distributed toolbar built on the community toolbar platform which provides potentially unwanted 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 adware 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.

About  (from Conduit)

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 ...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • This toolbar is distributed via Conduit (potentially unwanted)
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PTINdirectory Toolbar.
tbPTIN.dll (3549ca5e8809ff9be5f7216d4fbb7443) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.Stranact
VIPRE Antivirus 21724 Conduit (fs)
prxtbPTIN.dll (4c163bd2a5905d18893ee311608e8c54) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.16 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 10172 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.O
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 31726 Conduit (fs)
PTINdirectoryToolbarHelper.exe (da11d78d765e4b8fa4cfa5a37e8a94ff) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 10301 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.7.5.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
ldrtbPTIN.dll (d97b0ea326ac79a8558ff54b51397579) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9075 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 23572 Conduit (fs)
       View all 14 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: PTINdirectory
URL: PTINdirectory.OurToolbar.com
Help link: PTINdirectory.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ptindirectory
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PTINdirectory\uninstall.exe toolbar
Estimated size: 4.86 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 PTINdirectory.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 PTINdirectory Toolbar

Program module:tbPTIN.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\ptindirectory\tbPTIN.dll
MD5:3549ca5e8809ff9be5f7216d4fbb7443
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:
  • uninstall.exe - Conduit Engine Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbPTIN.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) prxtbPTIN.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbPTIN.dll
  • (Malware detected) PTINdirectoryToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarH Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbPTIN.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).
Internet Explorer Bar
  • prxtbPTIN.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbPTIN.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with the class of {8e319c1c-b993-4bf3-9aab-b4455476652e}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbPTIN.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.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbPTIN.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'ViralinBox Toolbar' with a class of {8E319C1C-B993-4BF3-9AAB-B4455476652E}.
Scheduled Task
  • PTINdirectoryToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{34C01E1F-1D33-4264-8F52-97E13432C5E2}' (runs on registration).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

PTINdirectoryToolbarHelper.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 PTINdirectory Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove PTINdirectory 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 PTINdirectory 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 PTINdirectory 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 PTINdirectory 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 PTINdirectory Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%
 
MOST USED OS
~99%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

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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