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Should I remove Penny Bee?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,276
United States Rank #27,351
Reach 0.0065%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.92 days
174.52 days >
Average installed length: 91.69 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
3.0.0.0 73.63%
1.1.0.15 26.37%

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Penny Bee

What is Penny Bee?

PennyBee is an advertising supported (adware) extension that runs in the context of the user's web browser as well as a process in the background. This adware program is typically bundled by a third-party download manager which bundles potentially unwanted software offers in order to monetize installs. Once running, the software is designed to deliver advertisements to the browser in a number of common formats such as banner, text hyper-links, inline text ads and/or transitional. These ads are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the underlying website on which they appear. Many banners are either injected in the header or footer of the web page or simply replace any legitimate ads the web site already has. Many of the advertisements are considered malvertising since they promote products that could cause harm to the user's PC. A typical promotion is for additional software downloads (including adware and bundlers) as well as price comparison and search ads. In some cases, ad placements may contain links to further information about the ad (by clicking the "Ads by PennyBee ".)

Additionally, PennyBee communicates with a remote server in order to report back the browsing habits of the user as well as URLs and domains the browser visits so that it can update its advertisements. In some cases, PennyBee's uninstaller will not function properly or will not remove the entire contents of the program and ads may still appear even after removal.

Overview

The most common release is 3.0.0.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named pennybee.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 1.34 MB (1,404,726 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Penny Bee.
wpennybeed.exe (b6a3f1bb150d1df4494361a9d1e3840c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140807 Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk]
G Data 14.8.24 Win32.Trojan.Agent.WO6YRN
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/RootKit.Rootkit.7e5
Rising Antivirus 23.00.65.14805 PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.170C13F4!386667508
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.219 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0724
pennybee.exe (79770c02c58f8a7edcdc273e7118a819) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web 7.0.9.4080 Trojan.Lyrics.150
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0719
Penny Bee has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: pennybee
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\pennybee
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\pennybee\Uninstaller.exe /ga=1503
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 1.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Penny Bee

Program executable:pennybee.exe
Name:Penny Bee
Path:C:\ProgramData\pennybee\pennybee.exe
MD5:3e01a07597677e78805a1947e0b52a8e
Additional files:
  • Uninstaller.exe (by pennybee) - Installer (Main Installer)
  • pennybeeutil.dll (by Penny Bee Agent) - Penny Bee
  • wpennybeed.exe (by Penny Bee Agent)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • pennybee.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Tempo Runner'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • pennybee.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named pennybee Runner.
2 Services
  • wpennybeed.exe runs as a service named 'wpennybeed' (wpennybeed).
  • pennybee.exe runs as a service named 'pennybee' (pennybee).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • pennybee.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\pennybee\pennybee.exe'.

How do I remove Penny Bee?

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Or, you can uninstall Penny Bee 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 Penny Bee, 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 Penny Bee.
  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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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 47%
Win XP 1%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.54%
Windows 8 32.97%
Windows XP 4.40%
Windows Vista 1.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.26%
Windows 8.1 14.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.19%
Windows 7 Professional 6.59%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.40%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.29%
  Brazil 30.39%
  India 6.86%
  Germany 4.90%
  Vietnam 3.92%
  Poland 3.92%
  Portugal 1.96%
  Italy 1.96%
  United Kingdom 1.96%
  Thailand 0.98%
  Norway 0.98%
  Russia 0.98%
  Sweden 0.98%
  Austria 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.50%
Acer 29.17%
Dell 16.67%
GIGABYTE 6.25%
Toshiba 4.17%
American Megatrends 4.17%
Gateway 2.08%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.50%
Acer Aspire E1-522 2.50%
Dell Inspiron 3421 2.50%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.50%
Dell Inspiron 3520 2.50%
HP G42 Notebook PC 2.50%

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