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PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar

What is PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar?

PetsHarmony 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)

When using the Mindspark Homepage located at Home.Mindspark.com, you will have the ability to add certain widgets to customize your homepage. Users who have the My Web Search toolbar may also be able to add widgets directly to their toolbar. The widgets available on the Mindspark Homepage are provided by one or more th...  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 5bBar.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 11.77 MB (12,336,879 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
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar.
5bBar.dll (ec7a284938217281d4c0997dbf9ab8d7) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140422 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3497 Zango
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14422 Adware.Win32.Toolbar.45
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7153 Artemis!EC7A28493821
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7153 Artemis!EC7A28493821
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.112 TROJ_GEN.F47V0308
VIPRE Antivirus 28194 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
5bSrchMn.exe (fb85f333d10b1475650c4304f99a1ece) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 Trojan/Win32.Generic
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Skodna.Generic.AOF
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Cloddd7.Trojan.8c0b
Dr.Web Adware.MyWebSearch.47
ESET-NOD32 9262 Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.W
K7 AntiVirus 9.175.10766 Trojan ( 0047e1181 )
K7GW 9.175.10766 Trojan ( 0047e1181 )
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.57029 Trojan.Win32.MyWebSearch.crhhqy
nProtect 2014-01-08.01 Trojan/W32.Agent.44784.D
VIPRE Antivirus 25210 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
5bmedint.exe (afb7164d26ec83773352b226b9b80bb9) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Toolbar.45
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!AFB7164D26EC
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!AFB7164D26EC
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.59048 Trojan.Win32.FUbu2.cudmon
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 28194 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
AppIntegrator64.exe (f6dc4156b10629b1bcb37152d3523326) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Dr.Web Adware.MyWebSearch.47
ESET-NOD32 9268 Win64/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.A
K7 AntiVirus 9.175.10781 Trojan ( 004703fc1 )
K7GW 9.175.10786 Trojan ( 004703fc1 )
nProtect 2014-01-08.02 Adware/W32.Agent.548936
Rising Antivirus 25.0.0.11 PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.14B467E4!347367396
VIPRE Antivirus 25246 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
5bSrcAs.dll (580bda1caa4dc12fa37b665540cd13b3) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Toolbar.71
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!580BDA1CAA4D
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!580BDA1CAA4D
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0311
VIPRE Antivirus 28194 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
5bbrmon.exe (35d6caaa9e4d82974a74dbdb53801f98) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 Trojan/win32.agent.gen
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 AdInstaller.FunWeb
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Clodc29.Trojan.ff33
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.38
ESET-NOD32 9264 Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.W
VIPRE Antivirus 25220 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
5bbarsvc.exe (7e06d26fe4b8e771594d22ae7b8ee94e) has been flagged by the following 7 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.Clod500.Trojan.5533
Dr.Web Adware.MyWebSearch.47
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1012
VIPRE Antivirus 25188 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
       View all 60 all detections
PetsHarmony 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 PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin\5bBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="PetsHarmony_5b" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 11.77 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:5bBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin\5bBar.dll
MD5:ec7a284938217281d4c0997dbf9ab8d7
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) 5bbar.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • 5bhighin.exe - MindSpark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Run a MindSpark DLL as an App)
  • 5bmedint.exe
  • 5bregfft.dll
  • 5bregiet.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform
  • 5bhkstub.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector Stub
  • 5breghk.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector
  • (Malware detected) 5bSrcAs.dll - MindSpark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer (MindSpark Search Assistant)
  • (Malware detected) 5bSrchMn.exe - MindSpark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • 5bsrchmr.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • NP5bStub.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub (MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • 5bPlugin.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin (MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin for 32-bit Windows)
  • 5bauxstb.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform
  • 5bauxstb64.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform
  • 5bbprtct.dll
  • 5bdlghk.dll
  • 5bdlghk64.dll
  • 5bieovr.dll
  • 5bradio.dll - MindSpark Radio
  • (Malware detected) 5bbarsvc.exe - ()
  • (Malware detected) 5bbrmon.exe - VER_ (VER_DESCRIPTION)
  • 5bbrstub.dll
  • 5bfeedmg.dll
  • 5bhtmlmu.dll
  • 5bmlbtn.dll
  • 5bscript.dll
  • 5bskin.dll - Toolbar Messages (Skin Tools)
  • 5bdatact.dll - Data Control ( Data Control)
  • 5bhttpct.dll - (" HTTP Control)
  • 5bidle.dll - Idle Monitor
  • 5bskplay.exe - Skin Player
  • (Malware detected) AppIntegrator64.exe
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • BOOTSTRAP.JS
  • CREXT.DLL
  • CrExtP5b.exe
  • DPNMNGR.DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • 5bSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Assistant BHO' with the class of {c3ff6e48-4d2c-4f65-8d96-d168b36d8043}.
  • 5bbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {0034a545-179d-4205-ba5a-e436cb080fb2}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • 5bbar.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • 5bbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'HappinessInfusion' with the class of {c4f4c41d-25a3-4b36-9878-d03c491c45dc}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • 5bSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {67caccf8-d059-4e1b-a6c4-7e9746cab185} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • 5bbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'PetsHarmony' with a class of {DC257D0D-F11B-4312-BB34-EE22EA4BA68A}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NP5bStub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]_5b.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]_5b.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).
Service
  • 5bbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'HappinessInfusion Service' (HappinessInfusion_5wService).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • 5bbrmon.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'ctfmon.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files3\rundll32.exe C:\Program Files3\lni28.dat,FG00.
  • 5bSrchMn.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.
6 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • 5bmedint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HeadlineAlley Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\HEADLI~2\bar\2.bin\29srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MapsGalaxy Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\MAPSGA~2\bar\1.bin\39srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • 5bbrmon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PetsHarmony_5b Browser Plugin Loader' which loads as C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin\5bbrmon.exe.
  • 5bSrchMn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HappinessInfusion Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\HAPPIN~2\bar\1.bin\5wsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • 5bbar.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.
  • 5bbarsvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Utility Chest Home Page Guard 32 bit' which loads as "C:\ARCHIV~1\UTILIT~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator.exe".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run Once)
  • 5bbrmon.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ConnecitfyTemp c' which loads as cmd /Q /C "rmdir /S /Q C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Temp\Connectify\c".
  • 5bSrchMn.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

5bhighin.exe
Memory:2.15 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0020603325%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00137664%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00068370%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:7,200
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:13 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:669 Bytes
105.02 KB average
5bmedint.exe
Memory:2.25 MB
Total CPU:0.0011411218%
Kernel CPU:0.00073377%
User CPU:0.00040735%
CPU cycles/sec:2,741
I/O reads/min:30 Bytes
I/O writes/min:9 Bytes
5bSrchMn.exe
Memory:925.71 KB
Total CPU:0.0001043500%
Kernel CPU:0.00009643%
User CPU:0.00000792%
CPU cycles/sec:3,456
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes

How do I remove PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall PetsHarmony 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 PetsHarmony 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 PetsHarmony 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 PetsHarmony Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 8 29%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.43%
Windows 8 28.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 57.14%
Windows 8.1 28.57%
Windows 7 Enterprise 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

94.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 94.12%
  United Kingdom 5.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Toshiba 16.67%
Lenovo 16.67%
Dell 16.67%
Acer 16.67%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L840D 16.67%
LENOVO 10120 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard p6716f 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard p6-2176s 16.67%
Gateway DX4822 16.67%
Dell OptiPlex 320 ... 16.67%

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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