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74% remove it26% keep it
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VersionDistribution 66.67% 33.33%

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Playfin Toolbar

What is Playfin Toolbar?

Playfin 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. In Chrome however, the toolbar will actually inject itself directly in the HTML of the web pages the user is browsing by create a custom iFrame and loading its code directly into the browser. 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.

From the Privacy Policy: "Browsing Data about your web browsing is collected and analyzed by the Value Apps platform in real time, and it may include the web page that you are currently visiting and the content therein. This information may be used by us to trigger the relevant Apps you enabled, and we may share such information with our Partners so our Partners or us, as applicable according to the App provider, can suggest services or provide you with offers that may be relevant to you."


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is tbPlay.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. It also bundles additional software in the form of the Conduit Engine, which installs a potentially unwanted toolbar, and makes homepage and default search engine changes to a user's web browser. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 4.85 MB (5,084,206 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Playfin Toolbar.
tbPlay.dll (73406fa9287b36ca4163797c73a2cd04) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.9267 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
VIPRE Antivirus 25244 Conduit (fs)
prxtbPlay.dll (4c163bd2a5905d18893ee311608e8c54) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 10172 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.O
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 31726 Conduit (fs)
PlayfinToolbarHelper.exe (da11d78d765e4b8fa4cfa5a37e8a94ff) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 10301 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3. PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
ldrtbPlay.dll (5b9b1f88e9a9dcd1b1699b192aca297e) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9264 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 25216 Conduit (fs)
       View all 14 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Playfin
URL: Playfin.OurToolbar.com
Help link: Playfin.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\playfin
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Playfin\uninstall.exe toolbar
Estimated size: 4.85 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 Playfin.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 Playfin Toolbar

Program module:tbPlay.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\playfin\tbPlay.dll
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) ldrtbPlay.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) prxtbPlay.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbPlay.dll
  • (Malware detected) PlayfinToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarH Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbPlay.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).
2 Internet Explorer Bars
  • prxtbPlay.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
  • tbPlay.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'mako LIVE Findbar' with a class of {E4FBCEE4-B3B5-4FD1-933E-98130DB1E104}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbPlay.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'SmileBox FR Toolbar' with the class of {b7d54bce-e88e-4dc7-b80a-79553597b083}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbPlay.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'SmileBox FR Toolbar' with a class of {b7d54bce-e88e-4dc7-b80a-79553597b083} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbPlay.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'SmileBox FR Toolbar' with a class of {B7D54BCE-E88E-4DC7-B80A-79553597B083}.
Scheduled Task
  • PlayfinToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{34C01E1F-1D33-4264-8F52-97E13432C5E2}' (runs on registration).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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 Playfin Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Playfin 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 Playfin 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 Playfin 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 Playfin 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 Playfin Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win Vista (SP2) 67%
Win 7 (SP1) 33%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 66.67%
Windows 7 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 66.67%
Windows 7 Professional 33.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

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

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 66.67%
Gateway 33.33%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard SLIC-CPC 33.33%
HP G60 Notebook PC 33.33%
Gateway Gateway M36... 33.33%

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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