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Should I remove Protected Toolbar for IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #35,392
United States Rank #25,304
Reach 0.0036%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.55 days
340.65 days >
Average installed length: 178.98 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.17.2.8 76.00%
6.17.1.25 6.00%
6.17.0.33 16.00%
6.16.2.2 2.00%

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Protected Toolbar for IE

What is Protected Toolbar for IE?

Protected Toolbar for IE is a Conduit Connect toolbar for Internet Explorer. This toolbar runs as a web browser extension and Browser Helper Object and is distributed using the Conduit/Perion monetization platform. Although this software is typically installed as an optional offer, users generally have this bundled with 3rd party software. During setup, this IE toolbar will modify the home page and new tab pages to a Conduit controlled search portal using Bing as the primary search engine. It will also modify the default search provider to uses Bing as well.

From the License: "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 the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including your Browser's built-in search box, if applicable, and address bar; Allowing software updates of the Conduit Software once a new version is released and the ability to send you notifications. Allowing Conduit access to information contained on your social network account and/or site (which you must explicitly and separately opt in to)."

About  (from Conduit)

Each Conduit Software includes a new search box for your use and enjoyment. In addition, while installing the Conduit Software, you may voluntarily opt to change your home page, other search-related preferences, add components, receive notifications and offers, or enable other features provided to you by the Publisher ...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • 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 Protected Toolbar for IE.
ProtectedToolbarHelper.exe (943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17313 Application.Win32.Conduit.~f
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0166 Adware.Toolbar.202
Malwarebytes v2013.11.22.02 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 23610 Conduit (fs)
tbProt.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
prxtbPro0.dll (02d550437bd96f4b2add86fd4073e60e) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit!
Dr.Web 7.00.9.04080 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9726 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28606 Conduit (fs)
prxtbProt.dll (480994ae776f86dc885fd654665ebdfa) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit!
Dr.Web 7.00.8.02260 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9631 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 27980 Conduit (fs)
       View all 20 all detections
Protected Toolbar for IE 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 Protected Toolbar for IE.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Protected
URL: Protected.OurToolbar.com
Help link: Protected.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\conduit\ie\ct3309762
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Conduit\IE\CT3309762\UninstallerUI.exe -ctid=CT3309762 -toolbarName=Protected -toolbarEnv=conduit -type=IE
Estimated size: 1.69 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 Protected.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 Protected Toolbar for IE

Program executable:ProtectedToolbarHelper.exe (Malware detected)
Name:ToolbarHelper Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Protected\ProtectedToolbarHelper.exe
MD5:943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e
Additional files:
  • UninstallerUI.exe - 1.4.0.1
  • hk64tbProt.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbProt.dll
  • ldrtbProt.dll
  • (Malware detected) ProtectedToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) tbProt.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbProt.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbPro0.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbPro0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with the class of {16bb67e0-6319-4077-be84-f41269e051f3} (Produtools Manuals).
  • prxtbProt.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with the class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366} (Penny Stock Conspiracy).
Internet Explorer Bar
  • prxtbProt.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Connect DLC 5 Findbar' with a class of {8FEB0551-B256-479B-92E1-C927F89DC71E}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbPro0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with the class of {16bb67e0-6319-4077-be84-f41269e051f3}.
  • prxtbProt.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with the class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbPro0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Faceless Toolbar' with a class of {f1f60d48-e7be-4b15-b567-12de9d47b58e} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • prxtbProt.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with a class of {7e2496f7-bc9a-446e-9426-1d1615641366} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
2 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbPro0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with a class of {16BB67E0-6319-4077-BE84-F41269E051F3}.
  • prxtbProt.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Penny Stock Conspiracy Toolbar' with a class of {7E2496F7-BC9A-446E-9426-1D1615641366}.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ProtectedToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove Protected Toolbar for IE?

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Or, you can uninstall Protected Toolbar for IE 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 Protected Toolbar for IE, 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 Protected Toolbar for IE.
  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 Protected Toolbar for IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.00%
Windows 8 38.00%
Windows XP 2.00%
Windows Vista 2.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.00%
Windows 8.1 28.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.00%
Windows 8 6.00%
Windows 7 Professional 4.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 2.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.08%
  Canada 33.85%
  France 1.54%
  Saudi Arabia 1.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.00%
Toshiba 14.00%
ASUS 12.00%
Dell 10.00%
Lenovo 10.00%
Acer 8.00%
Sony 4.00%
GIGABYTE 2.00%
American Megatrends 2.00%
Gateway 2.00%
Common models
ASUSTeK X502CA 4.00%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.00%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.00%
Toshiba PX35t-A 2.00%
LENOVO 10685LU 2.00%
HP Pavilion TS 14 Sleekbo... 2.00%

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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