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What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,694
United States Rank #13,391
Reach 0.0140%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.35 days
364.46 days >
Average installed length: 191.49 days

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ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar

What is ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar?

ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar is a web browser extension that changes the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers. In order to provide search advertising revenue, the software is designed not only to modify the search provider but to protect it so that it remains the default browser search engine. It is typically installed via a bundled offer within a third-party software distribution. 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.

What the toolbar does:
- Change of the default search engine, including the Browser's built-in search box, and address bar.
- Change of the default Home Page and/or New Tabs, and protect your search settings.

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

By downloading the My Web Search Toolbar, you will be installing a toolbar in your Internet browser (and any supported email functions and instant messenger functions) with one or more of the following features provided by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.:
SEARCH BOX: This is a search box located within the toolb...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar.
6xBar.dll (0f7af2705ae6eb9f925b7838911fd4df) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140111 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3598 Zango
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Clod0a8.Trojan
Dr.Web 9.0.0.011 Adware.MyWebSearch.47
ESET-NOD32 8.9176 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.W
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Rising Antivirus 23.00.65.14109 PE:Malware.MyWebSearch!6.1DA
VIPRE Antivirus 24400 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
6xSrchMn.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)
6xmedint.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)
6xSrcAs.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)
6xbrmon.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)
6xbarsvc.exe (5d31f1103d9927dcb0e731dde36df2e7) 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
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Mindspark.71
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.AudioToAudioToolBar.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0309
VIPRE Antivirus 28506 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
NP6xStub.dll (7cf63dba7866b3a9ed13ec97838dac00) 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
ESET-NOD32 8990 Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.T
F-Prot 4.7.1.166 W32/Mywebsearch.H2.gen!Eldorado
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0827
VIPRE Antivirus 22894 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
       View all 67 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ReadingFanatic_6x\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\ReadingFanatic_6x\bar\1.bin\6xBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="ReadingFanatic_6x" uninstalltype="IE"
Estimated size: 8.57 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:6xBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\ReadingFanatic_6x\bar\1.bin\6xBar.dll
MD5:0f7af2705ae6eb9f925b7838911fd4df
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) 6xbar.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • 6xhighin.exe - MindSpark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Run a MindSpark DLL as an App)
  • 6xmedint.exe
  • 6xregfft.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform
  • 6xregiet.dll
  • T8EPMSUP.DLL
  • 6xhkstub.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector Stub
  • 6xreghk.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector
  • (Malware detected) 6xSrcAs.dll - MindSpark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer (MindSpark Search Assistant)
  • (Malware detected) 6xSrchMn.exe - MindSpark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • 6xsrchmr.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • (Malware detected) NP6xStub.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub (MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • T8HTML.DLL - MindSpark Toolbar Platform Html Player
  • 6xPlugin.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin (MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin for 32-bit Windows)
  • 6xauxstb.dll - MindSpark Toolbar Platform
  • 6xauxstb64.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform
  • 6xbprtct.dll
  • 6xdlghk.dll
  • 6xdlghk64.dll
  • 6xieovr.dll
  • 6xradio.dll - MindSpark Radio
  • T8TICKER.DLL - MindSpark Ticker
  • T8RES.DLL - MainResource Module
  • (Malware detected) 6xbarsvc.exe - ()
  • (Malware detected) 6xbrmon.exe - VER_ (VER_DESCRIPTION)
  • 6xbrstub.dll
  • 6xfeedmg.dll
  • 6xhtmlmu.dll
  • 6xmlbtn.dll
  • 6xscript.dll
  • 6xskin.dll - Toolbar Messages (Skin Tools)
  • 6xdatact.dll - Data Control ( Data Control)
  • 6xhttpct.dll - (" HTTP Control)
  • 6xidle.dll - Idle Monitor
  • 6xskplay.exe - Skin Player
  • (Malware detected) AppIntegrator64.exe
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • CREXT.DLL
  • CrExtP6x.exe
  • DPNMNGR.DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • NP6xStub.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'NP6xStub.dll'.
2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • 6xSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SoccerInferno' with the class of {73b8e1fd-331f-4c17-8613-8a3034d3b0ca}.
  • 6xbar.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
  • 6xbar.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • 6xbar.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
  • 6xSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {a24f3f59-1021-4e02-856c-99d9b4a03d83} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • 6xbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'YourVideoChat' with a class of {26E01BB3-6695-41EF-B93B-E8F6C86E0311}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NP6xStub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]_6x.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]_6x.com/Plugin' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • 6xmedint.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CEC2F177-6434-48CF-AEA5-AB1F3AD5E60A}' (runs on registration).
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MySearchDial' (runs daily at 6:21 PM).
  • 6xSrchMn.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MetaCrawler' (runs daily at 15:24).
Service
  • 6xbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'HappinessInfusion Service' (HappinessInfusion_5wService).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • 6xbrmon.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.
  • 6xSrchMn.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)
  • 6xbrmon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HowToSimplified Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\HOWTOS~2\bar\2.bin\8esrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • 6xmedint.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.
  • 6xSrchMn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PackageTracer_69 Browser Plugin Loader' which loads as C:\Program Files2\PACKAG~2\bar\1.bin\69brmon.exe.
  • 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.
  • 6xbar.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.
  • 6xbarsvc.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)
  • 6xbrmon.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".
  • 6xSrchMn.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

6xhighin.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
6xmedint.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
6xSrchMn.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 ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall ReadingFanatic 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 ReadingFanatic 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 ReadingFanatic 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.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by ReadingFanatic Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 3%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.13%
Windows 8 23.74%
Windows Vista 10.61%
Windows XP 2.53%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.62%
Windows 8.1 11.68%
Windows 7 Professional 9.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.12%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.61%
Windows 10 Home 4.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.39%
  United Kingdom 6.90%
  Australia 4.60%
  South Africa 3.45%
  Canada 2.30%
  India 2.30%
  Netherlands 1.92%
  Germany 1.15%
  Mexico 1.15%
  Malaysia 1.15%
  New Zealand 1.15%
  PR 1.15%
  Argentina 0.77%
  Belgium 0.77%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 19.15%
Toshiba 17.73%
Acer 16.31%
ASUS 2.84%
Lenovo 2.84%
GIGABYTE 2.13%
Gateway 2.13%
Intel 2.13%
American Megatrends 1.42%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.48%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.85%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 1.85%
Dell Inspiron 537s 1.85%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.85%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.85%

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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