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Should I remove SecretSauce?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,821
United States Rank #13,079
Reach 0.1084%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.68 days
196.95 days >
Average installed length: 103.48 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2014.01.29.231259 0.57%
2014.01.28.010740 3.57%
2014.01.25.032321 4.57%
2014.01.17.055843 9.86%
2014.01.10.194421 6.29%
2013.12.07.011955 53.57%
2013.11.23.005354 0.14%
2013.11.13.200710 21.43%

SecretSauce

What is SecretSauce?

This toolbar/web browser extension is ad/search-supported that is typically installed as an optional offer, users generally have this bundled with 3rd party software. During setup, this toolbar will modify the home page and new tab pages to an affiliate search portal using a primary search engine in order to collect shared search revenue. It will also modify the default search provider as well.

"The Software is supported by various types of advertising, including, without limitation, search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page ads. Ads and features that appear on websites by using the Software are not associated with or endorsed by any underlying websites."

Overview

The most common release is 2013.12.07.011955, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named SecretSauceBHO.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 1009.09 KB (1,033,304 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • 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
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SecretSauce.
SecretSauceBHO.dll (515dd712b8dc397be286fc17e509d5d2) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 AdWare/Win32.Agent
AVG 2015.0.3598 MalSign.Secsau
Comodo Security 17554 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web 9.0.0.011 Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8.9252 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 1/11/2014 Adware/Agent
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
Jiangmin KV140111 Adware/Agent.jaw
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10735 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.175.10735 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky 14.0.0.4484 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
Malwarebytes v2014.01.11.04 PUP.Optional.SecretSauce.A
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!515DD712B8DC
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!515DD712B8DC
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.57029 Riskware.Win32.Agent.cqvnby
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1120
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.24.3 AdWare.Agent
updateSecretSauce.exe (7952ec5ae7d262de0410a03de842093e) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 Trojan/Win32.TSGeneric
AVG 14.0.0.3986 Secsau.483
AVware 1.5.0.16 Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.BH
ESET-NOD32 10201 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 AdWare.WebCake
K7 AntiVirus 9.182.12945 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.182.12945 Trojan ( 020000001 )
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.Kranet.heur
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.SecretSauce.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!7952EC5AE7D2
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013.2 Artemis!7952EC5AE7D2
Sophos 4.98.0 SecretSauce
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Trojan.ADH.2
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0608
VIPRE Antivirus 31912 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 33 all detections
SecretSauce 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: SecretSauce
URL: secretsauce.biz/support
Help link: mailto:support@secretsauce.biz
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\SecretSauce
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SecretSauce\SecretSauceuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1009.09 KB

Program filesFiles installed by SecretSauce

Program module:SecretSauceBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Name:SecretSauce
Path:C:\Program Files\SecretSauce\SecretSauceBHO.dll
MD5:515dd712b8dc397be286fc17e509d5d2
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) SecretSauceBHO.dll - SecretSauce
  • (Malware detected) updateSecretSauce.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SecretSauceBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SecretSauce' with the class of {0ffd0ef2-dbe9-483a-80c4-d2c331da1ce4}.
Service
  • updateSecretSauce.exe runs as a service named 'Update SecretSauce' (Update SecretSauce).

How do I remove SecretSauce?

Quickly and completely remove SecretSauce 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 SecretSauce 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 SecretSauce, 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 SecretSauce.
  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 SecretSauce you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#5,821

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.49%
Windows 8 33.10%
Windows XP 6.56%
Windows Vista 2.85%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.00%
Windows 7 Professional 10.00%
Windows 8 9.71%
Windows 8.1 8.14%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 14.06%
  Italy 10.06%
  India 4.79%
  Egypt 3.51%
  Israel 3.51%
  Greece 3.19%
  MA 3.19%
  Saudi Arabia 3.04%
  Australia 2.72%
  United Kingdom 2.72%
  Belgium 2.40%
  Romania 2.40%
  France 1.92%
  Hungary 1.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.93%
Acer 19.01%
Dell 12.60%
ASUS 11.98%
Toshiba 8.68%
Samsung 6.40%
GIGABYTE 5.37%
Lenovo 3.72%
Intel 1.65%
Sony 1.03%
American Megatrends 0.62%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.50%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.75%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.92%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.92%
HP 650 Notebook PC 2.50%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.50%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com

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TurtleShroom10 months ago
Truth be told, I think the name, icon, and delivery methods are creative. If they didn't slow down my browser so terribly, I'd have kept them.