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Should I remove Soft-Search Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #49,899
Reach 0.0015%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.29 days
509.96 days >
Average installed length: 267.94 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.9.0.16 9.52%
6.8.10.0 4.76%
6.3.3.3 4.76%
6.3.2.17 9.52%
6.15.0.27 4.76%
6.12.0.516 4.76%
6.11.2.6 4.76%

Other programs by Conduit

Soft-Search Toolbar

What is Soft-Search Toolbar?

Installs a Conduit powered OurToolbar in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox web browsers. The software collects and stores information about your web browsing and sends this information to OurToolbar so they can suggest services or provide ads via the toolbar. Soft-Search Toolbar will attempt to change your home page and search provider if you are not careful during installation and provides a search box and various other generic features in the toolbar.

About  (from Conduit)

This community toolbar was created using the Conduit platform. Get our freshest content delivered directly to your browser, no matter where you are on the Web. Search the Web and get a wide choice of useful search engines. Choose from thousands of free apps for your browser. Receive our most important news and announce...  Read more

Overview

The most used version is 6.9.0.16, with over 16% of all installations currently using this version. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. 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 57 files and is usually about 18.11 MB (18,994,367 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • 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 Soft-Search Toolbar.
tbSof2.dll (1a8438854dd15e4389f5bdef502c369d) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 4.0.3.15817 Adware.Win32.Conduit.Y
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0229 Adware.Conduit.299
ESET-NOD32 7.11614 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B potentially unwanted
Panda Antivirus 15.08.17.12 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 40170 Conduit (fs)
prxtbSof0.dll (c89d9c80fd468c6b51c4aadcc8463c2d) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10643 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/Toolbar_Conduit
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 34366 Conduit (fs)
Soft-SearchToolbarHelper1.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 25 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe (da11d78d765e4b8fa4cfa5a37e8a94ff) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 10301 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
G Data 24 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.7.5.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
tbSof1.dll (2833a262ca362ee3695cacd0580aa707) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
ESET-NOD32 10757 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 34978 Conduit (fs)
tbSof0.dll (e4cc410bd005958125cd87c5f6e66371) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.Stranact.yycu
ESET-NOD32 9577 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 27650 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbSof0.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)
uninstall.exe (b728fa6a309e5d18141947b95b730e95) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26380 Conduit (fs)
       View all 36 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: softsearchtoolbar.ourtoolbar.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Soft-Search
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\SOFT-S~1\UNWISE.EXE /U C:\Program Files1\SOFT-S~1\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 18.11 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 softsearchtoolbar.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 Soft-Search Toolbar

Program executable:Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe
Name:ToolbarH Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Soft-Search\Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe
MD5:7c2af64cb81aee56a9e6ec465eb6cae1
Additional files:
  • tbSof0.dll - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update (Conduit Toolbar)
  • tbSof1.dll
  • (Malware detected) Soft-SearchToolbarHelper1.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • hk64tbSof0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbSof0.dll
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbSof0.dll
  • (Malware detected) ldrtbSof2.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSof0.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSof2.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbSof2.dll
  • tbSoft.dll
  • (Malware detected) Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarH Application
  • UninstallerUI.exe - 1.0.0.0
  • UNWISE.EXE

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbSof0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} (TV Bar 2).
  • tbSof0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Download-DE Toolbar' with the class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463}.
  • tbSof1.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Softonic-IT Toolbar' with the class of {e3393495-8103-46a0-8181-270273eddd60}.
  • tbSof2.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Conduit Engine' with the class of {30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}.
  • tbSoft.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Soft-Search Toolbar' with the class of {09e55ba0-f9c6-4b81-82df-46853f6f7b3f}.
3 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbSof0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Softonic France FF Findbar' with a class of {EC99436A-C0E6-4FFA-915D-132E669B3936}.
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Vuze Remote Findbar' with a class of {644597E7-96EC-4DC8-BDE1-D150A08E8D92}.
  • tbSof2.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Conduit Engine Findbar' with a class of {DCDF6BF6-9C20-4DEE-8B9A-56D0231330CD}.
5 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbSof0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b}.
  • tbSof0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Download-DE Toolbar' with the class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463}.
  • tbSof2.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with the class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f}.
  • tbSof1.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Softonic-IT Toolbar' with the class of {e3393495-8103-46a0-8181-270273eddd60}.
  • tbSoft.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Soft-Search Toolbar' with the class of {09e55ba0-f9c6-4b81-82df-46853f6f7b3f}.
5 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbSof0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSof0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Download-DE Toolbar' with a class of {822e7427-5855-4592-8ea9-3f6fff633463} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSof1.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Softonic-IT Toolbar' with a class of {e3393495-8103-46a0-8181-270273eddd60} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSof2.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'DVDVideoSoft Toolbar' with a class of {e9911ec6-1bcc-40b0-9993-e0eea7f6953f} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSoft.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Soft-Search Toolbar' with a class of {09e55ba0-f9c6-4b81-82df-46853f6f7b3f} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
5 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75E0046F-2275-4BCE-9AFD-D8DA19ABDF0B}.
  • tbSof0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Download-DE Toolbar' with a class of {822E7427-5855-4592-8EA9-3F6FFF633463}.
  • tbSof1.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Softonic-IT Toolbar' with a class of {E3393495-8103-46A0-8181-270273EDDD60}.
  • tbSof2.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Conduit Engine' with a class of {30F9B915-B755-4826-820B-08FBA6BD249D}.
  • tbSoft.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Soft-Search Toolbar' with a class of {09E55BA0-F9C6-4B81-82DF-46853F6F7B3F}.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{E8CCBD57-E682-48BE-98A5-8B1BF164ACDD}' (runs on registration).
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • Soft-SearchToolbarHelper1.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Service
  • UNWISE.EXE runs as a service named 'Browser System Enahncer' (671c50b0).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • UNWISE.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\UNWISE.EXE'.
  • Soft-SearchToolbarHelper1.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Soft-SearchToolbarHelper.exe
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 Soft-Search Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Soft-Search 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 Soft-Search 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 Soft-Search 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 Soft-Search 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 Soft-Search Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 8 5%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.90%
Windows XP 19.05%
Windows Vista 14.29%
Windows 8 4.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 19.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.29%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.76%
Windows 7 Professional 4.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 18.18%
  Netherlands 18.18%
  Italy 13.64%
  MA 9.09%
  Iran 4.55%
  Germany 4.55%
  United Kingdom 4.55%
  Spain 4.55%
  Croatia 4.55%
  Canada 4.55%
  DZ 4.55%
  Colombia 4.55%
  Indonesia 4.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 36.84%
Hewlett-Packard 15.79%
Lenovo 10.53%
Sahara 10.53%
Toshiba 10.53%
Compaq 5.26%
Dell 5.26%
Sony 5.26%
Common models
Packard Bell imedia S3800 11.11%
eMachines eMachines G725 5.56%
MICRO-STAR INTERANTIONAL ... 5.56%
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook ... 5.56%
Packard Bell imedia S1800 5.56%
LENOVO 20150 5.56%

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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