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Softonic_Plus Toolbar

What is Softonic_Plus Toolbar?

Softonic Plus Toolbar is an Internet toolbar/plugin (for Internet Explorer it runs as a BHO, in Chrome and Firefox it will run as an extension) that plugs into the user's default web browser and will modify a number of settings such as taking control of the browser's search and home pages, new tab functionality as well as DNS 'not found' redirection. Additionally this potentially unwanted program will change some security settings of the browser that might also lower the overall security of the user's PC. This is done in order to allow the program to run uninterrupted. Should the user attempt to uninstall the software using the standard methods in Add/Remove Programs, only parts of this PUP will be uninstalled and some items such as the modified search and home pages may still point to an unwanted web page. Also to note as disclosed in the privacy policy, the program will track and report behaviors or the user while the plugin is installed including but not limited to the URLs and web pages the user visits as well as search terms and search results the user queries.

Overview

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 Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 9.9 MB (10,381,584 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Softonic_Plus Toolbar.
Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0103 Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 14.11.25 Win32.Adware.Conduit
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 14.01.11.10 PUP/Conduit.A
prxtbSof0.dll (b92293778555ce3dabe7f0a7e98b34c0) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.16 Conduit (fs)
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 32010 Conduit (fs)
tbSoft.dll (1fecf655218fdf7329bea67f519c8642) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9883 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 29878 Conduit (fs)
Softonic_Plus Toolbar 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 Softonic_Plus Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\softonic_plus
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Softonic_Plus\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 9.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Softonic_Plus Toolbar

Program executable:Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\softonic_plus\Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.exe
MD5:a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c
Additional files:
  • tbSof1.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update (Conduit Toolbar)
  • uninstall.exe (by Conduit) - Conduit Engine Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSof0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • tbSof0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbSoft.dll
  • Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper.exe
  • (Malware detected) Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.exe
  • UNWISE.EXE

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbSof0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with the class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc} (Ashampoo FR).
  • tbSoft.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Softonic Plus Toolbar' with the class of {2bf2c5cf-ae7b-4208-92bd-29912441a6a7}.
Internet Explorer Bar
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Vuze Remote Findbar' with a class of {644597E7-96EC-4DC8-BDE1-D150A08E8D92}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbSof0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with the class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc}.
  • tbSoft.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Softonic Plus Toolbar' with the class of {2bf2c5cf-ae7b-4208-92bd-29912441a6a7}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbSof0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Ashampoo FR Toolbar' with a class of {ba679afc-8ba0-48f4-b8bf-c144e8699fbc} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSoft.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Softonic Plus Toolbar' with a class of {2bf2c5cf-ae7b-4208-92bd-29912441a6a7} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
2 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV - Radio Online Toolbar' with a class of {BA44516F-6809-4875-AF60-43608689D7D5}.
  • tbSoft.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Free TV Bar Toolbar' with a class of {A0729639-D831-46C9-811B-9B0AA79FB45A}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{E8CCBD57-E682-48BE-98A5-8B1BF164ACDD}' (runs on registration).
  • Softonic_PlusToolbarHelper1.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).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • UNWISE.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\UNWISE.EXE'.

How do I remove Softonic_Plus Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall Softonic_Plus 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 Softonic_Plus 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 Softonic_Plus 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 Softonic_Plus Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 33%
Win 8 33%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 87%
Keep it 13%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.67%
Windows 8 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Enterprise 33.33%
Windows 7 Professional 33.33%
Windows 8 Pro 33.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.50%
  India 25.00%
  Malaysia 12.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 33.33%
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 33.33%
Common models
LENOVO 3156AS4 33.33%
HP ProBook 4320s 33.33%
Dell Latitude E6430s 33.33%

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