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What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0014%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 28.19 days
831.56 days >
Average installed length: 436.92 days


VersionDistribution 5.00% 10.00% 10.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 15.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 15.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00%

SparkleBox Toolbar

What is SparkleBox Toolbar?

SparkleBox Toolbar a web browser extension and toolbar that delivers contextual based advertising as well as modify the user's web browser home and search pages to provide advertising and search. The software acts as adware and is typically defined as a potentially unwanted application by various malware vendors.

What the browser extension does:
- Changes the default search engine in for web browser's search functions.
- Changes the default browser home page.
- Adds search from the address bar.
- Adds alternative redirection "page not found" and DNS errors.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named tbSpar.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. 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 setup package generally installs about 18 files and is usually about 23.21 MB (24,334,385 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SparkleBox Toolbar.
tbSpar.dll (a8a1b6e818b4e7ad6ec777c6633ced69) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.9731 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28650 Conduit (fs)
prxtbSpar.dll (9117027aea464e41c60b87b9826e8447) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10641 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 31234 Conduit (fs)
SparkleBoxToolbarHelper.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 25 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3. PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
ldrtbSpar.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 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26380 Conduit (fs)
       View all 18 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: SparkleBox.OurToolbar.com
Help link: SparkleBox.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\sparklebox
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SparkleBox\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 23.21 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 SparkleBox.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 SparkleBox Toolbar

Program module:tbSpar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\sparklebox\tbSpar.dll
Conduit Toolbar web browser plugin for the various toolbars running on the Conduit Toolbar platform is the browser addin installed into Internet Explorer which has the ability to access and monitor all loaded and requested web pages and...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) SparkleBoxToolbarHelper.exe (by Conduit) - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • ldrtbSpar.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSpar.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbSpar.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbSpar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'elabeling Toolbar' with the class of {057766a3-83ce-4dfb-8db4-9a671c8ed366} (elabeling).
Internet Explorer Bar
  • prxtbSpar.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbSpar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with the class of {5ce95e90-4afa-4388-a5ce-a67d4eae12f1}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbSpar.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with a class of {5ce95e90-4afa-4388-a5ce-a67d4eae12f1} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbSpar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'PDFssoftware Toolbar' with a class of {5CE95E90-4AFA-4388-A5CE-A67D4EAE12F1}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • SparkleBoxToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SparkleBoxToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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 SparkleBox Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove SparkleBox 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 SparkleBox 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 SparkleBox 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 SparkleBox 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 SparkleBox Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 5%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.00%
Windows Vista 15.00%
Windows 8 15.00%
Windows XP 5.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 60.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.00%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 5.00%
Windows 8.1 5.00%
Windows 7 Professional 5.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.83% of installs come from United Kingdom
Which countries install it?
  United Kingdom 47.83%
  Australia 17.39%
  United States 17.39%
  South Africa 8.70%
  New Zealand 4.35%
  Saudi Arabia 4.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 28.57%
Dell 21.43%
Acer 21.43%
Hewlett-Packard 14.29%
Alienware 7.14%
Sony 7.14%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5030 5.56%
Acer Aspire X3995 5.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite P750 5.56%
Advent DT1412 5.56%
MSI MS-7680 5.56%


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