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What percent of users and experts removed it?
70% remove it30% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #37,921
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.81 days
407.35 days >
Average installed length: 214.03 days

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SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar

What is SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar?

From the Terms of Service: "As part of the download process for the Toolbar, you may be given the option to reset your Internet browser's homepage to an Ask homepage product and/or reset your new tab page to an Ask new tab product. If you do not wish to reset your homepage and/or new tab page to the Ask homepage and/or Ask new tab product(s), you can decline/opt-out of these features by checking or unchecking the appropriate box(es) during the download process for the Toolbar."

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

By downloading the Toolbar, you will be installing a toolbar in your Internet browser (which may include both your active browser and any other compatible Internet browser(s) resident on your computer), and any supported email functions and/or chat functions with one or more of the following features provided by Mindsp...  Read more

Overview

During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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. 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 primary executable is named 81Bar.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 52 files and is usually about 9.88 MB (10,359,345 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar.
81Bar.dll (3f7583821989e49412f4a3531f04744b) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140111 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3598 Zango
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!3F7583821989
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!3F7583821989
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1208
VIPRE Antivirus 25114 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
81medint.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)
81SrcAs.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)
AppIntegrator64.exe (ae4d6db7de14f55b9b5feb7be83b16ce) 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.Win64.MyWebSearch.81
ESET-NOD32 9669 a variant of Win64/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.A
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11737 Trojan ( 004703fc1 )
K7GW 9.176.11737 Trojan ( 004703fc1 )
VIPRE Antivirus 28196 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
81SrchMn.exe (6223c702ba8b1f0a3e95dfecc07b5dd4) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2013.12.29.00 Trojan/Win32.Buzus
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1208
VIPRE Antivirus 24866 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
81barsvc.exe (833267bd3e8978791d9ec41cfbbabb2a) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
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.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 28194 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
81brmon64.exe (565575c26d63ffad0b81bc4eec13a145) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Cloda25.Trojan.51df
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1206
VIPRE Antivirus 24866 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
81brmon.exe (7cfdc8748e57064dda4d4fe5fe994027) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Zango
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.MindSpark.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0307
VIPRE Antivirus 28194 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\SweepstakesAlley_81\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\SweepstakesAlley_81\bar\1.bin\81Bar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="SweepstakesAlley_81" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 9.88 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:81Bar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\SweepstakesAlley_81\bar\1.bin\81Bar.dll
MD5:3f7583821989e49412f4a3531f04744b
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) 81bar.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • 81regfft.dll
  • 81regiet.dll
  • T8EPMSUP.DLL
  • 81hkstub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector Stub
  • 81reghk.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform IE Search Box Protector
  • (Malware detected) 81SrcAs.dll - Mindspark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer (Mindspark Search Assistant)
  • (Malware detected) 81SrchMn.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform SearchScope Monitor
  • 81srchmr.dll
  • NP81Stub.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub (Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows)
  • T8HTML.DLL - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Html Player
  • 81Plugin.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin (Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin for 32-bit Windows)
  • 81auxstb.dll - Mindspark Toolbar Platform
  • 81auxstb64.dll
  • 81bprtct.dll
  • 81dlghk.dll
  • 81dlghk64.dll
  • 81ieovr.dll
  • 81radio.dll - Mindspark Radio
  • 81highin.exe - t8HighIn (Toolbar Software)
  • (Malware detected) 81medint.exe - t8MedInt
  • (Malware detected) 81barsvc.exe - ()
  • (Malware detected) 81brmon.exe - VER_ (VER_DESCRIPTION)
  • (Malware detected) 81brmon64.exe
  • 81brstub.dll
  • 81brstub64.dll
  • 81feedmg.dll
  • 81htmlmu.dll
  • 81mlbtn.dll
  • 81script.dll
  • 81skin.dll - Toolbar Messages (Skin Tools)
  • 81datact.dll - Data Control ( Data Control)
  • 81httpct.dll - (" HTTP Control)
  • 81idle.dll - Idle Monitor
  • 81skplay.exe - Skin Player
  • (Malware detected) AppIntegrator64.exe
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • CREXT.DLL
  • CrExtP81.exe
  • DPNMNGR.DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • 81SrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Assistant BHO' with the class of {8561f2a1-d885-4852-8289-81ae4ad0ad99}.
  • 81bar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {17444702-8138-4998-9936-a3325c3f00d8}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • 81bar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'HistoryBoss' with the class of {d0397dfd-02c3-4dcd-a9d2-a5fd5cba99e7}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • 81SrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {67caccf8-d059-4e1b-a6c4-7e9746cab185} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • 81bar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'PetsHarmony' with a class of {DC257D0D-F11B-4312-BB34-EE22EA4BA68A}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • NP81Stub.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]_81.com/Plugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]_81.com/Plugin' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MySearchDial' (runs daily at 6:21 PM).
Service
  • 81barsvc.exe runs as a service named 'QuotationCafeService' (QuotationCafe_45Service).
Startup File (User Run)
  • 81SrchMn.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.
7 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SuddenlyMusic Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\SUDDEN~2\bar\1.bin\93srchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • 81medint.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.
  • 81brmon64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PetsHarmony_5b Browser Plugin Loader 64' which loads as C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin\5bbrmon64.exe.
  • 81brmon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PetsHarmony_5b Browser Plugin Loader' which loads as C:\Program Files\PetsHarmony_5b\bar\1.bin\5bbrmon.exe.
  • 81SrchMn.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Internet Speed Tracker AppIntegrator 64-bit' which loads as C:\Program Files2\INTERN~4\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe.
  • 81bar.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.
  • Plus 1 more
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • 81SrchMn.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

81brmon64.exe
Memory:1.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00001954%
0.016088% average
CPU cycles/sec:380
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall SweepstakesAlley 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 SweepstakesAlley 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 SweepstakesAlley 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by SweepstakesAlley Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 8 11%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 70%
Keep it 30%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.56%
Windows Vista 22.22%
Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 8 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.44%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 22.22%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 7 Professional 11.11%
Windows 8 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Dell 22.22%
ASUS 11.11%
Toshiba 11.11%
Sahara 11.11%
Lenovo 11.11%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 12.50%
LENOVO 3597CTO 12.50%
Hewlett-Packard p7-1257c 12.50%
HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebo... 12.50%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 12.50%
Dell Studio 540 12.50%

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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