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Should I remove TheFreeGames Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #45,379
Reach 0.0019%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.93 days
706.07 days >
Average installed length: 370.98 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.15.0.27 51.85%
6.14.0.28 22.22%
6.13.3.505 18.52%
6.13.3.1 7.41%

Other programs by Conduit

TheFreeGames Toolbar

What is TheFreeGames Toolbar?

This is a Conduit toolbar installed in the user's Web browsers (IE, Chrome and Firefox) that collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to Conduit so they can suggest services or provide ads via the toolbar. The toolbar itself which is typically bundled with free software is an is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner and in-text link advertisements) web browser plugin distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page and search settings.

What the toolbar does:
- Changes the default search engine in your web browser's built-in search box.
- Changes the default home page of your web browser.
- Enable search from the address bar of your web browser.
- Adds alternative "page not found" functionality.

"By Using a Conduit Software you may enable Conduit to access, use and collect a variety of information, both personal and non-personal, regarding your Internet Browser, your browsing habits, and information about your computer." - from the EULA.

Overview

The most common release is 6.15.0.27, 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 tbTheF.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month 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 12 files and is usually about 7.82 MB (8,199,635 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • This toolbar is distributed via Conduit (potentially unwanted)
  • Displays advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • 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 TheFreeGames Toolbar.
tbTheF.dll (5d80adbf9bcb50c9b488cced7f6525e1) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8.9314 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 14.01.26.11 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25628 Conduit (fs)
prxtbTheF.dll (d0133250565180c9dc8ee0aecccbfd53) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 GrayWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent.azm
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.M
Cyren 5.4.16.7 W32/Conduit.TTAU-0102
ESET-NOD32 11248 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.N potentially unwanted
F-Prot 4.7.1.166 W32/Conduit.A
G Data 25 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
K7 AntiVirus 9.199.15118 Trojan ( 004b219d1 )
K7GW 9.199.15118 Trojan ( 004b219d1 )
Kaspersky 15.0.1.10 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.azm
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 37998 Conduit (fs)
prxtbThe2.dll (4b5780c90e38e579a651dbc4774a1f1f) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit!
Dr.Web 7.00.8.02260 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9639 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.W
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28068 Conduit (fs)
TheFreeGamesToolbarHelper.exe (943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17313 Application.Win32.Conduit.~f
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.202
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 23610 Conduit (fs)
tbThe2.dll (8de9d8fda8df6dd2e1b99a1f297faa8a) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17469 Application.Win32.Conduit.ks
ESET-NOD32 9190 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
VIPRE Antivirus 24534 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 29 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: TheFreeGames
URL: TheFreeGames.OurToolbar.com
Help link: TheFreeGames.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\thefreegames
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\TheFreeGames\uninstall.exe toolbar
Estimated size: 7.82 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 TheFreeGames.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 TheFreeGames Toolbar

Program module:tbTheF.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\thefreegames\tbTheF.dll
MD5:5d80adbf9bcb50c9b488cced7f6525e1
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) TheFreeGamesToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • hk64tbThe2.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hk64tbTheF.dll
  • hktbThe2.dll
  • hktbTheF.dll
  • ldrtbThe2.dll
  • ldrtbTheF.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbThe2.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbTheF.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbThe2.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbTheF.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbThe2.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).
  • prxtbTheF.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WinZipBar Toolbar' with the class of {50fafaf0-70a9-419d-a109-fa4b4ffd4e37} (WinZipBar).
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbThe2.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b}.
  • prxtbTheF.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name '2Shared Toolbar' with the class of {ef468e5b-5b30-4136-a833-7f2e3a31afdf}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbThe2.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.
  • prxtbTheF.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named '2Shared Toolbar' with a class of {ef468e5b-5b30-4136-a833-7f2e3a31afdf} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
2 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbThe2.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75E0046F-2275-4BCE-9AFD-D8DA19ABDF0B}.
  • prxtbTheF.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named '2Shared Toolbar' with a class of {EF468E5B-5B30-4136-A833-7F2E3A31AFDF}.
Scheduled Task
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • TheFreeGamesToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove TheFreeGames Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall TheFreeGames 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 TheFreeGames 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 TheFreeGames 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 TheFreeGames Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 44%
Win 7 7%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.85%
Windows 8 25.93%
Windows XP 11.11%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.74%
Windows 8 14.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.41%
Windows 8.1 7.41%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.67% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 16.67%
  United States 16.67%
  Canada 10.00%
  MK 6.67%
  France 6.67%
  Australia 6.67%
  New Zealand 6.67%
  Portugal 6.67%
  Netherlands 6.67%
  Switzerland 3.33%
  Austria 3.33%
  Japan 3.33%
  Spain 3.33%
  Italy 3.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Samsung 23.08%
Acer 19.23%
Hewlett-Packard 15.38%
Dell 7.69%
Toshiba 7.69%
Sony 7.69%
ASUS 7.69%
American Megatrends 3.85%
Intel 3.85%
Packard Bell 3.85%
Common models
Samsung 350V5C/351V5C/354... 4.17%
BIOSTAR Group G31-M7 TE 4.17%
Acer Aspire G3610 4.17%
Hewlett-Packard p6-2043de 4.17%
Sony VPCEC2C5E 4.17%
PACKARD BELL BV IMEDIA X9... 4.17%

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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