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What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,413
United States Rank #7,720
Reach 0.0448%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.62 days
106.79 days >
Average installed length: 56.11 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.31.153.0 6.45%
1.27.153.8 90.32%
1.27.153.7 2.58%
1.27.153.6 0.65%

VisualBee

What is VisualBee?

VisualBee is 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.
- Changes the default browser home page.
- Adds search from the address bar.
- Adds alternative redirection "page not found" and DNS errors.
- Displays contextual advertising by injecting banner and text ads.

Overview

VisualBee is a software program developed by VisualBee.com. The most common release is 1.27.153.8, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to 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 utils.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 16 files and is usually about 5.61 MB (5,884,447 bytes). The installed file VisualBee-updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 61% of users of VisualBee come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and France.

This browser extension utilizes Crossrider framework, a cross-browser toolbar/plugin platform used to develop, deploy and monetize web browser toolbars for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Crossrider extension provide monetization options, mostly potentially unwanted apps, for toolbars including coupons, search assistant (home page and search hijacking) and in-text contextual advertising. Many adware programs (defined by a number of anti-virus vendors) are built using Crossrider as it provides a quick an easy way to deploy ad-supported features that will assist in browser search hijacking.
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in VisualBee.
utils.exe (3b3f088a2f570ce460508407d9c31da0) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.131024 Trojan.Win32.Agent.peo
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.CDB
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0297 Adware.Plugin.73
ESET-NOD32 7.8844 Win32/Packed.ScrambleWrapper.C
Fortinet FortiGate 10/24/2013 Adware/Lyckriks
Kaspersky 14.0.0.4257 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Lyckriks
Symantec 10/24/2013 rev. 5 WS.Reputation
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.24.3 AdWare.Lyckriks
VisualBee-bho.dll (5aaf66265042f0f01e050b2ac56a4c43) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.1
ESET-NOD32 9086 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
K7 AntiVirus 9.174.10294 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
K7GW 9.174.10294 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!5AAF66265042
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!5AAF66265042
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Adpopup
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C9H01HA13
VIPRE Antivirus 23640 Crossrider (fs)
VisualBee-updater.exe (9acacaec2cff031f6a888643e0428b8f) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp]
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Generic_r.GS
ESET-NOD32 9085 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.J
Fortinet FortiGate 5.1.147.0 Riskware/Fam.NB
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!9ACACAEC2CFF
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!9ACACAEC2CFF
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 WS.Reputation.1
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C9H01H913
VIPRE Antivirus 23636 Crossrider (fs)
VisualBee-enabler.exe (35a48738493952de8fd425ff906aa0bf) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Generic5.AJKA
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 HackTool.Win32.CrossRider.I
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.27
ESET-NOD32 9255 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.J
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
VIPRE Antivirus 25142 Crossrider (fs)
VisualBee-codedownloader.exe (7542e0053d5880d29a8cb55d0bc58282) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.1
ESET-NOD32 9057 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.J
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0913
VIPRE Antivirus 23428 Crossrider (fs)
VisualBee-chromeinstaller.exe (cafe1ad7eefadfa2ecd1b8f131bc498c) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9057 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.J
VIPRE Antivirus 23428 Crossrider (fs)
VisualBee-firefoxinstaller.exe (b47f5498dea045db0e949be1732da4e5) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8943 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.J
VIPRE Antivirus 22588 Crossrider (fs)
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Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\visualbee
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\VisualBee\Uninstall.exe /fromcontrolpanel=1
Warning, the uninstaller has been known to not fully remove the program.
Estimated size: 5.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VisualBee

Program executable:utils.exe (Malware detected)
Name:VisualBee
VisualBee Installer
Path:C:\Program Files\visualbee\utils.exe
MD5:3b3f088a2f570ce460508407d9c31da0
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - VisualBee (VisualBee Installer)
  • VisualBee-bg.exe - VisualBee exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-bho.dll - VisualBee BHO
  • VisualBee-bho64.dll
  • VisualBee-buttonutil.exe
  • VisualBee-buttonutil64.exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-chromeinstaller.exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-codedownloader.exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-enabler.exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-firefoxinstaller.exe
  • (Malware detected) VisualBee-updater.exe
  • VisualBee-buttonutil.dll
  • VisualBee-buttonutil64.dll
  • VisualBee-helper.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • VisualBee-bho64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'VisualBee' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311391106} (CrossriderApp0033906).
  • VisualBee-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'VisualBee' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311391106} (CrossriderApp0033906).
Scheduled Task
  • VisualBee-enabler.exe is scheduled as a task named 'temp_VisualBee-enabler'.
5 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • VisualBee-updater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VisualBee-updater.
  • VisualBee-firefoxinstaller.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VisualBee-firefoxinstaller.
  • VisualBee-enabler.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VisualBee-enabler.
  • VisualBee-codedownloader.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VisualBee-codedownloader.
  • VisualBee-chromeinstaller.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VisualBee-chromeinstaller.

How do I remove VisualBee?

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Or, you can uninstall VisualBee 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 VisualBee, 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 VisualBee.
  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 VisualBee you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 1%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.26%
Windows 8 13.55%
Windows Vista 7.74%
Windows XP 5.81%
Windows Server 2003 0.65%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.94%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.84%
Windows 7 Professional 11.61%
Windows 8 9.68%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.16%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.42%
  Brazil 6.60%
  France 6.09%
  United Kingdom 6.09%
  Italy 4.06%
  Germany 3.55%
  Spain 2.54%
  Iran 1.52%
  MA 1.02%
  Austria 0.51%
  BD 0.51%
  Belgium 0.51%
  Chile 0.51%
  Finland 0.51%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.66%
Acer 16.06%
Dell 13.87%
Toshiba 8.76%
ASUS 8.03%
Sony 7.30%
Samsung 5.11%
GIGABYTE 2.92%
American Megatrends 2.19%
Lenovo 1.46%
Medion 1.46%
Packard Bell 1.46%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.13%
Dell Inspiron 1750 1.42%
Acer Aspire 5600U 1.42%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.42%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.42%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.42%

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