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Should I remove WBC Engine?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
64% remove it36% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #36,202
United States Rank #30,023
Reach 0.0034%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.48 days
663.02 days >
Average installed length: 348.37 days

WBC Engine 2.0.0.429

What is WBC Engine?

WBC Engine is part of Bitcocktail's toolbars monetization and distribution platform. It is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to the search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with.

Functionality of the distributed toolbars include:
- Changing the web browser's default home page to the affiliate search portal.
- Adds additional functionality that is designed to protect the search and home page settings.
- Changing the browser's search provider, built-in search box as well as the address bar.
- Ability to modify the 'new tab' functionality to launch the modified search portal page.
- Adds an alternative error page, DNS error and 'page not' found functionality.
- May 'inject' advertising in the form of context ads, links and pop-ups.

Overview

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). 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. 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). In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The primary executable is named Extension64.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 2.32 MB (2,436,634 bytes). The installed file ExtensionUpdaterService.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.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • 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 WBC Engine.
ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (8a82f951f4749e03641c4e1416440c20) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.1487 Trojan.Win32.Agent.AGeS
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0219 Program.SysTreak.1
ESET-NOD32 8.9846 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.BitCocktail.B
Sophos 4.98 BitCocktail
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.A.Agent.188760
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bitcoktail.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WBC Engine\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\WBC Engine\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 2.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WBC Engine 2.0.0.429

Program module:Extension64.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\WBC Engine\Extension64.dll
MD5:2383fd0a9c18316443d51a99a5a8397a
Additional files:
  • Extension32.dll
  • Extension64.dll
  • (Malware detected) ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
  • InstallerHelper.dll
  • DGChrome.exe - dgchrome
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • source.crx

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • Extension32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WBC Engine' with the class of {14DD0E04-D4F6-45d2-A958-F361FBD4F64F} (WBC Engine Helper).
  • Extension64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WBC Engine' with the class of {14DD0E04-D4F6-45d2-A958-F361FBD4F64F} (WBC Engine Helper).
Scheduled Task
  • DGChrome.exe is scheduled as a task named 'DGChrome11270 Watcher'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DGChrome.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named DGChrome24523 Watcher.
Service
  • ExtensionUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'WBC Engine Updater' (WBC Engine Updater).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
Memory:9.88 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0030866242%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00186863%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00121800%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:13,408,181
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:214 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove WBC Engine?

Quickly and completely remove WBC Engine 2.0.0.429 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 WBC Engine 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 WBC Engine 2.0.0.429, 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 WBC Engine.
  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 WBC Engine 2.0.0.429 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 64%
Keep it 36%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.75%
Windows 8 20.83%
Windows Vista 8.33%
Windows XP 2.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 56.25%
Windows 8 10.42%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.33%
Windows 7 Professional 6.25%
Windows 8 Pro 6.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.79%
  Germany 16.07%
  Canada 12.50%
  United Kingdom 12.50%
  France 7.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 41.03%
Acer 17.95%
Dell 10.26%
Lenovo 5.13%
Sony 5.13%
Samsung 5.13%
ASUS 5.13%
Packard Bell 2.56%
MSI 2.56%
Medion 2.56%
GIGABYTE 2.56%
Common models
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