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Should I remove WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #49,990
Reach 0.0015%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.30 days
775.72 days >
Average installed length: 407.58 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.191.44.12776 11.11%
1.67.44.11432 5.56%
1.60.44.11324 33.33%
1.37.44.10934 16.67%
1.6.1.931 5.56%
1.6.1.880 11.11%
1.6.0.436 5.56%
1.6.0.337 5.56%
1.6.0.119 5.56%

WhiteSmoke Smartbar

What is WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

SmartBar from WhiteSmoke is a web browser extension (Chrome), add-in and BHO for Internet Explorer that will hijack the user's web browser search provider and pages. It will redirect standard searches to its affiliate partners including Linkury.

Overview

The most common release is 1.60.44.11324, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named smartbarversionshelper.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 136 files and is usually about 8.2 MB (8,601,600 bytes). The installed file smartbar.resources.automaticupdates.dll 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
  • Starts automatically
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • 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 WhiteSmoke Smartbar.
whitesmoke.exe (433584cd8c6cc47dc7bdad4daaa99109) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 536 Adware.Linkury.B
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.Linkury
ALYac 1.0.1.4 Adware.Linkury.B
avast! 2014.9-150817 Win32:SmartBar-A [PUP]
Avira 3.6.1.96 PUA/Linkury.Gen2
AVware 1.5.0.21 Adware.Linkury (fs)
Baidu-International 4.0.3.15817 Adware.Win32.Linkury.Ins
Bitdefender 1.0.20.1145 Adware.Linkury.B
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware
Comodo Security 21595 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0229 Adware.Linkury.24
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.15.08.17.01 Adware.Linkury
ESET-NOD32 9.11401 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Linkury.A potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/17/2015 Riskware/Toolbar_Linkury
G Data 15.8.25 Adware.Linkury
McAfee 5600.6670 Artemis!433584CD8C6C
MicroWorld-eScan 16.0.0.687 Adware.Linkury.B
nProtect 15.03.30.01 Adware.Linkury.B
Panda Antivirus 15.08.17.01 PUP/LinkUry
SUPERAntiSpyware 9686 Adware.Linkury/Variant
Symantec 8/17/2015 rev. 2 Adware.Maltrec.TS!g23
VIPRE Antivirus 38918 Adware.Linkury (fs)
       View all 22 all detections
WhiteSmoke Smartbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove WhiteSmoke Smartbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.WhiteSmoke.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\smartbar\common\iconswide
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B017AEAA-2ACC-4D4A-9B45-AE913C6C6CE9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.2 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WhiteSmoke Smartbar

Program executable:smartbarversionshelper.exe
Name:SmartbarVersionsHelper
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\Local\smartbar\application\smartbarversionshelper.exe
MD5:598f632a9aac8350b534b3232cee35d4
Additional files:
  • microsoft.mshtml.dll - Assembly imported from type library MSHTML
  • interop.shdocvw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • mactrackbarlib.dll
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.dll (by Microsoft) - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Logging Provider
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Logging Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.objectbuilder.dll - Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder
  • ndde.dll (by Brian Gideon) - NDde
  • regasm.exe - Microsoft® .NET Framework (Microsoft .NET Assembly Registration Utility)
  • smartbar.gui.controls.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Controls
  • smartbar.gui.docking.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Docking
  • smartbar.infrastructure.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Infrastructure.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.infrastructure.core.dll - SmartbarProxy
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.chromelocalplugin.dll - ChromeRemotePlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.firefoxlocalplugin.dll - FireFoxRemotePlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.internetexplorerlocalplugin.dll - InternetExplorerLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.utilities.dll - SmartbarGUI
  • smartbar.personalization.common.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Common
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.dmp.dll - DefaultMailProvider
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.messengerplugin.dll - MessengerPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.notepadplugin.dll - NotepadPlugin
  • smartbar.resources.historyandstatswrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SocialNetsSharer
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.xmlserializers.dll
  • smartbarinternetexplorerbho.dll - WhiteSmoke Smartbar
  • smartbarinternetexplorerextension.dll
  • browserhelper.exe - BrowserHelper
  • productsremovaltool.exe - Smartbar.Resources.ProductsRemovalTool
  • smartbar.gui.mainclient.dll - Smartbar
  • smartbar.gui.multimedia.loader.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Multimedia.Loader
  • smartbar.infrastructure.eventmanager.dll
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.base.dll - Client (Plugins)
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.defaultbrowser.dll - DefaultBrowser
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.sharemanagerlocalplugin.dll - SearchResultsLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.personalization.businesslogic.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.BusinessLogic
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.screencaptureplugin.dll - ScreenCapturePlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.wordplugin.dll (by xxx) - WordPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.youtubedownloadplugin.dll - YoutubeDownloadPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.settings.personalizationsettingsmanager.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Settings.PersonalizationSettingsManager
  • smartbar.personalization.settings.usersettingsmanager.dll - UserSettingsManager
  • smartbar.resources.automaticupdates.dll - Smartbar.Resources.AutomaticUpdates
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.dll - Smartbar.Resources.LanguageSettings
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.resources.dll
  • smartbar.resources.processdownmonitor.dll - Smartbar.Resources.ProcessDownMonitor
  • smartbar.resources.setbrowserssettings.dll - SetBrowsersDefinitions
  • smartbar.resources.setbrowserssettingsautoupdater.dll (by Smartbar) - Smartbar.Resources.SetBrowsersSettingsAutoUpdater
  • smartbar.resources.sidebyside.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SideBySide
  • smartbar.resources.translations.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Translations
  • smartbar.resources.urlhistorysupplier.dll - Smartbar.Resources.UrlHistorySupplier
  • smartbar.resources.utilities.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Utilities
  • system.data.sqlite.dll - System.Data.SQLite (System.Data.SQLite Interop Library)
  • (Malware detected) whitesmoke.exe (by Smartbar)
  • externaljs.js
  • fbimagepreview.js
  • firefoxextensionmain.js
  • install.rdf
  • internaljs.js
  • jquery-1.5.1.min.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • whitesmoke.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Browser Infrastructure Helper' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Smartbar\Application\WhiteSmoke.exe startup.

How do I remove WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

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Or, you can uninstall WhiteSmoke Smartbar 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 WhiteSmoke Smartbar, 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 WhiteSmoke Smartbar.
  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.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win 8 6%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.33%
Windows Vista 5.56%
Windows XP 5.56%
Windows 8 5.56%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.44%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Windows 7 Home Basic 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate N 5.56%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.43%
  Germany 13.04%
  United Kingdom 13.04%
  Brazil 8.70%
  India 8.70%
  Turkey 8.70%
  Canada 4.35%
  Spain 4.35%
  Malaysia 4.35%
  Italy 4.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 29.41%
Hewlett-Packard 23.53%
Toshiba 11.76%
Dell 5.88%
Samsung 5.88%
Intel 5.88%
ASUS 5.88%
GIGABYTE 5.88%
Lenovo 5.88%
Common models
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 5.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite L300 5.56%
Samsung R530/R730/R540 ... 5.56%
HP ProBook 4410s 5.56%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 5.56%
HP 620 5.56%

About (from WhiteSmoke)

WhiteSmoke is a world-leading company in the field of English writing technologies, with a focus on products that enhance and correct grammar, spelling, and writing style.
Publisher URL: www.whitesmoke.com

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