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Should I remove Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,598
United States Rank #44,106
Reach 0.1507%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.00 days
88.44 days >
Average installed length: 46.47 days


VersionDistribution 0.10% 8.86% 0.31% 0.51% 0.10% 15.86% 2.27% 12.26% 1.65% 16.99% 16.07% 0.21% 6.08% 3.09% 0.21% 0.62% 4.63% 0.82% 3.19% 0.41% 0.10% 0.62% 2.78% 0.93% 0.10% 0.82% 0.31% 0.10%

Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine

What is Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine?

Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine is a web browser toolbar and extension that modifies the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers contextual based advertising. This toolbar currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. In order to provide search advertising revenue, the software is designed not only to modify the search provider but to protect it so that it remains the default browser search engine. It is typically installed via a co-bundled offer within a third-party software distribution.

What it does:
- Modifies the default search engine and search provider.
- Changes the default browser home page.
- Adds search functionality from the address bar.
- Adds alternative redirection "page not found".
- Displays contextual advertising.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 359 files and is usually about 24.15 MB (25,324,032 bytes). classicshellupdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine.
smartbar.exe (8a1358a6bae69e13a531d1a4faed4dd6) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 959 Adware.Linkury.B
Bitdefender Adware.Linkury.B
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Linkury
G Data 14.6.24 Adware.Linkury
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Linkury.B
Panda Antivirus PUP/LinkUry
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.171 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0612
VIPRE Antivirus 30458 Adware.Linkury (fs)

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Linkury\smartbar
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C2FFB695-B1D6-4602-9159-9C70C55E1A04} /quiet ENGINE=1
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 24.15 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine

  • browserhelper.exe - BrowserHelper
  • googlechromeremoteplugin.dll - GoogleChromeRemotePlugin (nprt)
  • ndde.dll (by Brian Gideon) - NDde
  • newtonsoft.json.dll (by Newtonsoft) - Json.NET (Json.NET .NET 2.0)
  • productsremovaltool.exe - Smartbar.Resources.ProductsRemovalTool
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.xmlserializers.dll
  • smartbar.resources.translations.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Translations
  • smartbarinternetexplorerbho.dll - SmartbarInternetExplorerBHO
  • smartbarinternetexplorerextension.dll - Yahoo Community Smartbar (by Linkury)
  • smartbarversionshelper.exe - SmartbarVersionsHelper
  • spsm.dll (by Microsoft) - spsm
  • srbhu.dll - srbhu
  • srgu.dll - srgu
  • srprl.dll - srprl
  • srpu.dll - srpu
  • srsbsau.dll (by Smartbar) - srsbsau
  • srsl.dll - srsl
  • sruhs.dll - sruhs
  • srus.dll - srus
  • chromehost.exe - ChromeHost
  • interop.shdocvw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • lrcnt.dll - lrcnt
  • lrcnta.exe - Lrcnta
  • lrrot.dll - lrrot
  • mactrackbarlib.dll
  • microsoft.mshtml.dll - Assembly imported from type library MSHTML
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.dll - 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
  • regasm.exe - Microsoft® .NET Framework (Microsoft .NET Assembly Registration Utility)
  • sidb.dll - sipb
  • sipb.dll - Client
  • sismlp.dll - sismlp
  • smartbar.common.dll - Smartbar.Common
  • smartbar.communication.dll - TAWAG.Communication
  • smartbar.communication.namedpipe.dll - TAWAG.Communication.NamedPipe
  • smartbar.gui.controls.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Controls
  • smartbar.gui.docking.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Docking
  • smartbar.gui.mainclient.dll - Smartbar
  • smartbar.infrastructure.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Infrastructure.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.infrastructure.core.dll - SmartbarProxy
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.chromelocalplugin.dll
  • smartbar.infrastructure.utilities.dll - SmartbarGUI
  • smartbar.monetization.proxy.proxyservice.dll - ProxyService
  • smartbar.personalization.common.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Common
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.dmp.dll - DefaultMailProvider
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.messengerplugin.dll - MessengerPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.weatherplugin.dll - WeatherPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.wordplugin.dll (by xxx) - WordPlugin
  • smartbar.resources.historyandstatswrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.dll - Smartbar.Resources.LanguageSettings
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.resources.dll
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SocialNetsSharer
  • smartbarfirefoxremoteplugin_25.dll
  • sppsm.dll - sppsm
  • spup.dll - spup
  • spusm.dll - spusm
  • srau.dll - srau
  • srbs.dll - srbs

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • classiciedll_32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ClassicIEBHO Class' with the class of {EA801577-E6AD-4BD5-8F71-4BE0154331A4}.
  • classicexplorer32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ExplorerBHO Class' with the class of {449D0D6E-2412-4E61-B68F-1CB625CD9E52}.
2 Internet Explorer Extensions
  • classicexplorer32.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {64964764-1101-4bbd-8891-B56B1A53B9B3}.
  • classicie_32.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {56753E59-AF1D-4FBA-9E15-31557124ADA2}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • classicexplorer32.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Classic Explorer Bar' with the class of {553891B7-A0D5-4526-BE18-D3CE461D6310}.
Startup File (User Run)
  • smartbar.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\Smartbar.exe startup.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Classic Start Menu' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe" -autorun.

How do I remove Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine?

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Or, you can uninstall Yahoo Community Smartbar 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 Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine, 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 Yahoo Community Smartbar 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 Yahoo Community Smartbar Engine you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.69%
Windows 8 35.22%
Windows Vista 8.03%
Windows XP 2.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.99%
Windows 8.1 18.35%
Windows 7 Professional 10.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.07%
Windows 8 8.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.47% of installs come from United Kingdom
Which countries install it?
  United Kingdom 47.47%
  Germany 18.74%
  France 13.13%
  Italy 11.67%
  Spain 5.05%
  United States 1.01%
  Belgium 0.45%
  Iran 0.45%
  MA 0.22%
  Israel 0.22%
  UG 0.11%
  Chile 0.11%
  Brazil 0.11%
  UA 0.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.61%
Acer 20.89%
Dell 13.32%
ASUS 10.36%
Toshiba 8.72%
Samsung 7.07%
Lenovo 3.95%
Medion 1.81%
Sony 0.82%
Common models
HP Pavilion G6 NoteBook P... 10.54%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 5.44%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.72%
Samsung 350V5C/351V5C/354... 2.04%
ASUS All Series 1.70%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.70%


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