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Should I remove ConnectSo Toolbar for IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,961
United States Rank #17,075
Reach 0.0050%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.10 days
120.90 days >
Average installed length: 63.52 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.17.2.8 96.43%
6.17.0.33 3.57%

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ConnectSo Toolbar for IE

What is ConnectSo Toolbar for IE?

ConnectSo is a Conduit Connect toolbar for Internet Explorer. This toolbar runs as a web browser extension and Browser Helper Object and is distributed using the Conduit/Perion monetization platform. Although this software is typically installed as an optional offer, users generally have this bundled with 3rd party software. During setup, this IE toolbar will modify the home page and new tab pages to a Conduit controlled search portal using Bing as the primary search engine. It will also modify the default search provider to uses Bing as well.

From the License: "As part of the installation process of the Conduit Software and/or the Customized Software, we may change your Internet Browser settings and/or provide you with the ability to opt to make changes to your Internet Browser settings and/or your mobile device settings and/or your social network account settings. Change of the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including your Browser's built-in search box, if applicable, and address bar; Allowing software updates of the Conduit Software once a new version is released and the ability to send you notifications. Allowing Conduit access to information contained on your social network account and/or site (which you must explicitly and separately opt in to)."

About  (from Conduit)

The Conduit Software further collects anonymous, aggregated information and non-personal data, such as Conduit Software-generated User IDs, User language, Internet Protocol (IP) address, the geographic location of the device from which you access the web, and other Conduit Software Usage Data, all of which do not inclu...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • This toolbar is distributed via Conduit (potentially unwanted)
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ConnectSo Toolbar for IE.
tbConn.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 8.9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes v2014.01.26.01 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 14.01.26.01 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.26 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
ConnectSoToolbarHelper.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)
prxtbConn.dll (59f4aa1a1ecf4c023f44872a9aae3b76) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Conduit.16
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25282 Conduit (fs)
       View all 14 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: ConnectSo
URL: ConnectSo.OurToolbar.com
Help link: ConnectSo.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\conduit\ie\ct3303930
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Conduit\IE\CT3303930\UninstallerUI.exe -ctid=CT3303930 -toolbarName=ConnectSo -toolbarEnv=conduit -type=IE
Estimated size: 1.69 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 ConnectSo.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 ConnectSo Toolbar for IE

Program module:tbConn.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\ConnectSo\tbConn.dll
MD5:975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c
Additional files:
  • UninstallerUI.exe - 1.1.0.1
  • (Malware detected) ConnectSoToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • hk64tbConn.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbConn.dll
  • ldrtbConn.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbConn.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbConn.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbConn.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'ytbyclick D2 Toolbar' with the class of {0dadace4-f998-4c08-b153-1202eed62793} (ytbyclick D2).
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbConn.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'ytbyclick D2 Toolbar' with the class of {0dadace4-f998-4c08-b153-1202eed62793}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbConn.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'ytbyclick D2 Toolbar' with a class of {0dadace4-f998-4c08-b153-1202eed62793} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbConn.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'ytbyclick D2 Toolbar' with a class of {0DADACE4-F998-4C08-B153-1202EED62793}.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ConnectSoToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove ConnectSo Toolbar for IE?

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Or, you can uninstall ConnectSo Toolbar for IE 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 ConnectSo Toolbar for IE, 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 ConnectSo Toolbar for IE.
  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 ConnectSo Toolbar for IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista (SP1) 4%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows Vista 28.57%
Windows 8 14.29%
Windows XP 7.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.43%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 25.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.14%
Windows 8.1 7.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.57%
Windows 8 3.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.73% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.73%
  Canada 2.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.29%
Dell 25.00%
ASUS 14.29%
Lenovo 7.14%
Acer 7.14%
Toshiba 3.57%
Sony 3.57%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A215 3.57%
Sony VPCEH17FX 3.57%
LENOVO IdeaCentre K320 10... 3.57%
LENOVO 0768DKU 3.57%
HP-Pavilion NC890AA-ABA a... 3.57%
HP-Pavilion FQ453AA-ABA a... 3.57%

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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