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Should I remove WebSparkle?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #14,978
United States Rank #28,121
Reach 0.0239%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.49 days
102.97 days >
Average installed length: 54.10 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2014.05.01.235422 0.65%
2014.04.30.004244 0.65%
2014.04.29.001742 0.65%
2014.04.27.020709 0.65%
2014.04.27.020605 1.29%
2014.04.22.234716 0.65%
2014.04.21.235935 0.65%
2014.04.18.010754 0.65%
2014.04.15.223327 0.65%
2014.04.14.232343 0.65%
2014.04.12.011028 2.58%
2014.04.09.201303 1.29%
2014.04.03.211816 0.65%
2014.04.01.224729 0.65%
2014.03.28.003042 2.58%
2014.03.24.230407 0.65%
2014.03.21.003406 0.65%
2014.03.21.003359 1.29%
2014.03.18.234906 1.94%
2014.03.17.220717 0.65%
2014.03.15.013120 1.94%
2014.03.11.234342 0.65%
2014.03.11.163457 0.65%
2014.03.10.235400 0.65%
2014.03.10.235350 0.65%
2014.03.07.210720 1.94%
2014.03.05.221816 0.65%
2014.02.28.212019 0.65%
2014.02.26.045520 5.81%
2014.02.24.182837 1.29%
2014.02.21.093413 0.65%
2014.02.13.012613 3.23%
2014.02.11.223523 1.29%
2014.02.10.054018 0.65%
2014.02.05.153917 1.94%
2014.02.01.021226 0.65%
2014.01.29.231828 3.23%
2014.01.28.010740 2.58%
2014.01.25.024532 3.23%
2014.01.23.230946 0.65%
2014.01.14.033313 7.10%
2014.01.10.195403 1.29%
2014.01.10.074322 0.65%
2014.01.06.192523 2.58%
2014.01.02.230448 3.87%
2013.12.07.011955 29.03%
2013.11.22.232848 2.58%

WebSparkle

What is WebSparkle?

This is an adware web browser extension designed to take control of the user's browser in order to redirect web searches and inject advertising. In Internet Explorer the program run as a Browser Helper Object. The add-in performs a number of behaviors that will hijack advertising on non-associated web sites as well as inject its own advertising in the form of contextual link ads, banner ads, popups and pop-overs including the hijacking of known ad serving sites. This adware is typically bundled with various third party unwanted applications as well as through web browser exploits. Although the program comes packaged with an uninstaller and is listed in the Windows Add/Remove Programs, fully removing this could be very difficult and an anti-malware product might be required.

Functionality of the toolbar includes:
- 'inject' advertising in the form of context ads, links and pop-ups.

Terms of Service state: "The Software provides a suite of browser features that customize and enhance your interaction with various websites by rendering graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content in your browser. Such features include, without limitation, toolbars and applications for providing enhanced search results, browsing reference links, website ratings and reviews, social media, coupons, and comparison shopping for various products and services, including travel and insurance."

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

The Software is free to use and supported by various types of advertising, including but not limited to search, banner, inline text and transitional ads. Ads and features that appear on websites by using the Software are not associated with or endorsed by underlying websites. Some features and ad placements contain lin...  Read more
Overview
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WebSparkle.
WebSparkleBHO.dll (06cb88207bdc427ae942089b0dd6bd3c) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web 9.0.0.010 Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8.9123 Win32/BrowseFox.D
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.10 TROJ_GEN.F47V1129
VIPRE Antivirus 23964 Yontoo (fs)
updateWebSparkle.exe (ce9ea66a74744f97d45025289a3708c4) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Kranet!
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
AVG 14.0.0.3986 Generic.4B1
AVware 1.5.0.16 Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.bH
Dr.Web 7.0.9.4080 Trojan.BPlug.113
ESET-NOD32 10219 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.BrowseFox
K7 AntiVirus 9.183.12981 Trojan ( 0049c6b61 )
K7GW 9.183.12981 Trojan ( 0049c6b61 )
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.Kranet.heur
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.WebSparkle.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!CE9EA66A7474
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013.2 Artemis!CE9EA66A7474
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA KI
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0803
VIPRE Antivirus 32012 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 21 all detections
WebSparkle has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: WebSparkle
URL: websparkle.biz/support
Help link: mailto:support@websparkle.biz
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WebSparkle
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WebSparkle\WebSparkleuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 551.68 KB

Program filesFiles installed by WebSparkle

Program module:WebSparkleBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Name:WebSparkle
Path:C:\Program Files\WebSparkle\WebSparkleBHO.dll
MD5:06cb88207bdc427ae942089b0dd6bd3c
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) WebSparkleBHO.dll - WebSparkle
  • (Malware detected) updateWebSparkle.exe
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)
  • WebSparkleUninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • WebSparkleBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WebSparkle' with the class of {9f56bab3-2739-40ed-a8d0-1451657a9742}.
2 Services
  • updateWebSparkle.exe runs as a service named 'Update WebSparkle' (Update WebSparkle).
  • utilWebSparkle.exe runs as a service named 'Update WebSparkle' (Update WebSparkle).

How do I remove WebSparkle?

Quickly and completely remove WebSparkle 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 WebSparkle 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 WebSparkle, 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 WebSparkle.
  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 WebSparkle you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.45%
Windows 8 21.94%
Windows XP 9.03%
Windows Vista 2.58%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.81%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.23%
Windows 7 Professional 14.19%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.03%
Windows 8.1 5.16%
Windows 8 4.52%

Distribution by countryGeography

10.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 10.67%
  India 8.67%
  MA 6.67%
  Egypt 5.33%
  Saudi Arabia 4.67%
  Romania 3.33%
  Canada 3.33%
  DZ 2.67%
  Philippines 2.67%
  United Kingdom 2.67%
  Brazil 2.00%
  Thailand 2.00%
  Belgium 2.00%
  Czech Republic 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.04%
Acer 21.50%
Dell 18.69%
ASUS 11.21%
Lenovo 7.48%
GIGABYTE 3.74%
Toshiba 2.80%
Sahara 1.87%
Samsung 1.87%
Gateway 0.93%
Compaq 0.93%
American Megatrends 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.86%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.86%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.90%
ASUS All Series 1.90%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.90%
Acer Aspire 5732Z 1.90%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com

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