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BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar


BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar is a program developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is ekBar.dll. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 40 files and is usually about 10.34 MB (10,845,658 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). The distribution of this has mostly been seen in the United States.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar.
ekBar.dll (50ba908624982e111c80cc3dd4a6e76e) has been flagged by the following 19 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.MyWebSearch
Arcabit PUP.WebToolbar.MyWebSearch.eao
avast! 2014.9-151101 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVware MyWebSearch.J (v)
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
Comodo Security 23361 Application.Win32.MyWebSearch.J
Cyren W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen!Eldorado
Dr.Web Adware.MyWebSearch.103
ESET-NOD32 9.12359 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AS potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 11/1/2015 Riskware/MyWebSearch
F-Prot v6. W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen
G Data 15.11.25 Win32.Application.Agent.GPPOB6
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch
Malwarebytes v2015.11.01.09 PUP.Optional.MindSpark
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.819
Rising Antivirus PE:Malware.RDM.40!5.2E[F1]
SUPERAntiSpyware 9533 PUP.MindSpark/Variant
VIPRE Antivirus 44304 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya Adware.Toolbar.Win32.1524
       View all 19 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BigGameCountdown_ek\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\BigGameCountdown_ek\bar\1.bin\ekBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="BigGameCountdown_ek" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 10.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:ekBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\BigGameCountdown_ek\bar\1.bin\ekBar.dll
Additional files:
  • AppIntegrator.exe - Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer (Mindspark Toolbar Platform)
  • AppIntegrator64.exe
  • AppIntegratorStub.dll
  • AppIntegratorStub64.dll
  • AssistMonitor.dll
  • AssistMonitor64.dll
  • BAT.dll
  • CrExt.dll
  • CrExtPek.exe
  • DpnMngr.dll
  • (Malware detected) ekbar.dll
  • ekbarsvc.exe
  • ekbprtct.dll
  • ekdlghk.dll
  • ekdlghk64.dll
  • ekhighin.exe
  • ekhtmlmu.dll
  • ekhttpct.dll
  • ekidle.dll
  • ekmedint.exe
  • ekregiet.dll
  • ekskin.dll
  • ekskplay.exe
  • ekSrcAs.dll
  • HiddenToolbarReminder.dll
  • HkFxMgr.dll
  • HkFxMgr64.dll
  • InstallEnabler.dll
  • t8EPMSup.dll
  • t8Res.dll
  • ToolbarGuard.dll
  • ToolbarGuard64.dll
  • Verify.dll
  • TPIManagerConsole.exe - TPIManager (Third-Party Product Installer)
  • ektpinst.dll - ThirdPartyInstaller Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • ekSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'BigGameCountdown' with the class of {fe42c30d-b4be-4bc9-84f1-5b0771ad9822}.
  • ekbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {44fce07b-fbc6-4ca4-afe5-201a8b4b311d}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • ekbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'BigGameCountdown' with the class of {e80abb45-6320-4ac8-b312-c25f5f4c12ed}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • ekSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {66792b1f-aa21-4f64-bd0d-9d3cd1ed68ab} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • ekbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'BigGameCountdown' with a class of {E80ABB45-6320-4AC8-B312-C25F5F4C12ED}.
  • ekbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'BigGameCountdownService' (BigGameCountdown_ekService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ekmedint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BigGameCountdown EPM Support' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\BIGGAM~1\bar\1.bin\ekmedint.exe" t8EPMSup.dll,S.

How do I remove BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar 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 BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar, 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 BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar.
  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 BigGameCountdown Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 8 83%
Win 7 (SP1) 17%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 61%
Keep it 39%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 83.33%
Windows 7 16.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 50.00%
Windows 10 Home 33.33%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Acer 33.33%
Lenovo 16.67%
Common models
LENOVO Lenovo H410 10060 16.67%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 450-a24 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 23-b010 16.67%
Acer Aspire V5-122P 16.67%
Acer Aspire 5334 16.67%

About Mindspark Interactive Network

Mindspark is a business unit of IAC that focuses on interactive products and web portals and operates IAC's interactive products and web portals such as Life123, Myway.
Publisher URL: www.mindspark.com


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