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What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,700
United States Rank #13,725
Reach 0.0073%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.83 days
319.35 days >
Average installed length: 167.80 days


VersionDistribution 66.20% 30.99% 2.82%


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What is CrossReader?

CrossReader is a potentially unwanted application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to the search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search. It is typically installed via a bundled offer within a 3rd-party distribution.

About  (from Crossrider Advanced Technologies (Platform))

The Toolbar interacts with your computer by: Displaying advertisements, including without limitation by inserting into web pages or displaying over parts of such web pages advertisements, banners or coupons that would not otherwise appear; Converting words on pages you view into hyperlinks that are linked to advertisem...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is CrossReader-bg.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 5.11 MB (5,355,465 bytes).

The program is built using the Crossrider framework, a cross browser monetization platform used to deploy a toolbar and extension for modern web browsers with monetization features including browser search and homepage redirection, contextual coupons and in-line text advertising. Crossrider extensions include background processes to monitor, update and automatically download new features/code without direct user interaction.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on the Crossrider toolbar platform and potentially unwanted
  • May inject ads in the web browser
  • 'Offers' to modify the browser's home and search pages by default
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in CrossReader.
CrossReader-bg.exe (edb8948e91e926716ffbb9fdced66d78) has been flagged by the following 24 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1104 Adware.Generic.608691
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Lyckriks
AVG 2015.0.3582 Generic5
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Toolbar.aWoj
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.608691
Bkav FE W32.Clod763.Trojan
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.6
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.608691
ESET-NOD32 8.9145 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
Fortinet FortiGate 1/26/2014 Adware/Lyckriks
G Data 14.1.22 Adware.Generic.608691
K7 AntiVirus 13.174.10446 Adware
K7GW 13.174.10446 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Lyckriks
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7238 Artemis!EDB8948E91E9
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7238 Artemis!EDB8948E91E9
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.608691
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Crossrider.chtsrz
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Sophos 4.95 Generic PUA CO
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.26 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H0AI713
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Lyckriks
VIPRE Antivirus 24128 Crossrider (fs)
CrossReader-bho.dll (3f1e18fe0ae0c5fc69f80c78470b67cd) has been flagged by the following 26 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Generic.612000
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Lyckriks
AVG Generic5.AIKL
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Lyckriks.AY
Bitdefender 7.2.5028.0 Adware.Generic.612000
Bkav FE W32.Clodd68.Trojan.f258
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.7
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.612000 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9244 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Lyckriks
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Generic.612000
G Data 22 Adware.Generic.612000
K7 AntiVirus 9.174.10720 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
K7GW 9.174.10720 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Lyckriks.lb
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!3F1E18FE0AE0
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!3F1E18FE0AE0
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.612000
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Lyckriks.cqrozn
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Sophos 4.96.0 Generic PUA LF
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H08IA13
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Lyckriks
VIPRE Antivirus 25040 Crossrider (fs)
CrossReader-bho64.dll (f57723e863e3a96e8a6b450486c65a7b) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International HackTool.Win64.Crossrider.gen
Bkav FE W32.Clodbf6.Trojan.80d1
ESET-NOD32 9248 a variant of Win64/Toolbar.Crossrider.A
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.BL
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R047H05A214
VIPRE Antivirus 25060 Crossrider (fs)
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: CrossReader
URL: crossrider.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\crossreader
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\CrossReader\Uninstall.exe /fromcontrolpanel=1
Estimated size: 5.11 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CrossReader

Program executable:CrossReader-bg.exe (Malware detected)
CrossReader exe
Path:C:\Program Files\crossreader\CrossReader-bg.exe
Additional files:
  • CrossReader-bg.exe - CrossReader (CrossReader exe)
  • CrossReader-bho.dll - CrossReader BHO
  • (Malware detected) CrossReader-bho64.dll
  • CrossReader-buttonutil.exe
  • CrossReader-buttonutil64.exe
  • CrossReader-codedownloader.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - CrossReader Installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • CrossReader-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'CrossReader' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311671120} (CrossriderApp0036720).
  • CrossReader-bho64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'CrossReader' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311671120} (CrossriderApp0036720).

How do I remove CrossReader?

Quickly and completely remove CrossReader from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove CrossReader from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall CrossReader 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 CrossReader, 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 CrossReader.
  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 CrossReader you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 7 1%
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.63%
Windows 10 32.39%
Windows XP 6.34%
Windows Vista 5.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.43%
Windows 8.1 15.00%
Windows 8 11.43%
Windows 7 Professional 6.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.18%
  Taiwan 0.47%
  Mexico 0.47%
  Pakistan 0.47%
  Iran 0.47%
  Canada 0.47%
  Italy 0.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.58%
Dell 25.44%
Acer 14.04%
Toshiba 9.65%
ASUS 8.77%
Lenovo 2.63%
Samsung 1.75%
Sony 1.75%
Common models
Gateway NE56R 3.51%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.51%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.51%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.63%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 1.75%
Dell Inspiron 5520 1.75%


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