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What percent of users and experts removed it?
64% remove it36% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,518
United States Rank #24,210
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.81 days
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Average installed length: 121.01 days

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DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar


DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar is a software program developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named dqBar.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 63 files and is usually about 10.82 MB (11,341,421 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 32% of users of DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar.
dqBar.dll (e9c571293c3249d5a133e2e60b9f1db6) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.MyWebSearch
avast! 2014.9-150816 Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP]
AVware MyWebSearch.J (v)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.MyWebSearch.71
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
Cyren W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen!Eldorado
Dr.Web Adware.MyWebSearch.106
ESET-NOD32 9.12074 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.AS potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/16/2015 Riskware/MyWebSearch
F-Prot v6. W32/Mywebsearch.K.gen
Malwarebytes v2015.08.16.07 PUP.Optional.Mindspark.A
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Anfp
VIPRE Antivirus 42788 MyWebSearch.J (v) (not malicious)
Zillya Adware.Toolbar.Win32.749
       View all 14 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.mindspark.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\DownSpeedTest_dq\bar\1.bin
Uninstaller: rundll32 "C:\Program Files\DownSpeedTest_dq\bar\1.bin\dqBar.dll",O mindsparktoolbarkey="DownSpeedTest_dq" uninstalltype=IE
Estimated size: 10.82 MB

Program filesFiles installed by DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar

Program module:dqBar.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer
Mindspark Toolbar Platform
Path:C:\Program Files\DownSpeedTest_dq\bar\1.bin\dqBar.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
  • CrExtPdq.exe
  • DpnMngr.dll
  • dqbar.dll
  • dqbarsvc.exe
  • dqbprtct.dll
  • dqdatact.dll
  • dqdlghk.dll
  • dqdlghk64.dll
  • dqfeedmg.dll
  • dqhighin.exe
  • dqhtmlmu.dll
  • dqhttpct.dll
  • dqidle.dll
  • dqmedint.exe
  • dqmlbtn.dll
  • dqPlugin.dll
  • dqregiet.dll
  • dqscript.dll
  • dqskin.dll
  • dqskplay.exe
  • dqSrcAs.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)
  • dqtpinst.dll - ThirdPartyInstaller Module
  • installKeys.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • dqSrcAs.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Assistant BHO' with the class of {7320e42c-584c-4d2a-97b9-9bc404fd4e53}.
  • dqbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {7ca419dd-f20b-4b30-9c75-c27740c184fe}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • dqbar.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • dqbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'DailyWellnessGuide' with the class of {45b6f222-b8b9-414f-962a-12044d652229}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • dqSrcAs.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {15871ceb-053b-48a1-b82b-3715db3a13b3} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.
  • dqbar.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with a class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • dqbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'DailyWellnessGuide' with a class of {45B6F222-B8B9-414F-962A-12044D652229}.
  • dqbarsvc.exe runs as a service named 'DailyWellnessGuideService' (DailyWellnessGuide_80Service).
5 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • APPINTEGRATOR.EXE is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Elite Unzip Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\ELITEU~2\bar\2.bin\aasrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • AppIntegrator64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Internet Speed Tracker Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\INTERN~3\bar\3.bin\9tsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • dqmedint.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Allin1Convert Search Scope Monitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\ALLIN1~1\bar\2.bin\8hsrchmn.exe" /m=2 /w /h.
  • dqbarsvc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WeatherBlink Home Page Guard 64 bit' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\WEATHE~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe".
  • dqbar.dll is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Internet Speed Tracker' which loads as rundll32 C:\Program Files1\INTERN~3\bar\5.bin\9tbar.dll,S.

How do I remove DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar?

You can uninstall DownSpeedTest 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 DownSpeedTest 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 DownSpeedTest Internet Explorer Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 53%
Win XP 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 64%
Keep it 36%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 52.68%
Windows 7 40.00%
Windows Vista 5.37%
Windows XP 1.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 30.73%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.39%
Windows 8.1 12.20%
Windows 7 Professional 8.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.34%
Windows 10 Pro 4.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.26% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.26%
  France 13.82%
  Germany 11.52%
  Italy 5.07%
  United Kingdom 4.61%
  Canada 4.15%
  DK 3.69%
  Australia 2.76%
  Spain 2.76%
  Netherlands 2.76%
  Sweden 2.76%
  Belgium 1.84%
  Brazil 1.38%
  IQ 1.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.15%
Acer 26.67%
Dell 10.37%
Toshiba 8.89%
ASUS 7.41%
Lenovo 6.67%
Medion 4.44%
Samsung 2.96%
American Megatrends 2.22%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.70%
Gigabyte H81M-S2PV 1.85%
Gigabyte H81M-S1 1.85%
HP 14 Notebook PC 1.85%
Acer Aspire E5-521 1.85%
Acer Aspire 5735 1.85%

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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