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Should I remove MSN GamesBar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
61% remove it39% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,616
United States Rank #10,705
Reach 0.0139%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.59 days
371.27 days >
Average installed length: 195.07 days


VersionDistribution 6.23% 87.91% 5.86%

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MSN GamesBar

What is MSN GamesBar?

(This is not part of Microsoft MSN). It is an ad-supported potentially unwanted web browser toolbar.


MSN GamesBar is a program developed by Visicom Media. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is encyclopediabritannicagamesbar.dll. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 7 files and is usually about 3.86 MB (4,049,282 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 79% of users of MSN GamesBar come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in MSN GamesBar.
encyclopediabritannicagamesbarX.dll (b57259c8e4ad3ca65e8d2ec42411a783) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.Visicom.bB
ESET-NOD32 9.10868 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Visicom.B
McAfee 5600.6671 Artemis!B57259C8E4AD
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 Artemis
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.229 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1116
dtuser.exe (bff3d44021f36e2d9873fa19769afef5) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Toolbar.Visicom!
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.283
ESET-NOD32 10717 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Visicom.C

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\msn_en
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\msn_en\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.86 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MSN GamesBar

Program module:encyclopediabritannicagamesbar.dll
Name:DTX Toolbar
DTX kernel Module
Path:C:\Program Files\msn_en\encyclopediabritannicagamesbar.dll
Additional files:
  • ffHelper.exe - ffHelper Application (Helper Application for IE)
  • encyclopediabritannicagamesbar64.dll - DTX Toolbar (DTX kernel Module)
  • (Malware detected) dtuser.exe - DtUser
  • encyclopediabritannicagamesbarX.dll - dtx Dynamic Link Library
  • uninstall.exe (by Iplay) - MSN GamesBar (MSN GamesBar Installer)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • encyclopediabritannicagamesbarX.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MSN GamesBar' with the class of {5e7c3693-318c-4f0f-9ff2-db485880944c}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • encyclopediabritannicagamesbarX.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'MSN GamesBar' with the class of {5e7c3693-318c-4f0f-9ff2-db485880944c}.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • dtuser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\iwingamestoolbar\dtuser.exe'.

How do I remove MSN GamesBar?

You can uninstall MSN GamesBar 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 MSN GamesBar, 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 MSN GamesBar.
  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 MSN GamesBar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 61%
Keep it 39%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.07%
Windows 10 22.99%
Windows Vista 4.38%
Windows XP 2.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.18%
Windows 8.1 11.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.52%
Windows 7 Professional 8.79%
Windows 10 Home 6.96%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

79.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 79.22%
  Canada 6.36%
  United Kingdom 3.67%
  Australia 1.96%
  South Africa 0.73%
  France 0.73%
  India 0.73%
  Belgium 0.49%
  DZ 0.49%
  Iran 0.49%
  Netherlands 0.49%
  Germany 0.49%
  Chile 0.24%
  Slovenia 0.24%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.68%
Dell 29.65%
Acer 11.56%
ASUS 10.55%
Toshiba 6.03%
Lenovo 2.01%
Intel 1.51%
Samsung 1.51%
Sony 0.50%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.05%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.38%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.38%
Dell Inspiron 570 2.70%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.70%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.70%

About Visicom Media

Visicom Media Network or VMN.net is a Web portal with a number of free services for users. Its headquarters is in Brossard, Quebec. The domain VMN.
Publisher URL: software.visicommedia.com


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