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Should I remove PennyBee?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,895
United States Rank #10,222
Reach 0.0431%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.04 days
266.55 days >
Average installed length: 140.05 days


VersionDistribution 2.59% 14.24% 0.35% 4.35% 0.24% 2.24% 4.47% 0.24% 0.12% 1.41% 0.59% 0.35% 0.35% 2.00% 2.12% 21.65% 29.41% 8.71% 3.06% 1.53%

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What is PennyBee?

PennyBee is an advertising supported (adware) extension that runs in the context of the user's web browser as well as a process in the background. This adware program is typically bundled by a third-party download manager which bundles potentially unwanted software offers in order to monetize installs. Once running, the software is designed to deliver advertisements to the browser in a number of common formats such as banner, text hyper-links, inline text ads and/or transitional. These ads are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the underlying website on which they appear. Many banners are either injected in the header or footer of the web page or simply replace any legitimate ads the web site already has. Many of the advertisements are considered malvertising since they promote products that could cause harm to the user's PC. A typical promotion is for additional software downloads (including adware and bundlers) as well as price comparison and search ads. In some cases, ad placements may contain links to further information about the ad (by clicking the "Ads by PennyBee".)


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is pennybee.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 30 files and is usually about 2.25 MB (2,363,074 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PennyBee.
pennybee.exe (f7181e6df93cb6123363915fe97079a3) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir APPL/Linkury.G.2
Trend Micro 10.465.25 ADW_LINKURY
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.237 ADW_LINKURY
PennyBeeW.exe (6a98a83c9da42578ab09939c4340610b) has been flagged by the following 36 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1
Agnitum Outpost PUA.PennyBee!
ALYac Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/MSIL.PennyBee
Arcabit Trojan.Adware.PennyBee.1
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.Linkury.M
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.MSIL.r3 (Not a Virus)
Cyren W32/Application.OIXP-2254
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1 (B)
ESET-NOD32 12095 MSIL/Toolbar.Linkury.M potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/PennyBee
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee
G Data 25 Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1
Jiangmin 16.0.100 AdWare/MSIL.bwl
K7 AntiVirus 9.209.16896 Trojan ( 004a87d21 )
K7GW 9.209.16896 Trojan ( 004a87d21 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.MSIL.PennyBee.t
Malwarebytes Adware.Linkular
McAfee Artemis!6A98A83C9DA4
McAfee-GW-Edition v2015 Artemis!PUP
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.PennyBee.1
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.dllokw
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM03.0.Malware.Gen
Rising Antivirus PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.17E64C5C!400968796
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA KL (PUA)
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.PennyBee/Variant
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Trojan.Gen.2
Tencent Msil.Adware.Pennybee.Wqxc
Trend Micro 9.800.0.1009 ADW_LINKURY
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 ADW_LINKURY
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.MSIL.PennyBee
VIPRE Antivirus 42880 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Zillya Adware.PennyBee.Win32.19
InternetExplorerBHO.dll (b42083cc3f614447e193072187706092) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
IKARUS anti.virus T3. PUA.Linkury
K7GW 9.183.12998 Adware ( 0049f2141 )
       View all 41 all detections
PennyBee 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: PennyBee
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pennybee
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PennyBee\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 2.25 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PennyBee

Program executable:pennybee.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\pennybee\pennybee.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) InternetExplorerBHO.dll
  • uninstall.exe - PennyBee
  • Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smia64.exe - Smartbar.Monetization.InjectApp
  • ProxySettings.dll - ProxySettings
  • Smartbar.Monetization.Proxy.ProxyService.dll - ProxyService
  • (Malware detected) PennyBeeW.exe - PennyBeeW
  • Proxy.Lib.dll - Proxy.Lib
  • srut.dll - srut
  • DealplyInstallerHelper.dll
  • DPHelper.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • InternetExplorerBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PennyBee' with the class of {ECCD8756-E877-457F-8C44-4EC20055DDB5} (IIexplorerBHO).
  • PennyBee.exe runs as a service named 'PennyBee service' (PennyBee) "PennyBee".
Startup File (User Run)
  • PennyBeeW.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PeenyBee' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\PennyBee\PennyBeeW.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PennyBeeW.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PennyBee' which loads as C:\Program Files\PennyBee\PennyBeeW.exe.

How do I remove PennyBee?

You can uninstall PennyBee 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 PennyBee, 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 PennyBee.
  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 PennyBee you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.88%
Windows 10 39.53%
Windows XP 7.29%
Windows Vista 3.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.92%
Windows 8.1 20.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.60%
Windows 7 Professional 7.68%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.21%
Windows 8 5.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.53%
  Brazil 14.98%
  India 7.19%
  Germany 5.97%
  Italy 5.16%
  Sweden 3.04%
  Canada 3.04%
  France 2.73%
  United Kingdom 2.63%
  Russia 2.43%
  Australia 1.82%
  Thailand 1.72%
  Turkey 1.72%
  Poland 1.62%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.34%
Acer 19.50%
Dell 14.85%
ASUS 8.05%
Samsung 7.16%
Toshiba 6.98%
Lenovo 5.55%
Medion 2.50%
Intel 2.33%
MSI 0.89%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.01%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.01%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.28%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.28%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.92%
Gateway NE56R 2.19%


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