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Should I remove Protector by IB?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,697
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 558.92 days
1365.96 days >
Average installed length: 717.71 days

Protector by IB

What is Protector by IB?

Protector by IB is designed to 'protect' the company's toolbar platforms (Codefuel) such as Incredibar and SweetIM Toolbar from being modified by the user and or 3rd-party browser products.


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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The primary executable is named ExtensionUpdaterService.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 2.01 MB (2,107,296 bytes). The installed file ExtensionUpdaterService.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • 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 Protector by IB.
ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (a82c4c116ef96d5be9b3bbc5a0fbe948) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.aE
ESET-NOD32 8.8963 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.BitCocktail.B

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.codefuel.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Protector by IB\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Protector by IB\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 2.01 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Protector by IB

Program executable:ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (Malware detected)
Signed by:Macte! Labs
Path:C:\Program Files\Protector by IB\ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
extensionupdaterservice.exe is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
Additional files:
  • Extension32.dll
  • Extension64.dll
  • (Malware detected) ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
  • InstallerHelper.dll
  • source.crx
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • Extension64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Protector by IB' with the class of {336D0C35-8A85-403a-B9D2-65C292C39087} (Protector by IB Helper).
  • Extension32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Protector by IB' with the class of {336D0C35-8A85-403a-B9D2-65C292C39087} (Protector by IB Helper).
Scheduled Task
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{83F493FF-E35C-4B6F-B50E-A8464A53EAD7}' (runs on registration).
  • ExtensionUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Protector by IB Updater' (Protector by IB Updater).

How do I remove Protector by IB?

You can uninstall Protector by IB 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 Protector by IB, 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 Protector by IB.
  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 Protector by IB you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 72%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.13%
Windows Vista 9.43%
Windows XP 5.66%
Windows 10 3.77%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 62.26%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.55%
Windows 7 Professional 5.66%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.66%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.66%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.82%
  United Kingdom 8.82%
  Germany 4.41%
  MA 2.94%
  France 2.94%
  RS 2.94%
  Australia 2.94%
  Mexico 2.94%
  New Zealand 2.94%
  Israel 2.94%
  Iran 2.94%
  Netherlands 2.94%
  Croatia 2.94%
  Canada 2.94%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.61%
Dell 16.33%
Toshiba 14.29%
ASUS 10.20%
Samsung 8.16%
Sony 8.16%
Acer 4.08%
Medion 2.04%
Lenovo 2.04%
Common models
Samsung RV411/RV511/E3511... 4.08%
ASUSTeK K53E 4.08%
Dell Inspiron 1545 4.08%
Dell XPS M1530 4.08%
TOSHIBA Satellite L455 2.04%
TOSHIBA Satellite L450D 2.04%

About Perion Network

Perion Network, formerly IncrediMail, is a consumer software company that develops programs to "make people's online experience simple, safe and enjoyable".
Publisher URL: www.perion.com


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