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Should I remove Search Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,636
United States Rank #2,613
Reach 0.0848%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.49 days
427.38 days >
Average installed length: 224.56 days


1.2 88.39%
1.1 7.72%
1.0.4 3.89%

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Search Toolbar

What is Search Toolbar?

Zugo Search Toolbar is a generic web browser toolbar that installs a search feature and various buttons for social integration and links to web sites such as MyHeritage.com and various search providers. Search Toolbar will also attempt to change the browser's home page and search provider.

About  (from Zugo Ltd)

Our Search Toolbar offers access to the Bing™ decision engine helping users to search and surf the web! Bing brings together key information and organizes it in one place, you can check the weather forecast, look up ticket prices and book a flight all at once. Users will also find the latest news, popular videos, onlin...  Read more


The most common release is 1.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named SearchToolbar.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 3.22 MB (3,379,071 bytes). The installed file SearchToolbarUpdater.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
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Toolbar.
SearchToolbar.dll (5ddb11ea4ae68dc90c4d3eb427c290d3) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.Zugo.AMN
eSafe Win32.Trojan
ESET-NOD32 7.8355 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
SUPERAntiSpyware 10511 Adware.Zugo
VIPRE Antivirus 17952 Zugo Ltd (v) (not malicious)
SearchToolbarUpdater.exe (153be992335531d06fe3718b5645c35d) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9124 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
Norman 7.02.06 Downloader
VIPRE Antivirus 23970 Zugo Ltd (v) (not malicious)
SearchToolbarUninstall.exe (ec1a13b4f8c8f53147c29e7a29122108) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Norman 7.02.06 SmallDrp.AYGZ
VIPRE Antivirus 22196 Zugo (fs) (not malicious)
Search Toolbar 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

URL: www.bingstart.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Search Toolbar\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Search Toolbar\SearchToolbarUninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Toolbar

Program module:SearchToolbar.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\search toolbar\SearchToolbar.dll
The Zugo SearchToolbar is an Internet Explorer Toolbar. When loaded by IE, it will install a toolbar in the top of your Internet Explore web browser. By installing itself, the toolbar has full access to the a loaded web page's HTML content...
Additional files:
  • SearchToolbarUninstall.exe - Search Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) SearchToolbar.dll - SearchToolbar
  • (Malware detected) SearchToolbarUpdater.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SearchToolbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Toolbar' with the class of {9D425283-D487-4337-BAB6-AB8354A81457}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • SearchToolbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Search Toolbar' with the class of {9D425283-D487-4337-BAB6-AB8354A81457}.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • SearchToolbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Search Toolbar' with a class of {9D425283-D487-4337-BAB6-AB8354A81457}.

How do I remove Search Toolbar?

You can uninstall Search 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 Search 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 Search 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 Search Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 8 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.07%
Windows Vista 22.75%
Windows XP 9.76%
Windows 10 3.41%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.09%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 20.07%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.32%
Windows 7 Professional 6.11%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

95.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 95.38%
  Iran 1.66%
  Canada 0.39%
  India 0.35%
  Germany 0.28%
  Australia 0.28%
  United Kingdom 0.28%
  Saudi Arabia 0.18%
  IQ 0.11%
  MA 0.07%
  PR 0.07%
  Mexico 0.07%
  El Salvador 0.07%
  Belgium 0.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.36%
Dell 29.02%
Toshiba 12.40%
Acer 10.42%
Intel 1.62%
ASUS 1.53%
American Megatrends 1.26%
Gateway 0.99%
Sahara 0.81%
Samsung 0.72%
Sony 0.63%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 5.70%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.55%
HP G60 Notebook PC 5.08%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.70%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.93%
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 2.77%

About Zugo Ltd

Zugo provides search based products that deliver monetization solutions for online publishers, content owners and distributors.
Publisher URL: zugo.com


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