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Should I remove SecretSauce?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,376
United States Rank #20,724
Reach 0.0398%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.79 days
347.81 days >
Average installed length: 182.75 days


2014.01.29.231259 0.64%
2014.01.28.010740 3.32%
2014.01.25.032321 4.46%
2014.01.17.055843 9.06%
2014.01.10.194421 6.12%
2013.12.07.011955 54.72%
2013.11.23.005354 0.13%
2013.11.13.200710 21.56%


What is SecretSauce?

This toolbar/web browser extension is ad/search-supported that is typically installed as an optional offer, users generally have this bundled with 3rd party software. During setup, this toolbar will modify the home page and new tab pages to an affiliate search portal using a primary search engine in order to collect shared search revenue. It will also modify the default search provider as well.

"The Software is supported by various types of advertising, including, without limitation, search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page ads. Ads and features that appear on websites by using the Software are not associated with or endorsed by any underlying websites."


The most common release is 2013.12.07.011955, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The primary executable is named SecretSauceBHO.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 1009.09 KB (1,033,304 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SecretSauce.
SecretSauceBHO.dll (515dd712b8dc397be286fc17e509d5d2) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Agent
AVG 2015.0.3598 MalSign.Secsau
Comodo Security 17554 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8.9252 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 1/11/2014 Adware/Agent
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
Jiangmin KV140111 Adware/Agent.jaw
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10735 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.175.10735 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
Malwarebytes v2014.01.11.04 PUP.Optional.SecretSauce.A
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!515DD712B8DC
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!515DD712B8DC
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.cqvnby
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1120
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
updateSecretSauce.exe (10c787577cc3a046f7bbb7564fcfa782) has been flagged by the following 34 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Kranet!
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.30.00 PUP/Win32.SecretSauce
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BrowseFox-BZ [PUP]
AVG Secsau.483
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen7
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.sece
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.MSIL.r3 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 19936 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.250
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG (B)
ESET-NOD32 10640 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/Kranet
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG
G Data 24 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.13840 Trojan ( 0049f7ad1 )
K7GW 9.185.13839 Trojan ( 0049f7ad1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.Kranet.heur
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.SecretSauce.A
McAfee BrowseFox.c
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BrowseFox.c
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SwiftBrowse.CG
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.BrowseFox.deisen
nProtect 2014-10-29.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Agent.323360.F
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.e4c
Sophos 4.98.0 SecretSauce
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Trojan.ADH.2
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.F0CBOC0IH14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F0CBOC0IH14
VIPRE Antivirus 34348 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 51 all detections
SecretSauce 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: SecretSauce
URL: secretsauce.biz/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\SecretSauce
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SecretSauce\SecretSauceuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1009.09 KB

Program filesFiles installed by SecretSauce

Program module:SecretSauceBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\SecretSauce\SecretSauceBHO.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) SecretSauceBHO.dll - SecretSauce
  • (Malware detected) updateSecretSauce.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SecretSauceBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SecretSauce' with the class of {0ffd0ef2-dbe9-483a-80c4-d2c331da1ce4}.
2 Services
  • updateSecretSauce.exe runs as a service named 'Update SecretSauce' (Update SecretSauce).
  • updateSecretSauce(19).exe runs as a service named 'Update SecretSauce' (Update SecretSauce).

How do I remove SecretSauce?

You can uninstall SecretSauce 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 SecretSauce, 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 SecretSauce.
  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 SecretSauce you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.73%
Windows 10 31.85%
Windows XP 6.24%
Windows Vista 3.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.05%
Windows 7 Professional 9.74%
Windows 8 9.36%
Windows 8.1 7.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.68% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 13.68%
  Italy 10.01%
  India 4.51%
  Israel 3.53%
  MA 3.39%
  Australia 3.39%
  Greece 3.39%
  Egypt 3.39%
  Saudi Arabia 3.24%
  United Kingdom 2.82%
  Belgium 2.12%
  Romania 2.12%
  France 1.97%
  Hungary 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.73%
Acer 19.21%
Dell 12.57%
ASUS 11.67%
Toshiba 8.62%
Samsung 5.92%
Lenovo 4.31%
Intel 1.62%
Sony 1.44%
American Megatrends 0.54%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.41%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.07%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.96%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.59%
HP 650 Notebook PC 2.59%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.59%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com

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TurtleShroomover a year ago
Truth be told, I think the name, icon, and delivery methods are creative. If they didn't slow down my browser so terribly, I'd have kept them.