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Should I remove Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,503
United States Rank #7,965
Reach 0.1171%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.45 days
544.23 days >
Average installed length: 285.95 days


VersionDistribution 3.73% 3.73% 18.98% 5.76% 5.33% 2.25% 2.04% 3.03% 5.16% 0.04% 36.27% 4.03% 5.89% 0.87% 2.38% 0.52%

Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine

What is Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine?

Shopping Helper Smartbar is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is ad-supported and will display various popup and banner ads as well as modify the user's web browser search and home page settings. This plugin will update Internet Explorer (as a BHO), Chrome (as an extension) and Firefox (as an add-in). In some cases, the program will monitor a user's behavior (which the user agreed to if they did not read the full EULA) and will inject rival advertisements over existing one or just inject new ones all together. This toolbar is typically bundled by third party download managers/installers or through questionable online ads.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The main program executable is smartbar.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 237 files and is usually about 20.37 MB (21,356,032 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine.
smartbar.exe (efb88b6504c7c8370f0d63ace6da825f) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Linkury.1
ESET-NOD32 8.9190 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Linkury.A
VIPRE Antivirus 24832 Adware.Linkury (fs)
Bundled relationships
       View all 4

Program detailsProgram details

URL: snap.do
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\adobe\reader 9.0\reader\plug_ins
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9726F9E3-EE13-4601-B2AF-81B1413BD8AF} /quiet ENGINE=1
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 20.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine

Program executable:smartbar.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • newtonsoft.json.dll (by Newtonsoft) - Json.NET (Json.NET .NET 2.0)
  • axinterop.wmplib.dll
  • browserhelper.exe - BrowserHelper
  • googlechromeremoteplugin.dll - GoogleChromeRemotePlugin (nprt)
  • interop.wmplib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WMPLib'.
  • mactrackbarlib.dll
  • microsoft.mshtml.dll - Assembly imported from type library MSHTML
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.dll (by Microsoft) - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Logging Provider
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Logging Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.objectbuilder.dll - Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder
  • ndde.dll (by Brian Gideon) - NDde
  • productsremovaltool.exe - Smartbar.Resources.ProductsRemovalTool
  • regasm.exe - Microsoft® .NET Framework (Microsoft .NET Assembly Registration Utility)
  • sgml.dll - sgmu
  • sgmu.dll
  • sidb.dll - sipb
  • siem.dll
  • sipb.dll - Client
  • sismlp.dll - sismlp
  • smartbar.common.dll - Smartbar.Common
  • smartbar.communication.dll - TAWAG.Communication
  • smartbar.gui.controls.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Controls
  • smartbar.gui.docking.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Docking
  • smartbar.gui.mainclient.dll - Smartbar
  • smartbar.infrastructure.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Infrastructure.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.infrastructure.core.dll - SmartbarProxy
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.chromelocalplugin.dll
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.dll - Smartbar.Resources.LanguageSettings
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.resources.dll
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SocialNetsSharer
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.xmlserializers.dll
  • smartbar.resources.translations.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Translations
  • smartbarinternetexplorerbho.dll - SmartbarInternetExplorerBHO
  • smartbarinternetexplorerextension.dll - Shopping Helper Smartbar
  • smartbarversionshelper.exe - SmartbarVersionsHelper
  • spbe.dll - spbe
  • spbl.dll - spbl
  • spsm.dll - spsm
  • srau.dll - srau
  • srbhu.dll - srbhu
  • srgu.dll - srgu
  • srns.dll - srns
  • srpu.dll - srpu
  • srsbs.dll - srsbs
  • srsbsau.dll (by Smartbar) - srsbsau
  • srsl.dll - srsl
  • sruhs.dll - sruhs
  • srus.dll - srus
  • chromehost.exe - ChromeHost
  • interop.shdocvw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • lrcnt.dll - lrcnt
  • lrcnta.exe - Lrcnta
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.firefoxlocalplugin.dll
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.internetexplorerlocalplugin.dll - InternetExplorerLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.utilities.dll - SmartbarGUI
  • smartbar.personalization.common.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Common
  • smartbar.resources.historyandstatswrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smartbarfirefoxremoteplugin_26.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • smartbar.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Browser Infrastructure Helper' and executes as C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Smartbar\Application\Smartbar.exe startup.

How do I remove Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine?

You can uninstall Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine 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 Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine, 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 Shopping Helper Smartbar Engine.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 48%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.45%
Windows 10 38.89%
Windows Vista 6.54%
Windows XP 3.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.32%
Windows 8.1 19.53%
Windows 7 Professional 8.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.26%
Windows 8 7.09%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

22.15% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 22.15%
  France 16.67%
  Germany 12.81%
  Italy 7.89%
  United Kingdom 6.92%
  Canada 6.79%
  Australia 5.56%
  Spain 2.97%
  Belgium 2.50%
  Brazil 2.21%
  Netherlands 1.74%
  Taiwan 1.23%
  Mexico 1.10%
  South Africa 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.91%
Acer 24.49%
ASUS 13.86%
Dell 10.76%
Toshiba 7.19%
Samsung 5.28%
Lenovo 3.04%
Medion 1.65%
Intel 0.99%
American Megatrends 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.43%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.30%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.13%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.10%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.41%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.24%

About (from ReSoft Ltd.)

Our vision is to become the leading provider of simple, smart web solutions and complementary applications dedicated to improving browsing efficiency and simplicity using existing technologies and user interfaces.
Publisher URL: www.snap.do


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