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What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,471
United States Rank #9,245
Reach 0.0177%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.31 days
599.14 days >
Average installed length: 314.80 days


VersionDistribution 57.76% 42.24%

Shopping Sidekick Plugin

What is Shopping Sidekick Plugin?

Shopping Sidekick Plugin by 215 Apps (50onRed) is a Browser Helper Object installed into Internet Explorer that monitors web pages for possible affiliate merchant partners. Shopping Sidekick will let you know when there are coupons by showing a counter in the top right of Web sites. Shopping Sidekick is an adware type program that has causes serious performance issues to your PC by installing a number of plug-ins and add-ins to your web browser and Windows. It injects ads directly by modifying web pages based on your surfing habits.

About  (from 215 Apps)

After you install Shopping Sidekick our install screen should pop-up, if it does not, search your download location for Shopping-Sidekick.exe. Once our installer loads, follow the on-screen instructions to install. After installation all you have to do is restart your browser. How do I know I can use Shopping Sidekick ...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named Shopping Sidekick PluginGui.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 5.06 MB (5,303,060 bytes).

This browser extension utilizes Crossrider framework, a cross-browser toolbar/plugin platform used to develop, deploy and monetize web browser toolbars for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Crossrider extension provide monetization options, mostly potentially unwanted apps, for toolbars including coupons, search assistant (home page and search hijacking) and in-text contextual advertising. Many adware programs (defined by a number of anti-virus vendors) are built using Crossrider as it provides a quick an easy way to deploy ad-supported features that will assist in browser search hijacking.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Uses the Crossrider toolbar framework
  • During install it may hijack/modify the browser's homepage and search provider
  • Runs disconnected from the browser as a background process
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Shopping Sidekick Plugin.
Shopping Sidekick PluginGui.exe (b40f67170a5407ce65b1a959ecbbec47) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.14
Malwarebytes v2013.06.13.04 PUP.215Apps
Uninstall.exe (2f5d917009312814ee111285da30e022) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Crossrider-C [PUP]
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.AJN
Dr.Web Adware.Allgo.9
ESET-NOD32 8943 Win32/Packed.ScrambleWrapper.A
Fortinet FortiGate 4 W32/Generic
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.215Apps
McAfee Artemis!2F5D91700931
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!2F5D91700931
Sophos 4.93.0 Generic PUA EL
VIPRE Antivirus 22590 GamePlayLabs (fs)
Shopping Sidekick Plugin.dll (a3059269a6255b88a76baf580f94748d) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Toolbar.aSg
ESET-NOD32 8963 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.A
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.215Apps
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0124
VIPRE Antivirus 22702 Crossrider (fs)
Shopping Sidekick Plugin-bg.exe (2a0147f4a8ad33663609438b785c634b) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Toolbar.aduf
ESET-NOD32 9137 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.E
K7GW 9.174.10426 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.215Apps
VIPRE Antivirus 24048 Crossrider (fs)
       View all 23 all detections
Shopping Sidekick Plugin 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: shopping-sidekick.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\shopping sidekick plugin
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Shopping Sidekick Plugin\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 5.06 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shopping Sidekick Plugin

Program executable:Shopping Sidekick PluginGui.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Shopping Sidekick Plugin
Shopping Sidekick Plugin exe
Path:C:\Program Files\shopping sidekick plugin\Shopping Sidekick PluginGui.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Shopping Sidekick Plugin.dll - Shopping Sidekick Plugin (Shopping Sidekick Plugin BHO)
  • (Malware detected) Shopping Sidekick Plugin-bg.exe - Shopping Sidekick Plugin exe
  • (Malware detected) Shopping Sidekick PluginGui.exe
  • (Malware detected) Uninstall.exe - Shopping Sidekick Plugin Installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Shopping Sidekick Plugin.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Shopping Sidekick Plugin' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110211181102} (CrossriderApp0021802).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Shopping Sidekick Plugin-bg.exe
Memory:7.92 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0070307236%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00249499%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00453573%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Shopping Sidekick Plugin?

You can uninstall Shopping Sidekick Plugin 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 Sidekick Plugin, 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 Sidekick Plugin.
  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 Shopping Sidekick Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.77%
Windows Vista 13.47%
Windows 10 10.60%
Windows XP 7.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 56.81%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.96%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.80%
Windows 8 5.22%
Windows 7 Professional 4.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

79.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 79.46%
  United Kingdom 10.17%
  Canada 4.80%
  Australia 1.54%
  Iran 1.34%
  Germany 0.77%
  Mexico 0.38%
  Brazil 0.19%
  Dominican Republic 0.19%
  UA 0.19%
  Switzerland 0.19%
  RS 0.19%
  Russia 0.19%
  Indonesia 0.19%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.18%
Dell 26.87%
Acer 12.69%
Toshiba 11.57%
ASUS 4.85%
Lenovo 1.87%
Gateway 0.75%
Samsung 0.75%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.98%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.49%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.91%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.91%
Dell Inspiron 620 2.33%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.33%

About 215 Apps

215 Apps developes a number of adware driven toolbar programs such as DropinSavings, Vid-Saver, Giant Savings, Savings Sidekick, etc.
Publisher URL: www.215apps.com


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