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What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,605
United States Rank #12,084
Reach 0.0251%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.97 days
471.20 days >
Average installed length: 247.58 days


VersionDistribution 25.05% 28.28% 39.80% 6.87%

ShowPass Smartbar

What is ShowPass Smartbar?

ShowPass Smartbar is an adware program (supported by various types of advertising) that is usually bundled by third party installers and download managers. Once installed, this ad-supported web browser extension will run within the context of the user's browser (supports Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) and is primarily designed to inject advertisements in a number of formats within the web pages the user is visiting. Ad insertion takes place in the form of both full banner adverts as well as text-hyperlinks that are injected over existing HTML content. As for the banners, these are either inserted within existing white space in the rendered HTML or by overwriting the pages ads. In either case, these ads are not associated by the underlying website and are simply injected by the adware through an extension, BHO or plugin depending on the browser.

Summary of this adware's functions:
- Installs a web browser extension
- Injects ads within the underlying webpage
- Ads appear as banners or inline text advertisements
- Ads are targeted to queries the user makes
- Tracks web pages visited, search terms and domains


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 adobe air updater.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 144 files and is usually about 10.09 MB (10,575,872 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in ShowPass Smartbar.
showpass.exe (14fd4f269d758a1a1f6c70dc6930551e) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 663 Adware.Linkury.S
ALYac Adware.Linkury.S
AVG 2016.0.3141 Generic
AVware Adware.Linkury (fs)
Bitdefender Adware.Linkury.S
Comodo Security 21620 ApplicUnwnt
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Linkury.S
ESET-NOD32 9.11414 a variant of MSIL/Toolbar.Linkury.A potentially unwanted
F-Secure 11.2015-13-04_2 Adware.Linkury.S
G Data 15.4.25 Adware.Linkury
McAfee 5600.6797 Artemis!14FD4F269D75
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Linkury.S
nProtect Adware.Linkury.S
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA CO
Symantec 4/13/2015 rev. 2 WS.Reputation
Trend Micro 10.465.13 ADW_Linkury.component
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.103 ADW_Linkury.component
VIPRE Antivirus 38988 Adware.Linkury (fs)
       View all 18 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: snap.do
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\smartbar\common\iconswide
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{CCBA4895-11F3-4D81-B430-A37DA2198E68} /quiet
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 10.09 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ShowPass Smartbar

Program executable:adobe air updater.exe
Name:Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR Installer
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\adobe air\versions\1.0\resources\adobe air updater.exe
Additional files:
  • crdli.dll
  • sb.host.json
  • crdli64.dll
  • crdlil.dll
  • axinterop.wmplib.dll
  • browserhelper.exe - BrowserHelper
  • interop.shdocvw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • interop.wmplib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WMPLib'.
  • lrcnt.dll - lrcnt
  • lrcnta.exe - Lrcnta
  • lrrot.dll - lrrot
  • mactrackbarlib.dll
  • ndde.dll (by Brian Gideon) - NDde
  • newtonsoft.json.dll (by Newtonsoft) - Json.NET (Json.NET .NET 2.0)
  • piflagsmanager.dll - FlagsManager
  • pilogger.dll - PI_Logger
  • pilogmanager.dll - LogManager
  • productsremovaltool.exe - Smartbar.Resources.ProductsRemovalTool
  • proxy.lib.dll - Proxy.Lib
  • proxysettings.dll - ProxySettings
  • sgml.dll - sgmu
  • sgmu.dll
  • sidb.dll (by Microsoft) - sipb
  • siem.dll
  • sipb.dll (by Microsoft) - Client
  • sismlp.dll - sismlp
  • smartbar.common.dll - Smartbar.Common
  • smartbar.communication.dll - TAWAG.Communication
  • smartbar.communication.namedpipe.dll - TAWAG.Communication.NamedPipe
  • 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.infrastructure.plugins.firefoxlocalplugin.dll
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.internetexplorerlocalplugin.dll - InternetExplorerLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.utilities.dll - SmartbarGUI
  • smartbar.monetization.proxy.proxyservice.dll - ProxyService
  • smartbar.personalization.common.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Common
  • smartbar.resources.historyandstatswrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.dll - Smartbar.Resources.LanguageSettings
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SocialNetsSharer
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.xmlserializers.dll
  • smartbar.resources.translations.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Translations
  • smartbarinternetexplorerextension.dll - ShowPass Smartbar
  • smartbarversionshelper.exe - SmartbarVersionsHelper
  • smsp.dll - Smartbar.Monetization.SearchProviders
  • smta.dll - smta
  • smti.dll - Tray
  • smtu.dll - smtu
  • spbe.dll - spbe
  • spbl.dll - spbl
  • sppsm.dll - sppsm
  • spsm.dll - spsm
  • spusm.dll - spusm
  • srau.dll - srau
  • srbhu.dll - srbhu
  • srbs.dll - srbs
  • srbu.dll - srbu

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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

How do I remove ShowPass Smartbar?

You can uninstall ShowPass Smartbar 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 ShowPass Smartbar, 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 ShowPass Smartbar.
  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) 45%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.61%
Windows 10 43.95%
Windows Vista 2.42%
Windows XP 2.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.07%
Windows 8.1 16.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.78%
Windows 7 Professional 12.58%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 8.32%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.31%
  Mexico 13.71%
  Brazil 9.03%
  Argentina 5.35%
  Chile 4.18%
  Canada 3.34%
  Colombia 2.51%
  United Kingdom 2.01%
  Italy 1.67%
  Turkey 1.34%
  France 1.17%
  Saudi Arabia 1.00%
  Belgium 0.84%
  Australia 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.12%
Dell 21.12%
Acer 14.60%
Toshiba 10.56%
Lenovo 7.76%
ASUS 7.45%
Samsung 2.48%
Intel 1.55%
Alienware 0.93%
MSI 0.93%
Sony 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.64%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.03%
TOSHIBA Satellite C845 3.03%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.42%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.42%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.42%

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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