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Should I remove Softonic_Japan Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #40,953
Reach 0.0024%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 70.47 days
1122.78 days >
Average installed length: 589.94 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.8.10.0 2.17%
6.8.5.1 6.52%
6.5.2.8 2.17%
6.2.2.4 89.13%

Softonic_Japan Toolbar

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What is Softonic_Japan Toolbar?

Softonic_Japan Toolbar is a 'Community Toolbar' from Conduit, that plugs into the various web browsers such as IE, Chrome and Firefox. The toolbar is an advertising-supported program that is designed to display ads within the bar itself and will modify the browser's home page and search settings in order to collect usage statistics. The toolbar is generally bundled with 3rd party developer programs in order to help monetize free (and some paid) software. During installation, the user might be given the option to modify the home and search pages, however this is often checked by default and overlooked. Should the software be removed from the user's computer, the settings will need to be manually reverted back. The company, based on the EULA, will automatically download and install remote updates as well as collect and store details about the user's web browsing activities and store it locally on the PC in order to interact with the toolbar application to suggest additional services or provide more targeted advertising. From the license agreement - "By Using a Conduit Software you may enable Conduit to access, use and collect a variety of information, both personal and non-personal, regarding your Internet Browser, your browsing habits, and information about your computer".

Overview

The most used version is 6.2.2.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is tbSoft.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. It also bundles additional software in the form of the Conduit Engine, which installs a potentially unwanted toolbar, and makes homepage and default search engine changes to a user's web browser. The software installer includes 17 files and is usually about 3.93 MB (4,125,210 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • This toolbar is distributed via Conduit (potentially unwanted)
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Softonic_Japan Toolbar.
tbSoft.dll (e4cc410bd005958125cd87c5f6e66371) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4246 HW32.Stranact
ESET-NOD32 7.9577 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 14.04.22.11 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 27650 Conduit (fs)
prxtbSof0.dll (9117027aea464e41c60b87b9826e8447) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10641 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 31234 Conduit (fs)
tbSof0.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
Softonic_JapanToolbarHelper.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 25 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
ldrtbSof0.dll (5b9b1f88e9a9dcd1b1699b192aca297e) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9264 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 25216 Conduit (fs)
uninstall.exe (b728fa6a309e5d18141947b95b730e95) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26380 Conduit (fs)
       View all 25 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Softonic_Japan
URL: SoftonicJapanToolbar.Media-Toolbar.com
Help link: SoftonicJapanToolbar.Media-Toolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Softonic_Japan
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files2\SOFTON~1\UNWISE.EXE /U C:\Program Files2\SOFTON~1\INSTALL.LOG
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 3.93 MB
This is a Community Toolbar by Conduit, what does that mean?
Conduit is a toolbar monetization platform for software publishers. It provides a utility for developers to create branded generic web browser toolbars. Publishers can bundle these toolbars with their software programs or provide access to download them separately through SoftonicJapanToolbar.Media-Toolbar.com. Once installed, the toolbar modifies the browser's home page and search settings in order to redirect searches through the Conduit portal (which utilizes Bing or Yahoo! Search engines). Read more...

Program filesFiles installed by Softonic_Japan Toolbar

Program module:tbSoft.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\Softonic_Japan\tbSoft.dll
MD5:e4cc410bd005958125cd87c5f6e66371
Additional files:
  • tbSof1.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Automatic Update
  • (Malware detected) Softonic_JapanToolbarHelper.exe (by Conduit) - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • hk64tbSof0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbSof0.dll
  • ldrtbSof0.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSof0.dll
  • tbSof0.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbSof0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with the class of {18272225-4c7f-4445-a7e3-8b260662e407} (Produtools Maps B).
  • tbSoft.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MessengerPlusLive TB Toolbar' with the class of {d8fb4583-db9d-4c7b-85be-294c13a3e5c4}.
2 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbSoft.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Softonic France FF Findbar' with a class of {EC99436A-C0E6-4FFA-915D-132E669B3936}.
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbSof0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with the class of {18272225-4c7f-4445-a7e3-8b260662e407}.
  • tbSoft.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'MessengerPlusLive TB Toolbar' with the class of {d8fb4583-db9d-4c7b-85be-294c13a3e5c4}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbSof0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with a class of {18272225-4c7f-4445-a7e3-8b260662e407} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbSoft.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'MessengerPlusLive TB Toolbar' with a class of {d8fb4583-db9d-4c7b-85be-294c13a3e5c4} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
2 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbSof0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with a class of {18272225-4C7F-4445-A7E3-8B260662E407}.
  • tbSoft.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'MessengerPlusLive TB Toolbar' with a class of {D8FB4583-DB9D-4C7B-85BE-294C13A3E5C4}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{42CD7A24-AF4B-44A0-A119-1C6F9B6E2A90}' (runs on registration).
  • Softonic_JapanToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Softonic_JapanToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Softonic_JapanToolbarHelper.exe
Total CPU:0.4892737327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.29804920%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.19122453%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Softonic_Japan Toolbar?

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Or, you can uninstall Softonic_Japan 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Softonic_Japan Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Softonic_Japan 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 Softonic_Japan Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 76%
Win 7 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.26%
Windows Vista 8.70%
Windows XP 6.52%
Windows 10 6.52%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 52.17%
Windows 7 Professional 15.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.70%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.52%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.52%
Windows 8 Pro 4.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

87.76% of installs come from Japan
Which countries install it?
  Japan 87.76%
  United States 8.16%
  Hong Kong 2.04%
  Taiwan 2.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 20.00%
Lenovo 16.00%
Acer 16.00%
Sony 16.00%
Hewlett-Packard 8.00%
NEC 8.00%
Toshiba 4.00%
GIGABYTE 4.00%
Samsung 4.00%
American Megatrends 4.00%
Common models
Dell Vostro 230 5.26%
TOSHIBA dynabook T451/35D... 2.63%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.63%
Dell Studio 1557 2.63%
Dell Inspiron 580s 2.63%
clevo M7x0S 2.63%

About Softonic International S.L

Softonic operates a Website for software downloads as well as distributes an application programming interface that allows developers to build applications and mashups based on Softonic's content; and Softonic Answers, a user community for exchanging information and opinions about software.
Publisher URL: en.softonic.com

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