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Should I remove SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #46,204
United States Rank #28,129
Reach 0.0018%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.91 days
292.25 days >
Average installed length: 153.55 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.17.2.8 100.00%

SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE

What is SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE?

SweetPacks Toolbar for IE is a Conduit distributed toolbar built on the community toolbar platform which provides potentially unwanted web browser integration. This browser extension's primary purpose is to take control of the user's search functionality in order to generate a revenue share for the publisher and Conduit. In addition to search hijacking (although there should be options during bundle installation to prevent this), the toolbar will install itself in Internet Explorer as a toolbar and Browser Helper Object. Also, many installs contain 'Value Apps' which provides additional functionality as well as include various ad/coupon-supported extensions such as Cash Back and Price Gong. As for distribution, the toolbar is typically bundled with 3rd party publishers in order to try to maximize install revenue as typically payouts per installation is between a few cents and a couple dollars depending on the geographical location of the host. The platform in many cases installs a service 'engine' that is designed to protect the toolbar as well as the modified search and home pages to Conduit's affiliate search partner.

From the Privacy Policy: "Browsing Data about your web browsing is collected and analyzed by the Value Apps platform in real time, and it may include the web page that you are currently visiting and the content therein. This information may be used by us to trigger the relevant Apps you enabled, and we may share such information with our Partners so our Partners or us, as applicable according to the App provider, can suggest services or provide you with offers that may be relevant to you."

About  (from SweetIM Technologies)

Each Conduit Software includes a new search box for your use and enjoyment. In addition, while installing the Conduit Software, you may voluntarily opt to change your home page, other search-related preferences, add components, receive notifications and offers, or enable other features provided to you by the Publisher ...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • 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 SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE.
tbSwee.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 8.9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes v2014.01.26.01 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 14.01.26.01 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.26 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
prxtbSwee.dll (59f4aa1a1ecf4c023f44872a9aae3b76) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Conduit.16
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25282 Conduit (fs)
SweetPacks_A14ToolbarHelper.exe (943f313974a830d4634c73beb8103f5e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17313 Application.Win32.Conduit.~f
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.202
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 23610 Conduit (fs)
       View all 14 all detections
SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE 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: SweetPacks A14
URL: SweetPacksA14.OurToolbar.com
Help link: SweetPacksA14.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\conduit\ie\ct3316074
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Conduit\IE\CT3316074\UninstallerUI.exe -ctid=CT3316074 -toolbarName=SweetPacks A14 -toolbarEnv=conduit -type=IE -origin=AddRemove -user
Estimated size: 1.77 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 SweetPacksA14.OurToolbar.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 SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE

Program module:tbSwee.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\SweetPacks_A14\tbSwee.dll
MD5:975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c
Additional files:
  • UninstallerUI.exe (by Conduit) - 1.4.0.1
  • hk64tbSwee.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbSwee.dll
  • ldrtbSwee.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbSwee.dll
  • (Malware detected) SweetPacks_A14ToolbarHelper.exe - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) tbSwee.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • prxtbSwee.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).
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • prxtbSwee.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with the class of {18272225-4c7f-4445-a7e3-8b260662e407}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • prxtbSwee.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.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • prxtbSwee.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Produtools Maps B Toolbar' with a class of {18272225-4C7F-4445-A7E3-8B260662E407}.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SweetPacks_A14ToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

How do I remove SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE?

You can uninstall SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE 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 SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE, 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 SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE.
  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 SweetPacks A14 Toolbar for IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 7 3%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 45.71%
Windows 10 31.43%
Windows Vista 11.43%
Windows XP 11.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.18%
Windows 8.1 23.53%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.82%
Windows 7 Professional 5.88%
Windows 8 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

98.11% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 98.11%
  United Kingdom 1.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.38%
Dell 21.88%
Toshiba 15.63%
Acer 15.63%
ASUS 6.25%
Samsung 3.13%
Lenovo 3.13%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite P205 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855D 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L55-A 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 2.94%
Samsung Q430/Q530 2.94%

About SweetIM Technologies

The SweetIM Toolbar is a free browsing Toolbar that allows the user to add their favorite Icons and Emoticons to any web based account.
Publisher URL: sweetim.sweetpacks.com

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