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Should I remove WebSparkle?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,258
Reach 0.0058%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.38 days
188.09 days >
Average installed length: 98.83 days


1.0.0 100.00%

WebSparkle 1.0.0

What is WebSparkle?

WebSparkle is an adware web browser extension designed to take control of the user's browser in order to redirect web searches and inject advertising. In Internet Explorer the program run as a Browser Helper Object. The add-in performs a number of behaviors that will hijack advertising on non-associated web sites as well as inject its own advertising in the form of contextual link ads, banner ads, popups and pop-overs including the hijacking of known ad serving sites. This adware is typically bundled with various third party unwanted applications as well as through web browser exploits.

Functionality of the toolbar includes:
- Injects advertising in the form of context ads, links and pop-ups.
- Changing the web browser's default home page.
- Changing the browser's search provider, built-in search box.
- Ability to modify the 'new tab' functionality to launch the modified search portal page.
- Adds an alternative error page, DNS error and 'page not' found functionality.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

Get results that shine with WebSparkle.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WebSparkle.
updateWebSparkle.exe (be8a65afe0b8edc1b9baf811dd41ffc5) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8.9190 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.G
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.0.127 Win32.SuspectCrc
WebSparkleBHO.dll (50a1c92ce39b17c6969ea9bf34d61366) has been flagged by the following 23 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Agent!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
AVG MalSign.Generic.4B1
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Agent.ARhW
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 AdWare.Agent.ahbx (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 17993 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.17
ESET-NOD32 9596 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/Agent
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11566 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.176.11566 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.ahbx
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Agent.ah.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.WebSparkle.A
McAfee Artemis!50A1C92CE39B
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!50A1C92CE39B
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.cqycvd
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA GG
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0228
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 27750 Adware.Agent
       View all 25 all detections
WebSparkle 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: WebSparkle
URL: websparkle.biz/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WebSparkle
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WebSparkle\WebSparkleuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 733.78 KB

Program filesFiles installed by WebSparkle 1.0.0

Program executable:updateWebSparkle.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\WebSparkle\updateWebSparkle.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) WebSparkleBHO.dll - WebSparkle
  • (Malware detected) updateWebSparkle.exe
  • WebSparkle.Common.dll - WebSparkle Common

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • WebSparkleBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WebSparkle' with the class of {9f56bab3-2739-40ed-a8d0-1451657a9742}.
  • updateWebSparkle.exe runs as a service named 'Update WebSparkle' (Update WebSparkle).

How do I remove WebSparkle?

You can uninstall WebSparkle 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 WebSparkle 1.0.0, 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 WebSparkle.
  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 WebSparkle 1.0.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Vista 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.17%
Windows 10 19.13%
Windows XP 5.22%
Windows Vista 3.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.70%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.00%
Windows 7 Professional 14.78%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.22%
Windows 8 3.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.09%
  MA 8.55%
  DZ 7.69%
  Egypt 5.98%
  Saudi Arabia 5.98%
  Israel 5.13%
  TN 3.42%
  Taiwan 3.42%
  Norway 2.56%
  Finland 2.56%
  Indonesia 2.56%
  Germany 2.56%
  Italy 2.56%
  Chile 1.71%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.46%
Acer 21.35%
Dell 13.48%
Samsung 13.48%
Toshiba 4.49%
ASUS 3.37%
Lenovo 3.37%
MSI 2.25%
Sahara 2.25%
Gateway 1.12%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.94%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.96%
Dell Inspiron N5010 1.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.96%
Samsung RV410/RV510/S3510... 1.96%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 1.96%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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