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What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,591
United States Rank #24,962
Reach 0.0038%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 37.57 days
1108.29 days >
Average installed length: 582.32 days


1.00.6033 10.96%
1.00.6032 5.48%
1.00.6029 23.29%
1.00.6028.30 1.37%
1.00.6028.27 2.74%
1.00.6028.24 5.48%
1.00.6028.22 2.74%
1.00.6028.19 2.74%
1.00.6023 12.33%
1.00.6022 1.37%
1.00.6021 5.48%
1.00.6018 1.37%
1.00.6014 13.70%
1.00.6012 1.37%
1.00.6009 1.37%
1.00.6004 1.37%
1.00.5063 1.37%
1.00.5061 5.48%


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What is WhiteSmoke?

WhiteSmoke is a toolbar for Intenet Explorer and Firefox. The toolbar collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to WhiteSmoke so they can suggest services or provide advertising via the toolbar. The WhiteSmoke Toolbar will attempt to change your home page and search provider if you are not careful during installation and provides a search box and various other generic features in the toolbar.

About  (from the publisher)

WhiteSmoke is the most comprehensive grammar checker in the world today. While it comprises several writing tools, such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and ready-made letter templates, its core feature is its advanced grammar checker. WhiteSmoke provides advanced options that other programs such as Microsoft Word do not...  Read more


The most common release is 1.00.6029, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named whitesmoke-silent.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 62 files and is usually about 4.07 MB (4,267,800 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WhiteSmoke.
whitesmoke-silent.exe (b2c1ecbb4e673505e9248a25dfc286b0) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Clam AntiVirus 0.98/18155 PUA.Win32.Packer.Armadillo-93
Comodo Security 12583 ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.Zango.A
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.73
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Zugo!IK
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:Adware.Zugo
ESET NOD32 7211 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
Norman 10.20130523 W32/WebToolbar.D
Trend Micro 10.465.23 ADW_ZANGO
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.143 ADW_ZANGO
WSRegistration.exe (37a560f3024d6d38ffeadffd42401f82) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Win32.WhiteSmoke.AMN (A)
ESET-NOD32 7845 probably a variant of Win32/WhiteSmoke
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1219
WhiteSmoke has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove WhiteSmoke.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.whitesmoke.com
Help link: www.whitesmoke.com/support.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WhiteSmoke
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{9D89EE43-B471-40EC-9550-6BD77C7BE3F4}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 4.07 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by WhiteSmoke

Program executable:whitesmoke-silent.exe (Malware detected)
Name:WhiteSmoke Silent 3
Path:C:\Program Files\WhiteSmoke\whitesmoke-silent.exe
Additional files:
  • WhiteSmokeRegistration.exe - WhiteSmokeRegistration Application
  • WSDictHookDll.dll - WhiteSmoke Dictionary Hook
  • WSEnrichment.exe - WSEnrichment Application (WSEnrichment MFC Application)
  • WSTray.exe
  • ComVistaElevator.dll - ComVistaElevator Module (WhiteSmoke Vista COM elevator)
  • WSOutlookAddin.dll (by WhiteSmoke inc) - WSOutlookAddin Module
  • (Malware detected) WSRegistration.exe - Registration app (WhiteSmoke Registration App)
  • Director.dll - Director Module
  • WSEngine.dll - WSEngine Module (WhiteSmoke Main COM Engine)
  • WSMouseHook.dll - WSMouseHook dll
  • WSDirector.dll - WSDirector dll
  • HookDllOE.dll - HookDll dll
  • HookDllOE64.dll
  • WSKeyboardHook.dll
  • WSKeyboardHook64.dll
  • osmax.ocx (by Add-in Express) - Security Manager 2007 for Microsoft Outlook ActiveX Component
  • secman.dll (by MAPILab & Add-in Express) - Security Manager Component for Microsoft Outlook (Security Manager Component for Microsoft Outlook allows to turn off and on Outlook Object Model Security Guard)
  • TCCons.dll (by Deskperience) - TCCons Dynamic Link Library
  • WCaptureX.dll (by Deskperience) - WCaptureX
  • WMonitorX.dll - WMonitorX
  • WCustom.dll - TCCustom (TCCustom Dynamic Link Library)
  • WCapture.dll - DTCapt (DTCapt Dynamic Link Library)
  • WHook.dll - WWHook (WHook)
  • WSLogger.exe
  • WSRegisterDlls.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • WSTray.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DD7A82B4-C3CB-4084-A0DB-C0B3964AD911}' (runs on registration).
  • WSRegistration.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C7184C90-BD59-46DF-A4D4-CA30A7D8FDC9}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • WSEnrichment.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WhiteSmoke\WSEnrichment.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:41.04 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0335365923%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01374316%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01979343%
0.015104% average
70 average

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Or, you can uninstall WhiteSmoke 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 WhiteSmoke, 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 WhiteSmoke.
  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.
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Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.51%
Windows Vista 13.51%
Windows XP 13.51%
Windows 10 9.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.85%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.08%
Windows 7 Professional 11.27%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.27%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.86%
Windows 8.1 4.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.37%
  Israel 7.14%
  Iran 5.10%
  Canada 3.06%
  France 2.04%
  United Kingdom 2.04%
  India 2.04%
  Germany 2.04%
  IQ 1.02%
  Malta 1.02%
  RS 1.02%
  Egypt 1.02%
  Finland 1.02%
  Saudi Arabia 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.22%
Dell 20.00%
Hewlett-Packard 17.78%
Toshiba 13.33%
Lenovo 8.89%
ASUS 4.44%
MSI 4.44%
Sony 2.22%
Gateway 2.22%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook ... 3.13%
Dell XPS 8300 3.13%
Acer Aspire 5741G 1.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite P105 1.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 1.56%
Sony VPCF12CFX 1.56%


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