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Should I remove WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #47,879
Reach 0.0016%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.18 days
860.96 days >
Average installed length: 452.37 days


VersionDistribution 6.25% 3.13% 46.88% 15.63% 3.13% 3.13% 6.25% 3.13% 6.25% 6.25%

WhiteSmoke Smartbar

What is WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

SmartBar from WhiteSmoke is a web browser extension (Chrome), add-in and BHO for Internet Explorer that will hijack the user's web browser search provider and pages. It will redirect standard searches to its affiliate partners including Linkury.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named smartbarversionshelper.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 136 files and is usually about 8.2 MB (8,601,600 bytes). The installed file smartbar.resources.automaticupdates.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WhiteSmoke Smartbar.
whitesmoke.exe (433584cd8c6cc47dc7bdad4daaa99109) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 536 Adware.Linkury.B
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.Linkury
ALYac Adware.Linkury.B
avast! 2014.9-150817 Win32:SmartBar-A [PUP]
Avira PUA/Linkury.Gen2
AVware Adware.Linkury (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Linkury.Ins
Bitdefender Adware.Linkury.B
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
Comodo Security 21595 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web Adware.Linkury.24
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Linkury
ESET-NOD32 9.11401 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Linkury.A potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/17/2015 Riskware/Toolbar_Linkury
G Data 15.8.25 Adware.Linkury
McAfee 5600.6670 Artemis!433584CD8C6C
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Linkury.B
nProtect Adware.Linkury.B
Panda Antivirus PUP/LinkUry
SUPERAntiSpyware 9686 Adware.Linkury/Variant
Symantec 8/17/2015 rev. 2 Adware.Maltrec.TS!g23
VIPRE Antivirus 38918 Adware.Linkury (fs)
       View all 22 all detections
WhiteSmoke Smartbar 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

URL: www.WhiteSmoke.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\smartbar\common\iconswide
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B017AEAA-2ACC-4D4A-9B45-AE913C6C6CE9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.2 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WhiteSmoke Smartbar

Program executable:smartbarversionshelper.exe
Additional files:
  • microsoft.mshtml.dll - Assembly imported from type library MSHTML
  • interop.shdocvw.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SHDocVw'.
  • mactrackbarlib.dll
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.dll (by Microsoft) - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.exceptionhandling.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Exception Handling Logging Provider
  • microsoft.practices.enterpriselibrary.logging.dll - Enterprise Library Logging Application Block
  • microsoft.practices.objectbuilder.dll - Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder
  • ndde.dll (by Brian Gideon) - NDde
  • regasm.exe - Microsoft® .NET Framework (Microsoft .NET Assembly Registration Utility)
  • smartbar.gui.controls.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Controls
  • smartbar.gui.docking.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Docking
  • smartbar.infrastructure.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Infrastructure.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.infrastructure.core.dll - SmartbarProxy
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.chromelocalplugin.dll - ChromeRemotePlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.firefoxlocalplugin.dll - FireFoxRemotePlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.internetexplorerlocalplugin.dll - InternetExplorerLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.infrastructure.utilities.dll - SmartbarGUI
  • smartbar.personalization.common.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Common
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.dmp.dll - DefaultMailProvider
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.messengerplugin.dll - MessengerPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.notepadplugin.dll - NotepadPlugin
  • smartbar.resources.historyandstatswrapper.dll - Smartbar.Resources.HistoryAndStatsWrapper
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SocialNetsSharer
  • smartbar.resources.socialnetssharer.xmlserializers.dll
  • smartbarinternetexplorerbho.dll - WhiteSmoke Smartbar
  • smartbarinternetexplorerextension.dll
  • browserhelper.exe - BrowserHelper
  • productsremovaltool.exe - Smartbar.Resources.ProductsRemovalTool
  • smartbar.gui.mainclient.dll - Smartbar
  • smartbar.gui.multimedia.loader.dll - Smartbar.GUI.Multimedia.Loader
  • smartbar.infrastructure.eventmanager.dll
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.base.dll - Client (Plugins)
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.defaultbrowser.dll - DefaultBrowser
  • smartbar.infrastructure.plugins.sharemanagerlocalplugin.dll - SearchResultsLocalPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.businessentities.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.BusinessEntities
  • smartbar.personalization.businesslogic.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.BusinessLogic
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.screencaptureplugin.dll - ScreenCapturePlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.wordplugin.dll (by xxx) - WordPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.servicesplugins.youtubedownloadplugin.dll - YoutubeDownloadPlugin
  • smartbar.personalization.settings.personalizationsettingsmanager.dll - Smartbar.Personalization.Settings.PersonalizationSettingsManager
  • smartbar.personalization.settings.usersettingsmanager.dll - UserSettingsManager
  • smartbar.resources.automaticupdates.dll - Smartbar.Resources.AutomaticUpdates
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.dll - Smartbar.Resources.LanguageSettings
  • smartbar.resources.languagesettings.resources.dll
  • smartbar.resources.processdownmonitor.dll - Smartbar.Resources.ProcessDownMonitor
  • smartbar.resources.setbrowserssettings.dll - SetBrowsersDefinitions
  • smartbar.resources.setbrowserssettingsautoupdater.dll (by Smartbar) - Smartbar.Resources.SetBrowsersSettingsAutoUpdater
  • smartbar.resources.sidebyside.dll - Smartbar.Resources.SideBySide
  • smartbar.resources.translations.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Translations
  • smartbar.resources.urlhistorysupplier.dll - Smartbar.Resources.UrlHistorySupplier
  • smartbar.resources.utilities.dll - Smartbar.Resources.Utilities
  • system.data.sqlite.dll - System.Data.SQLite (System.Data.SQLite Interop Library)
  • (Malware detected) whitesmoke.exe (by Smartbar)
  • externaljs.js
  • fbimagepreview.js
  • firefoxextensionmain.js
  • install.rdf
  • internaljs.js
  • jquery-1.5.1.min.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • whitesmoke.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\WhiteSmoke.exe startup.

How do I remove WhiteSmoke Smartbar?

You can uninstall WhiteSmoke 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 WhiteSmoke 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 WhiteSmoke 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) 69%
Win XP 3%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.88%
Windows 10 21.88%
Windows Vista 3.13%
Windows XP 3.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.13%
Windows 7 Professional 15.63%
Windows 8 12.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 12.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate N 3.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.68% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 23.68%
  Germany 18.42%
  Brazil 15.79%
  United Kingdom 10.53%
  Turkey 7.89%
  India 5.26%
  Canada 5.26%
  Kazakstan 2.63%
  Netherlands 2.63%
  Italy 2.63%
  Spain 2.63%
  Malaysia 2.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 20.00%
Hewlett-Packard 16.67%
Medion 13.33%
ASUS 10.00%
Dell 10.00%
Samsung 6.67%
Toshiba 6.67%
Lenovo 6.67%
Intel 3.33%
Common models
MEDION H61H2-LM3 12.50%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.13%
ECS G41T-R3 3.13%
Dell Inspiron 5420 3.13%
ASUSTeK K84C 3.13%
Acer Aspire E1-570G 3.13%

About (from WhiteSmoke)

WhiteSmoke is a world-leading company in the field of English writing technologies, with a focus on products that enhance and correct grammar, spelling, and writing style.
Publisher URL: www.whitesmoke.com


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