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Should I remove albrechto?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
78% remove it22% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,258
United States Rank #12,547
Reach 0.0181%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.35 days
246.43 days >
Average installed length: 129.48 days


2015.04.23.235110 0.28%
2014.01.28.010740 0.84%
2014.01.25.024532 3.65%
2014.01.16.002256 12.64%
2014.01.10.194843 9.27%
2013.12.07.011955 55.06%
2013.11.13.200855 18.26%


What is albrechto?

This is an unwanted web browser extension that delivers search hijacking as well as contextual advertising within a user's web browser. The program does this by modifying the user's home and search pages in order to monetize search activities. By installing a Browser Helper Object (BHO) in Internet Explorer, the extension has the ability to monitor and track a user web browsing activities and display various banner and link-context ads in addition to its search redirection.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

The Software is free to use and supported by various types of advertising, including but not limited to search, banner, inline text and transitional ads. Ads and features that appear on websites by using the Software are not associated with or endorsed by underlying websites. Some features and ad placements contain lin...  Read more


The most used version is 2013.12.07.011955, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is albrechtoBHO.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 1007.83 KB (1,032,018 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in albrechto.
albrechtoBHO.dll (217df9e0667d939a81a97113465aa7fd) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17566 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8.9257 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 1/11/2014 Adware/Agent
K7GW 13.175.10750 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.crkvek
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1127
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
updatealbrechto.exe (92a81e388146d7eef6290c4388d834c3) has been flagged by the following 31 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Agent.OET
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Kranet!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
AVG Alchechto
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen7
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.BH
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Agent.OET
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.MSIL.r3 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 19955 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.207
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.OET (B)
ESET-NOD32 10652 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/Kranet
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Agent.OET
G Data 24 Adware.Agent.OET
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.13866 Trojan ( 0049f7ad1 )
K7GW 9.185.13866 Trojan ( 0049f7ad1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.Kranet.heur
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Albrechto.A
McAfee BrowseFox.c
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BrowseFox.c
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.OET
nProtect 2014-10-31.01 Adware.Agent.OET
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.e4c
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA JN
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 PUA.Gen.2
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EJK14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EJK14
VIPRE Antivirus 34404 Yontoo (fs)
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Bundled relationships
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: albrechto
URL: albrechto.co/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\albrechto
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\albrechto\albrechtouninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1007.83 KB

Program filesFiles installed by albrechto

Program module:albrechtoBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\albrechto\albrechtoBHO.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) albrechtoBHO.dll - albrechto
  • (Malware detected) updatealbrechto.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • albrechtoBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'albrechto' with the class of {1881a451-f7fb-44bc-85b2-fcea4b1403e3}.
  • updatealbrechto.exe runs as a service named 'Update albrechto' (Update albrechto).

How do I remove albrechto?

You can uninstall albrechto 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 albrechto, 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 albrechto.
  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 albrechto you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 78%
Keep it 22%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.09%
Windows 10 35.39%
Windows Vista 5.90%
Windows XP 5.62%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.24%
Windows 8.1 15.21%
Windows 8 11.83%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.58%
Windows 7 Professional 8.17%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.45% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.45%
  United Kingdom 8.71%
  Canada 4.23%
  Australia 2.49%
  Israel 1.99%
  Italy 1.49%
  Iran 1.24%
  Ireland 1.24%
  Brazil 1.00%
  France 1.00%
  Belgium 0.75%
  NG 0.75%
  India 0.75%
  Sweden 0.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.05%
Dell 18.33%
Acer 16.33%
Toshiba 10.36%
ASUS 8.76%
Samsung 2.79%
Lenovo 2.39%
Intel 1.20%
Sony 0.80%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 8.92%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.37%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.82%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.18%
Acer Aspire E1-571 2.55%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.91%

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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