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#1 craig.davis

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:28 AM

I am wondering if someone might be able to help me better understand the mywebsearch toolbar. I see it is labeled as adware by many security vendors however I don't see any adware in the toolbar. Is this toolbar doing anything behind the scenes or is this just because they are a advertising company? I am also wondering how is this different than say the yahoo toolbar or googles toolbar besides the obvious.

If there is already a discussion or something i should read please point me in the direction. I did a search on google and bleeping and didn't find anything.

thank you for your help.

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:30 AM

Well how did you get My Websearch Bar?

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:22 AM

I installed it while looking at different tool bars then ran a scan and saw it was considered adware. I then uploaded to VT and saw many companies detect it but some of the bigger ones don't. Hence I am wondering what it is really doing. I searched the company FAQ but none of them say the toolbar is doing anything wrong just that it is adware.

Edited by craig.davis, 12 July 2011 - 11:24 AM.


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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:29 AM

I would promptly remove it.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

Is it actually doing anything bad or should i remove it because the av vendor calls it adware?

Edited by craig.davis, 12 July 2011 - 01:08 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2011 - 02:01 PM

It can slow down your internet and cause other weird issues. id recommend running your browser as free from toolbars as possible.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 02:31 PM

The mywebsearch Toolbar in and of itself isn't truly harmful. That being said what it does is track your search habits and site visits and reports them to a server without your knowledge. Your privacy is whats at risk.

The toolbar falls into the category of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

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