ConnectSo Toolbar

ConnectSo Toolbar Description


The ConnectSo Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program with strong connections to previous PUPs authorized by Conduit LTD, and, like most similar software, is known for delivering website redirects, advertisements and other unwanted functions to your Web browser. Although the new year has brought in a new management company for the ConnectSo Toolbar, malware experts haven’t found any evidence of the ConnectSo Toolbar changing its ‘features’ in any meaningful way. Deleting the ConnectSo Toolbar with an appropriate PC security program continues to be the recommended way of dealing with the ConnectSo Toolbar, as with any Conduit (or ex-Conduit) product.

The Toolbar that’s Connecting You to Software You Don’t Need


2014 has resulted in a restructuring of the Conduit LTD company, but not much of one; in practical terms, the consequences of their reorganization appears to be that they’ve passed off many of their products to a shell company, ClientConnect. This second company doesn’t appear to have changed any of the ConnectSo Toolbar’s major functions, which, supposedly, offer helpful benefits like desktop notifications. However, the ConnectSo Toolbar actually is interested in using your Web browser for generating profits without giving you any legitimate features of note.

The ConnectSo Toolbar’s main functions are gathering information about your browser, including the sites you visit and any search queries you might make.
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This reconnaissance doesn’t include legally-protected information, such as passwords. However, the ConnectSo Toolbar does have the potential to harm your Web browser’s performance, and, above all else, has no benefits for its users.

Malware experts also found that most ConnectSo Toolbar installations may include additional PUPs: Value Apps and Search Protect. The former is an adware product that promotes third party applications automatically. Meanwhile, Search Protect is a browser hijacker that takes control of your browser’s homepage and search settings. Neither provides any advantages for their use, any more than the ConnectSo Toolbar.

Disconnecting All of Your Browsers from a ConnectSo Toolbar


Although one might reasonably expect the ConnectSo Toolbar to be an add-on that specializes in particular browsers, the ConnectSo Toolbar, actually, installs separate components for most browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox and the ever-popular Internet Explorer. This inconvenience, combined with the ConnectSo Toolbar’s predilection for being installed with other unwanted add-ons, may make its removal more difficult than it needs to be. In these circumstances, automated system-scanning features from reliable security programs usually are the easiest ways of removing a ConnectSo Toolbar and all other browser extensions with poor reputations.

The ConnectSo Toolbar may, like most Conduit-related products, be downloaded from a central website. However, malware researchers have reasons to suspect that the ConnectSo Toolbar is also being distributed by other methods, such as being bundled with the installers of other applications. Most strong anti-malware products should be able to detect installers that have been compromised by these bundles, but you also may want to keep a cautious distance from websites that are known for distributing them in the first place.

ConnectSo Toolbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with ConnectSo Toolbar? To safely & quickly detect ConnectSo Toolbar we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %PROGRAMFILES%\ConnectSo 97
    2 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\ConnectSo 100
    3 C:Program Filesconnectsohk64tbConn.dll N/A
    4 C:Program FilesconnectsohktbConn.dll N/A
    5 C:Program FilesconnectsoprxtbConn.dll N/A
    6 C:Program Filesconnectsouninstall.exe N/A

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\AppDataLow\Toolbar\RegisteredSources, value: CT3303930SOFTWARE\ConnectSoSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: {cc1bef2d-0428-46d8-b1f4-492e1b206099}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{4E1FE4B7-B34C-4EFE-9A64-6F5F0646631E}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{7690059C-FF00-42FF-8937-B15BA8AE955F}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes, value: {E08B4924-FEBB-4AA1-A63B-D373BFC6461F}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{cc1bef2d-0428-46d8-b1f4-492e1b206099}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{CC1BEF2D-0428-46D8-B1F4-492E1B206099}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IECT3303930SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\ConnectSoSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{4E1FE4B7-B34C-4EFE-9A64-6F5F0646631E}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{7690059C-FF00-42FF-8937-B15BA8AE955F}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes, value: {E08B4924-FEBB-4AA1-A63B-D373BFC6461F}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar, value: {cc1bef2d-0428-46d8-b1f4-492e1b206099}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks, value: {cc1bef2d-0428-46d8-b1f4-492e1b206099}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{cc1bef2d-0428-46d8-b1f4-492e1b206099}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IECT3303930
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {CC1BEF2D-0428-46D8-B1F4-492E1B206099}{FDF610C9-93A4-4422-992B-E06B6DE6DD9F}
Posted: January 28, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 5/10
Detection Count: 2,190

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