Swagbucks Toolbar

Swagbucks Toolbar Description


Swagbucks Toolbar is a potentially unwanted toolbar that once installed on the vulnerable computer changes the default home page, default search engine and new tab page to Search.swagbucks.com. Swagbucks Toolbart might also be called the SBTV Toolbar or Swag Code Toolbar. Swagbucks.com enables Internet users to earn virtual currency by searching the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, engaging in other activities such as submitting polls, phone recycling, and completing special offers. Swagbucks Toolbar is owed by Prodege LLC. While the Swagbucks Toolbar itself as well as the website Search.swagbucks.com are not malicious and do not make any direct damage to the computer system, having these might be very annoying to the PC user.
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Whenever the web user performs any online search, he/she will get diverted to the search page of Swagbucks or any other website that is pushed by the Swagbucks Toolbar. Although the computer user might not see big differences from, for example, Google or Yahoo!, Search.swagbucks.com gives relevant search results mixed with advertised links. The two types of the links are not marked differently; therefore, the PC user might easily click on the advertised link instead of a relevant one. Prodege LLC does not take any responsibility for the content it shows, which means the computer user might click on a link that is malicious or take to a hijacked website that is designed to affect the computer with malware.

Swagbucks Toolbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Swagbucks Toolbar? To safely & quickly detect Swagbucks 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 SwagBucks.exe 300
    2 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Swag_Bucks 144
    3 %PROGRAMFILES%\Swag_Bucks 141
    4 %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\apjkpjchfbckhjhokinlgdbmibpbbjak 137
    5 %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\apjkpjchfbckhjhokinlgdbmibpbbjak 134

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_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Swag Bucks ToolbarSwag_Bucks ToolbarHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\AppDataLow\Software\Swag_BucksSoftware\AppDataLow\Toolbar\RegisteredSources, value: CT2260173SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar.CT2260173Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: {8bdea9d6-6f62-45eb-8ee9-8a81af0d2f94}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{6F0A7108-EDBC-45D1-B8B8-9B94B37E8FAA}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks, value: {8bdea9d6-6f62-45eb-8ee9-8a81af0d2f94}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\Extensions\apjkpjchfbckhjhokinlgdbmibpbbjakSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{8bdea9d6-6f62-45eb-8ee9-8a81af0d2f94}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{85675e8e-5807-456e-8005-29ecdfb5aa98}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Swag_BucksToolbar.CT2260173
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {8BDEA9D6-6F62-45EB-8EE9-8A81AF0D2F94}{85675E8E-5807-456E-8005-29ECDFB5AA98}
Posted: May 21, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 5/10
Detection Count: 3,750

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