BeFrugal Toolbar

BeFrugal Toolbar Description

The BeFrugal Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program and adware that provides optional coupon accessibility benefits related to using the BeFrugal company's cash back program. Unlike many other adware toolbars, the BeFrugal Toolbar is affiliated with a legitimate service (albeit one with a slightly rocky history with respect to its user relations) and doesn't display many of the expected negative traits of a PUP. However, it should be emphasized that what benefits the BeFrugal Toolbar provides are entirely optional, and many PC users may wish to uninstall the BeFrugal Toolbar after discovering that the BeFrugal Toolbar doesn't help their e-shopping activities as much as they'd hoped. The use of anti-malware tools, while not mandatory, can provide added insurance that all of BeFrugal Toolbar's components are completely removed for a fully optimized Web-browsing experience.

The 'Other' Costs of Saving on Costs with Online Frugality

The BeFrugal Toolbar usually shouldn't be installed without your permission – although, of course, Trojan downloaders can install whatever they please, there have been some very rare cases of BeFrugal Toolbar components being installed by unrelated PC threats. Unlike many other adware toolbars that are installed through bundles that try to hide them, the BeFrugal Toolbar is marketed as a product unto itself, as part of the BeFrugal website's overall cash back shopping program.

The BeFrugal Toolbar's associated site has been in operation for an expressive amount of time, and in the course of that time malware experts haven't seen any hard evidence of BeFrugal conducting any scams, including phishing or distributing threats. At the worst, they note that BeFrugal lacks the reliable history of more prominent cash back sites than itself, and that the BeFrugal Toolbar may not always track your purchases or reward cash with optimal accuracy. These warnings aside, there's little to fear from BeFrugal's services.

Although the BeFrugal Toolbar is significantly less disreputable than many other kinds of adware, the BeFrugal Toolbar does display advertisements in your browser (all targeted, of course, towards shopping purchases that would count for the BeFrugal program). Additionally, since the BeFrugal Toolbar is compatible with several browsers, some PC users may become confused about the proper way to uninstall the BeFrugal Toolbar and remove all browser changes caused by the BeFrugal Toolbar. Other than these minor issues, you also may want to look into removing the BeFrugal Toolbar if your browser shows substantial performance issues after you've used this toolbar.

Tightening the Belt on What's Installed on Your Browser

In normal cases, a BeFrugal Toolbar shouldn't be installed unless you put the BeFrugal Toolbar there yourself. However, if a BeFrugal Toolbar has been installed without your permission, it may be a symptom of actual threats such as Trojan downloaders. Deleting these PC threats almost necessitates the use of anti-malware products, particularly when the assistance of a PC security expert isn't available. SpywareRemove.com malware experts particularly warn that these Trojans usually will not show any files, memory processes, shortcuts or installed programs as a telltale that they're attacking your computer.

In happier examples than that, when you've installed the BeFrugal Toolbar deliberately, you usually should be able to remove the BeFrugal Toolbar just as easily, although anti-malware products still may be required to finish a complete deletion of all of the BeFrugal Toolbar's browser changes. Unlike with most forms of adware, malware experts are confident in labeling the BeFrugal Toolbar a PUP that isn't remotely unsafe. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the financial transaction reliability of the company behind the BeFrugal Toolbar, whose record on honoring transactions is regrettably spotty.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:



%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\BeFrugal.com\Toolbar\BFHP.exe File name: BFHP.exe
Size: 181.65 KB (181656 bytes)
MD5: fe40a0762027f7ffed5affa06410623b
Detection count: 89
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\BeFrugal.com\Toolbar\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 14, 2014
%PROGRAMFILES%BeFrugal.com-Install.exe File name: BeFrugal.com-Install.exe
Size: 2.12 MB (2126984 bytes)
MD5: 10ed7ce030f9c12c660485b5206b586c
Detection count: 85
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 26, 2016
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BeFrugalcom AddOn\BeFrugalcom AddOn.exe File name: BeFrugalcom AddOn.exe
Size: 496.12 KB (496128 bytes)
MD5: 5e9521331f5ae83a91d6fc2803d8e3b8
Detection count: 75
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BeFrugalcom AddOn\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 26, 2016
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BeFrugal.com\Toolbar\unins000.exe File name: unins000.exe
Size: 716.85 KB (716858 bytes)
MD5: 833018e4a3cb0b8a01de5456dc4cefd7
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BeFrugal.com\Toolbar\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 26, 2016

More files

Registry Modifications


The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\BeFrugal%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\BeFrugal%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\BeFrugal.com%COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BeFrugal.com%LOCALAPPDATA%\Programs\BeFrugal.com%PROGRAMFILES%\Common Files\BeFrugal.com%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Common Files\BeFrugal.com%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Programs\BeFrugal.comHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}BeFrugal.com Toolbar_is1{6ADB86DC-7727-492F-865E-A7CAFFABAC72}_is1{9CC676BB-4D00-4E54-9C8E-DE54A1710A80}_is1Regexp file mask%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\BeFrugal.com Toolbar%WINDIR%\Tasks\BeFrugal.com Toolbar.jobRegistry keySoftware\BeFrugalSOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\befrgl.EXESoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\befrugal.comSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\www.befrugal.comSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\BeFrugal.com ToolbarSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{2335A057-CBA6-40F6-A712-C6A7C98F7813}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BeFrugalSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{2335A057-CBA6-40F6-A712-C6A7C98F7813}SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\BeFrugal.com ServiceSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\BeFrugal.com ServiceSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\BeFrugal.com ServiceCLSID{2335A057-CBA6-40F6-A712-C6A7C98F7813}{2A05A54D-0614-4EA3-B955-8814E45DCD83}{4ABB59EB-8AF9-4590-8F40-3FDD1083C9FA}{5BA2C4EE-42EF-4E2D-88BE-7271AE4E35B7}{6E673599-659A-439E-837D-A0931AFA3A7F}{81DBD99D-8D37-439A-A705-6A6504261E26}{83571411-ED91-467A-A172-CEC63A645ED4}{84654D5D-611C-41C9-BBA1-BEB77502F633}{9250F6C1-0B7F-4D0A-A55A-44876D353DCF}{93AB986F-51E4-4188-8CE2-B6E03E004943}{AB50591C-2474-4890-9D06-518D415ADA7C}{B2793774-A9B9-43FB-94F8-EC94BF3E6BC2}{EF6A3723-635E-4905-A0F8-5FAC26932330}{F8534A9F-4F29-4FDC-9CD9-023ACF0EF9B9}
Posted: October 4, 2013
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs 228,580

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