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BrowserPlus2 Toolbar

Posted: October 28, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 14,755
Threat Level: 5/10
Infected PCs: 410
First Seen: October 28, 2013
Last Seen: September 10, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

BrowserPlus2 Toolbar Screenshot 1The BrowserPlus2 Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program and browser hijacker from the Conduit family. Although the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar sports a new brand name, its major functions are all the same as those for previous members of the Conduit toolbar family, including browser hijacks that redirect you to unwanted sites and unnecessary restrictions to your ability to uninstall it (or, for that matter, any other browser add-ons). Even though the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar doesn't redirect your browser to extremely compromised sites and isn't a high-level PC threat, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers can't recommend any reaction to the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar other than using a good anti-malware product to delete the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar as soon as you have the time for it.

When Adding a Toolbar to Your Browser is an Overall Negative

As a Conduit toolbar, the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar may market itself as a helpful add-on but, in terms of its fundamental features, is no different from any other browser hijacker that tries to control your browser without your permission. Besides resetting your default search engine to Conduit.com or another website (the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar also has been observed promoting Bing, for example), the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar causes a variety of minor browser functionality issues. Malware experts have determined the most risky of these to be the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar's restrictions on your ability to manage Internet Explorer's add-ons, which prevents you from deactivating unwanted or even unsafe browser-based software.

While the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar may redirect you to arbitrary search sites against your will, the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar isn't meant to expose you to hazardous content intentionally. In the worst case scenario, a BrowserPlus2 Toolbar's hijacks may result in your accidental exposure to PC threats through Conduit.com and other sites that take insufficient care for their users' safety. For these reasons and the aforementioned security issue, malware researchers always recommend deleting a BrowserPlus2 Toolbar.

The Simple Equation that Equals a Deleted BrowserPlus2 Toolbar

Like many other Conduit toolbars, the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar takes active measures to block you from removing the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar from your browser. To be certain of deleting a BrowserPlus2 Toolbar as completely as possible, using anti-malware products to scan and disinfect your computer always is advisable. Currently, the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar only has been confirmed to be compatible with Internet Explorer, but the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar always should be removed regardless of whether or not you prefer IE over other brands of Web browsers.

Malware experts also are familiar with many other members of the Conduit toolbar family that show symptoms unhappily reminiscent of the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar's own attacks. Other PUPs from this family, such as the Energy Community Toolbar, the MySavings Toolbar, the Sweet Tunes Toolbar, the Mini001 Toolbar, the Top 10 Toolbar, the MakeMeBabies Toolbar, the iPumper Toolbar and the Trustworthy Toolbar also should be avoided whenever possible.

Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UrlSearchHooks\{78fad561-2f55-4bcd-b896-786662704334}Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UrlSearchHooks\{78fad561-2f55-4bcd-b896-786662704334}Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{78fad561-2f55-4bcd-b896-786662704334}

Additional Information

The following directories were created: