KeyBar Toolbar

Posted: June 11, 2013

KeyBar Toolbar Description

Marketing material for the KeyBar Toolbar proclaims the KeyBar Toolbar to be a search engine assistant, a good source for weather updates, a Web radio utility and quite a few other things – all of which cheerfully skip past the fact that the KeyBar Toolbar takes over your browser's settings to promote sites of its own choice. These understated negative qualities are regrettably common for Conduit Ltd-created toolbars like KeyBar Toolbar, and malware researchers rate the KeyBar Toolbar as a Potentially Unwanted Program that usually should be deleted as a common-sense defense against Web browser problems. With Conduit toolbars having a very long history of trying to prevent their own deletion, you usually will need some form of anti-malware software to be certain of deleting a KeyBar Toolbar permanently and wholly.

KeyBar Toolbar: Striking All the Wrong Notes Once You Install It

The KeyBar Toolbar's marketing efforts, rather than focusing on a specialized set of features, appear to market the KeyBar Toolbar as a one-size-fits-all plugin that can make your Web-browsing life a bit more convenient than usual in all possible respects. While seemingly developed by the 'Key Bar' company, the KeyBar Toolbar actually has been tied to Conduit Ltd, a company with many repeated instances of designing undesired and sometimes-malicious browser plugins. The less dangerous of these, such as KeyBar Toolbar, usually are classified by malware analysts as Potentially Unwanted Programs or PUPs. Alternately, they also may be considered browser hijackers (for taking over control of your browser) or, in some cases, adware (for promoting other sites and advertisements).

The main attributes of concern in KeyBar Toolbars lie in their ability to hijack your homepage and set it to another website, redirect your browser's searches and monitor your basic online actions via cookies. These traits are common to most Conduit-based PUPs regardless of their 'official' features. A list of related browser add-ons malware experts are familiar with from KeyBar Toolbar's family include:

Barring the KeyBar Toolbar from Entry into Your Browser

KeyBar Toolbar often is distributed through unauthorized install packages for reputable programs, such as unofficial Skype installers. Care over which websites you trust for downloads usually will help you to avoid both KeyBar Toolbar and other Conduit-derived PC threats. Since the KeyBar Toolbar often tries to avoid being deleted and does not always have any obvious software to uninstall, you can use anti-malware products for the most convenient and assured way of removing a KeyBar Toolbar infection.

KeyBar Toolbar does reduce your own ability to control your browser and, as a consequence, is a minor threat to your PC's security. If you need to interact with a site promoted by KeyBar Toolbar, malware researchers recommend all due caution – since KeyBar Toolbar and Conduit Ltd have long since proven they have little if any regard for the satisfaction or safety of their user base.

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