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SuperFast PC

Posted: December 30, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 5/10
Infected PCs: 178
First Seen: December 30, 2013
Last Seen: May 2, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The SuperFast PC Toolbar is one of the ever-numerous members of the Conduit family of browser hijackers, a collection of otherwise inoffensive toolbars that hijack your browser's default search settings. Although the Conduit.com search engine that the SuperFast PC Toolbar promotes hasn't earned the classification of a risky site, malware researchers tend to find few advantages to allowing any Conduit toolbar on your browser. Removing the SuperFast PC Toolbar, whether the SuperFast PC Toolbar was installed on purpose or by mischance, should be considered a part of the maintenance of your Web browser's integrity and is most simply accomplished through the system scans of any appropriate adware or malware removal product.

A SuperFast Detour to a Site You May not Have Heard Of

The Conduit search site is one that doesn't appear to get much traffic through the standard methods in use by reputable sites – at least, that is the only assumption that malware researchers can come to, based on its continued reliance on browser hijacking-toolbars for day-to-day traffic. The SuperFast PC Toolbar is just one more case of these toolbars, along with others also analyzed by malware experts for your safety. Other brands of toolbars with primary functions identical to those of the SuperFast PC Toolbar include the SparkleBox Toolbar, the Freemium 2 Toolbar and Freemium Search, the OMG Music Toolbar, the Nana10 Toolbar, the Softtunes Search and Toolbar, the BrowserPlus2 Toolbar and the Swirlz Toolbar.

Although their names are very different from each other, the SuperFast PC Toolbar and its relatives all are meant to redirect your Web browser to Conduit.com as their central function. You can identify a SuperFast PC Toolbar redirect by its change to your default search engine settings, a change that forces your browser to load Conduit.com whenever you try to perform a Web search. Malware experts still are determining which browsers the SuperFast PC Toolbar installs itself on, but past Conduit toolbars have tended towards compatibility with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and sometimes Opera.

Putting a Stop to Your All-Too-Fast Browser Redirects

Malware researchers haven't categorized the Conduit.com search site promoted by the SuperFast PC Toolbar as a site that could harm your PC intentionally or immediately, but being redirected to an unwanted site still is a potential security and simple ease of use issue for your browser. Browser hijackers never should be treated as merely ignorable inconveniences, even when they come in formats like the SuperFast PC Toolbar that pretend to offer benefits and don't seem to harm your computer. The file-scanning features of most anti-malware products should be sufficient at finding and removing the SuperFast PC Toolbar – since the SuperFast PC Toolbar is based on a widely-identified and very well-known family of Potentially Unwanted Programs.

Conduit toolbars may be distributed through their own websites or through bundles with other applications. Since malware researchers haven't seen anything like the footprints of a traditional website-based marketing campaign from the SuperFast PC Toolbar, it should be assumed that bundles are the most common installation methods until new information is available. Free software sites with reputations rich in distributing PUPs like adware or the SuperFast PC Toolbar should be evaded, of course. However, if that's not practical or possible, anti-malware utilities also should be able to identify installers with the SuperFast PC Toolbar bundled in them.


Program.Unwanted.90 [DrWeb]

Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION\tb_SuperFast_PC_brff.exe