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Deskbar.exe Description and Removal Manual

NameDeskbar.exe
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionDeskbar.exe may display advertised content and collect certain user information.
SymptomsPC slowdowns, background processes
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), or downloaded from third-party sites.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Deskbar.exe

p4_0000Reports have increased regarding an executable file going by the name of DeskBar.exe, developed by Goobzo, categorizing as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Users believe that this particular program is used to create customized toolbars, adding chosen links on them for Windows. In reality, the .exe has been detected by some antivirus programs as an adware application.

How Did I Get Deskbar.exe?

There is the probability that you downloaded this application from its website with the purpose of implementing custom links to your site. Another way it may get into your computer is being bundled with other freeware. Most users often tend to disregard included applications in installers of free software, and the program gets installed along with them eventually.

Deskbar.exe Description

Users report that the program may display advertised content after it’s been used on an individual website. It might take over the ad spaces, replacing them with custom adverts. Also, there is the possibility that this software may collect certain information from the user.

According to VirusTotal, several different antivirus programs recognize this executable file as the following:

  • Adware.Shopper.866
  • Adware/Goobzo
  • Trojan.Win32.Qudamah.Gen.0
  • Suspicious_GEN.F47V0401

More to it, some security experts on security forums have identified that upon installation, the program may have created the following files and registry values and keys in Windows:

→Files:
c:\deskbar8.exe
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\about.html
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\basis.xml
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\deskbar.crc
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\deskbar.dll
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\deskbar.inf
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\icons.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\inst.bat
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mbback.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mbbigopen.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mbclose.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mbfwd.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mblogo.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\mbsep.bmp
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\options.html
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\softomate.gif
<$PROGRAMFILES>\Deskbar\version.txt

→Registry keys and values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DBTB00001 – Registry key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DBTB00001\Deskbar – Registry key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{81AE99B6-6212-4ECC-8A88-D3907D87C014} – Registry key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.DBTB00001 – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.DeskBar – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.deskbarBHO – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.deskbarBHO.1 – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.DeskbarEnabler – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ DBTB00001.DeskbarEnabler.1 – Registry key and values.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A0881AA1-68BE-41AC-9C0D-4C8A69C6C72C} – Registry key.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{E827FFD9-95D1-4B49-BEB3-5D49E688C108} – Registry key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{A4C8F181-6CDB-4DCC-9FC9-BB9933C81E1F} – Registry key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{81AE99B6-6212-4ECC-8A88-D3907D87C014} – Registry key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{A8B28872-3324-4CD2-8AA3-7D555C872D96} – Registry key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks\{A8B28872-3324-4CD2-8AA3-7D555C872D96} – Registry key.

Users have reported these objects that were associated with Deskbar. However, this is no guarantee that they will be carrying the same names on a different machine.

DeskBar.exe Removal Manual

When it comes to such executable files, there are two main methods for their complete removal.

METHOD NUMBER 1 – Downloading anti-malware scanning program.(Easier)

1. Using an alternative browser to download anti-malware tool, because it may disable your browser functions. If you are having problems with Internet Explorer, refer to Mozilla Firefox for downloading antimalware software, for example.

2. Using an USB drive. In case you have another computer, download the antimalware software on that machine. After that use a flash drive to transfer the installer and install it on the infected PC then scan it.

3. Using Safe Mode. In case you have troubles while scanning for malware with the software, restart your computer then as soon as it restarts, start pressing F8 after which choose ‘Safe Mode With Networking’. After the computer boots up in safe mode scan with the antimalware.

If the threat is discovered after a scan, it will automatically be removed along with all associated objects. After this is done, reboot your PC, and you should be okay.

METHOD NUMBER 2 (MANUAL REMOVAL)

In case you want to try to eliminate it manually (the more complicated and time-consuming way), please follow these steps:

Step 1: Task Manager kill of DeskBar.exe.

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc altogether to start Windows Task Manager. After that, click on ‘Processes’ Tab above. If you are running on a Windows 7 PC, click on the button ‘Show Processes From All Users’ below. Then Look for the process DeskBar.exe, mark it with the mouse and press on the down right button of the task manager, called ‘End Task.’ It will ask for your confirmation. Confirm by clicking ‘End Task’ again.

Step 2: After they are ‘dead’, reveal the hidden files from your PC by:

1) Clicking on Start button and then on Control Panel

2) Clicking on Personalization

3) Pressing Windows button + E button together to open Computer Window

4) Clicking on the View Tab

5) Unticking ‘Hidden Items’ tick box to see hidden files

6) Unchecking ‘Hide Protected System Files’ in Folder Options

7) After which clicking on the ‘OK’ button

Step 3: Cleaning Registry Entries:

To delete modified registry settings please:

1)Press Windows button+R to bring up the Run prompt

2)Type in it regedit then click on OK

3)While you are in the Registry Editor, press Ctrl+F to open the search prompt.

4)After that search for the current registry files:

5)Look for DeskBar.exe associated filess.

6)Look for the previously mentioned in this article registry keys and values and directory files and delete them.

Note that those files and registries were all modified, and only some of them could be removed so don`t be scared if you are not able to delete all of them. Also, bear in mind that these files discovered above are from a different user PC so there might be some variables, like Different OS, for example. This means that there may be some other files that you may not know anything about or the files and registry keys and values may be entirely different on your computer. This is why our advice is to follow the first method because of the uniqueness of your situation.

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How to Remove Deskbar.exe from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Deskbar.exe

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Deskbar.exe and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Deskbar.exe on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Deskbar.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Deskbar.exe with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Deskbar.exe from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Deskbar.exe and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Deskbar.exe:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Deskbar.exe. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Deskbar.exe. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Deskbar.exe via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Deskbar.exe. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Deskbar.exe from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Deskbar.exe from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Deskbar.exe from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Deskbar.exe from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Deskbar.exe will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Deskbar.exe from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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