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Danger level 4
Type: Browser Plugins

Smiley Bar for Facebook

Smiley Bar for Facebook is a browser extension which is available from statuswinks.com and which you can apply on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. The application is meant to produce alternative smileys for your Facebook chat; however, there are certain features which determine that you should not use this service. Have you not downloaded the program yourself? If you are sure that no one else could have accessed your PC, it is possible that the add-on was installed alongside freeware as a bundled download. Even though this is not illegal, it certainly raises suspicion. Overall, we recommend having Smiley Bar for Facebook deleted from your Windows system.

It has been discovered that the add-on runs on ScriptHost.dll which is found under %PROGRAMFILES%. The file acts as a browser helper object, or simply BHO, and it can be employed to track your personal virtual activity. Alongside cookies, a BHO could help the developers of the add-on to learn your browsing habits, your preferences and search history. All of this could be used to display online advertisement coinciding your recent web searches and preferences. Unfortunately, the Privacy Policy of the program discloses that collected data could be leaked to third party members:

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site and software. […] These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.

Do you know who could stand behind the name of ‘third-parties’? Unfortunately, it is quite possible for cyber crooks to get involved. Even though StatusWinks is not affiliated to schemers, they could use deception to trick the developers of Smiley Bar for Facebook to share information about you. This is the main reason why you may want to delete the browser extension.

Have you noticed any suspicious browser or computer dysfunctions after you have installed the add-on? Then we recommend installing a reputable spyware scanner to check the system for malware. If any malicious files are detected – remove them as soon as possible. If your PC is clean – perform the manual removal steps presented below to delete Smiley Bar for Facebook.

Delete from the computer

Remove from Windows 8:

  1. Tap the Windows key to open the Metro UI start screen and right-click.
  2. Select All apps, got o Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the unwanted application and select Uninstall to remove it.

Remove from Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the unwanted application and select Uninstall to delete it.

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the unwanted program and click Remove.

Delete from the browsers

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and click Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Click the unwanted add-on and select Disable.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager click Extensions.
  3. Find the extension you want to delete and click the Remove button.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Go to Tools and click Extensions.
  3. Find Smiley Bar for Facebook, click the recycle bin and select Remove.
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How to manually remove Smiley Bar for Facebook

Files associated with Smiley Bar for Facebook infection:

BackgroundHost.exe
ScriptHost64.dll
PropertySync.exe
BackgroundHost64.exe
ScriptHost.dll

Smiley Bar for Facebook DLL's to remove:

ScriptHost.dll
ScriptHost64.dll

Smiley Bar for Facebook processes to kill:

BackgroundHost64.exe
PropertySync.exe
BackgroundHost.exe
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