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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Installs itself without permissions

SparkleBox Toolbar

SparkleBox Toolbar is a browser plugin which belongs to the Conduit software family. It can be installed from its official website sparklebox.co.uk where you can supposedly find various free resources, for instance, teaching material. Some of the icons which can be found on the toolbar itself lead to this website; however, there are other features which will definitely notify you that you have this application on your system. Once it is installed onto your computer, it might change your homepage to search.conduit.com and your default search provider to Trovi search. You should definitely remove SparkleBox Toolbar from your system if you want to keep your own homepage address and your search provider.

Even though SparkleBox Toolbar offers functions that might seem rather useful, for example, search the web easily and get the notifications of the latest resources, you should not trust it because it might show you a variety of advertisements, which is why we recommend that you erase it. You might have probably noticed that SparkleBox Toolbar is closely related to Value Apps, which include such applications as PriceGong and CouponBuddy. They might display you ads which will bother you every time you search the web. In addition, you will find different advertisements on the start window of your browser as search.conduit.com is inseparable from them. We do not recommend clicking on any of the advertisements because you will never suspect where you might be redirected. As SparkleBox Toolbar is not responsible for the content of third parties, there is a possibility that you will confront with various unwanted application or even malicious software.

There is another reason why SparkleBox Toolbar looks rather suspicious. The specialists of pcthreat.com have revealed that this program might be responsible for the collection of several types of information. First of all, it gathers such data as your search activities which you perform using their search services, the web pages that you have visited, and the content that you have accessed. Such specific information as your IP address, your internet service provider, and the approximate location of your device are of the main interest as well. If you want to stop this information gathering, you should delete SparkleBox Toolbar without further considerations, especially when it is clear that it does not even collect such data, but also shares it with third parties.

If you are not satisfied with the services that are provided by SparkleBox Toolbar, you can always remove it entirely from your system. There are two possible ways to get rid of it: first, you can remove it manually and then just scan your computer with a free antimalware tool to find out if there are no other threats; second, you can acquire a full version of a reliable antimalware tool, like SpyHunter, which will take care of SparkleBox Toolbar itself.

Remove SparkleBox Toolbar

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser and then select Alt+T.
  2. Go to Manage Add-ons.
  3. Select Toolbars and Extensions from the menu on the left.
  4. Click on the unwanted extension and click the Disable button.
  5. Select Search Providers from the same menu and select a new search provider, then click Set as Default.
  6. Click on the engine related to SparkleBox Toolbar and click the Remove button.
  7. Press Alt+T again and then move to Internet Options.
  8. Set a new homepage address and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and then press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Select Extensions from the menu on the left.
  3. Click on the SparkleBox Toolbar and then click the Remove button.
  4. Go to the start page of your browser and click on the icon of the search provider at the upper-right part of the window.
  5. Select a new search engine from the drop-down menu and then click on the icon again.
  6. Go to Manage Search Engines…
  7. Select the engine that you want to remove and select Remove, then click OK.
  8. Press Alt+T again and select Options.
  9. Type in your homepage URL and click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and press Alt+F.
  2. Move to Tools and then select Extensions.
  3. Select Extensions under the heading Chrome and click on the unwanted extension.
  4. Select the recycle bin button and then click Remove when the dialog box appears.
  5. Select Settings from the same menu.
  6. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages in the section On startup.
  7. Select Set pages and type in a homepage address or select from the existing ones.
  8. In the section Search, click on the Manage search engines… button.
  9. Select a new search provider and click Make a default.
  10. Click on the search provider associated with SparkleBox Toolbar and click X.
  11. Click Done button to close the window.
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How to manually remove SparkleBox Toolbar

Files associated with SparkleBox Toolbar infection:

tb_SparkleBox.exe

SparkleBox Toolbar processes to kill:

tb_SparkleBox.exe
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