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List of known web browser toolbars?

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June 18, 2014 3:04:00 PM

I am looking for a list of known toolbars that install in a web browser. This is the good and the bad toolbars.The sites I have found claim to have a list of toolbars, but they're out of date that I get a 404.

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June 18, 2014 3:11:17 PM

There are hundreds, potentially thousands. Doubt anyone here will go look them up for you.
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June 18, 2014 3:14:21 PM

USAFRet said:
There are hundreds, potentially thousands. Doubt anyone here will go look them up for you.


I don't expect people to look them up individually. I expected these toolbars to have been kept track of as part of a security audit or something. Like by an anti-virus company. I'm wondering if such a list exists. I'm not expecting it to be absolutely every single one, but most of the popular/infamous ones.
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June 18, 2014 4:01:22 PM

In my opinion, every toolbar is mal-ware. Even the popular ones.

-Wolf sends
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June 18, 2014 4:07:40 PM

Wolfshadw said:
In my opinion, every toolbar is mal-ware. Even the popular ones.

-Wolf sends


^^^ Yup. What benefit do any of them provide?
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June 18, 2014 4:51:59 PM

USAFRet said:
Wolfshadw said:
In my opinion, every toolbar is mal-ware. Even the popular ones.

-Wolf sends


^^^ Yup. What benefit do any of them provide?


Benefit? Not much. I only consider the major ones like Google or Bing to be acceptable. But even ones like Ask and I think Symantech/Norton have done questionable things with toolbars.

Well, I was looking for a way to detect toolbars. I thought about doing it by name, but it's possible some don't call it a toolbar.
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June 18, 2014 5:31:18 PM

tmontney said:
USAFRet said:
Wolfshadw said:
In my opinion, every toolbar is mal-ware. Even the popular ones.

-Wolf sends


^^^ Yup. What benefit do any of them provide?


Benefit? Not much. I only consider the major ones like Google or Bing to be acceptable. But even ones like Ask and I think Symantech/Norton have done questionable things with toolbars.

Well, I was looking for a way to detect toolbars. I thought about doing it by name, but it's possible some don't call it a toolbar.


You don't detect them by name, you detect them by behavior. Which is what Malwarebytes does.
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June 18, 2014 5:51:03 PM

USAFRet said:
tmontney said:
USAFRet said:
Wolfshadw said:
In my opinion, every toolbar is mal-ware. Even the popular ones.

-Wolf sends


^^^ Yup. What benefit do any of them provide?


Benefit? Not much. I only consider the major ones like Google or Bing to be acceptable. But even ones like Ask and I think Symantech/Norton have done questionable things with toolbars.

Well, I was looking for a way to detect toolbars. I thought about doing it by name, but it's possible some don't call it a toolbar.


You don't detect them by name, you detect them by behavior. Which is what Malwarebytes does.


Right. I wasn't entirely sure what kind of behavior was consistent among toolbars. Like what they all do in common. Of course, if I did it by name, some would slip through simply because they had a different name.

I did find this: http://www.spywareinfoforum.info/toolbars/ but their link to the list no longer exists. So there IS a decent compilation of toolbars out there. And it does give a decent explanation of how they work. Hopefully that'll be enough...
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