What is PIB.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the PIB.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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PIB.exe file information

The process known as WebSearch Toolbar Plugin Server belongs to software WebSearch Toolbar or WebSearch Toolbar Plugin Server by WebSearch (

Description: PIB.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PIB.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Toolbar\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 603,136 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 646,656 bytes or 790,528 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. PIB.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you have any problems with PIB.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ WebSearch Toolbar.

Recommended: Identify PIB.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PIB.exe. Therefore, you should check the PIB.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This programs causes alot of Pop ups and ads and causes insibility, and it is a pain to delete. This programs denies any kind of deletion, I have Norton and spysweeper and they both cant delete it. If you notice this program on your computer I suggest you get ride of it as soon as possible, if it even lets you that is.
cant' remove
impossible to remove
No matter how many times you run you Adware/Spyware remover you can not remove this file
its a system hogging program try using a hex editor to damage the files properties then delete it or delete the reg
Adware that dysplays popups, runs on startup, slows your computer.
Pain to remove and since I work for a University, the students download it without knowing the repercussions of it.
  paladin13   (further information)
You need Spybot search and destroy, and you also need to be able to get into your Add/Delete files portion of the Control Panel. The program will allow you to uninstall it, make sure you are NOT connected to the internet, that you DON'T let it close ANY IE windows, and then it should mostly uninstall. Then run Spybot, let it remove what it can, and then let it run on system restart. It should (hopefully) be gone.
Download Gnoppix ( ). When you boot it, click "Computer" and then "Disks" (or something like that). Click "hda1," and then open the Program Files folder. Go to the Toolbar directory (at least that's where it's saved on my computer), select all files in it, and move them to the Trash. Click the Trash icon on the bottom right of the desktop. In the window that pops up, Click "File" and then "Empty Trash." Now, open the Computer menu again, but click "Quit" or "Log out" this time. When you're back in Windows the toolbar should be gone.
  Sixteen Left  
I used regedit from to find where it was located (you can't remove the registry key - once you find it, you have to ctrl-alt-delete to shut down the registry editor), then I rebooted and started my computer in MS-Dos mode, preventing the spyware from starting up with windows, and, using dos, went to the folder (cd is the required dos command to change directory) then delete the executable file (del pib.exe). That doesn't remove the registry key (I haven't worked that out yet) but as long as you remove the exe file it can't run.
This program is too hard to delete. It runs there files on my pc there are almost undeletable. Y ou need to edit registry through safe mode or reboot pc!
I can't get rid of it!!!
  Beau Reese  
Its a nasty piece of work
easy to remove .... just go to configuration ... software seak for websearch toolbar and then remove
Once it's started it's hard to remove. It can cause leaks to. Yet my system crashes without it.
  Jim Rose  

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Summary: Average user rating of PIB.exe: based on 17 votes with 16 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users suspect danger. 12 users think PIB.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PIB issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PIB. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the PIB.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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