How to remove the TBPS virus

Most antivirus programs identify TBPS.exe as malware—for instance McAfee identifies it as potentially unwanted program Adware-Websearch, and BitDefender identifies it as Adware.Generic.16308.

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TBPS.exe file information

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

Description: TBPS.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file TBPS.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\TOOLBAR\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 624,640 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 790,016 bytes, 566,272 bytes, 637,440 bytes or 559,616 bytes. 
The TBPS.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. There is no description of the program. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). TBPS.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall WebSearch Toolbar software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify TBPS.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the TBPS.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If WebSearch Toolbar Plugin Server has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

"X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
  William Dole  
spybot and adaware will not remove it loads in memory one path is {8952A998-1E7E-4716-B23D-3DBED3910972} also makes a boot up exe file cant remove it i belive i got this from down loading Morphes or from soulseek both are p2p programs.
when ever i give print command it give error tbps.exe error
It is very difficult to remove. Get the latest version of HiJackThis and Killbox and DLLCompare to assist you in your challenge...
  Johannes Factotum  
This spyware was taking up 450MB memory on me
  Anthony G  
Definitely spyware, part of "IBIS Toolbar" and pretty hard to get rid of (Ad-Aware detected it, but wasn't able to clean it), because it runs at system startup and starts another watchdog program (PIB.exe). If either of these two is killed, the other immediately restarts it. And because they are "in use", they cannot be deleted without some tricks.
  Hlloyge   (further information)
It's self regenerating. For instance, if you click "end process" in the cntrl/alt/dlt, the process ends for a moment or two and then creates a new file and opens again.
  Tim A.  
Spyware : 99% system ressource !
Its a tricky spyware, if u try to terminate the process, it open ub several other process to ensure its process.... i get rid of it by SpyBot Search & Destoy, and dont forget to turn off System Restore on XP or ME before deleting any Spyware, else it restore the Spyware!!!
it cannot be "end tasked," it is linked with PIB.exe, i found the files in c:Program files/ toolbars.
it uses most of your memory causin yer putor to slow right down
a parasite--reboots and reinstalls itself
It used up all my resources so I couldn't run legitimate programs like MS Word.
  The Lob  
Keeps reinstalling itself. puts itself back into the registry. think i got rid of it by booting into safe mode stopping service and removing it from run part of registry.
just noticed it after installing shareaza, and shareaza doesn't work very good
  frustrated p2p user  
Runs in memory and so is not removed by SpyBot To remove it, note its location as reported by SpyBot, then reboot in safe mode and delete the executable. The version I had created a directory called c:\Program Files\WinTools, which I removed entirely.
I did not seek out this file; it found me. I cannot get rid of it. At boot, it says it is missing some component, and crashes my system.
this is a virus or another bad thing. I can't remove it. I think it depends of PIB, an other bad thing. Sorry but i'm french. Thank for your help
Remove Toolbars/end processes - USE safe mode if it won't uninstall - run MS Anti-Spyware Beta1 to remove all traces!
  P2 Tech Support  
spyware..but i can't get rid of it
  Digga **gga  
On my WIN XP machine it stops MS paint freom running
  Joe Sephus  
This thing is related to wsup.exe PIB.exe and it fricking kills registry need help getting rid of it
  Chris C.  
It uses hell loads of memory so i can't even run adaware because it crashes.
got it from BearShare, hard to remove
very hard to kill if not in safe mode
my computer is running slow
TBPS.exe Is part of the spyware trojan Bubba.Wintools which is installed by the spyware IBIS Toolbar which is a Huntbar Variant
  Chris Kuhn   (further information)
Very disturbing file series, I spent 2 hours trying to clear it out this morning. Help getting rid of it: What I did was rebooted my computer to safe mode (press F8 during startup) and disconnected my internet connection. I proceeded to cntl alt delete to the task manager where i attempted to close the programs, after fighting with it for about 10 minutes I gave up and ran Ad-Aware & Spybot, both detected it but neither would cleanse it. Im going to try deleting all associated files this evening...
got it from bearshare and its pissing me off.. most programs i dled do not fully delete jus regenerates.
it cannot be easly uninstalled and collects personal information for submission to an unknown third party
Avoid at all cost!
I could remove it by going into safemode and then running the spybot program.
Has several evil step-sisters that help reinstall when any of the others are cancelled (even through root trees). Common ones (all ending in .exe) are PIB, WSG, radio, setupex & common.dll & toolbar.dll. It is very important to shut system restore off or all work will be for nothing.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of TBPS.exe: based on 37 votes with 36 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 29 users think TBPS.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade TBPS.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving TBPS issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active TBPS process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the TBPS.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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