The genuine toolbar.exe file is a software component of Snap Toolbar by Perfect Market Technologies.
Toolbar.exe is an executable file that runs the Snap Toolbar, an add-on toolbar for the Internet Explorer that lets users search for items on the web using the Snap.com search engine. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Snap Toolbar has been reported by several anti-malware scanners to be a known spyware program that often installs itself on systems without user consent. The program uses the Snap.com search engine to direct the user searches to affiliate websites associated with Snap, Idealab and Perfect Market, all online advertising and marketing companies. Perfect Market Technologies, Inc. is an American online advertising and marketing company that also provides software solutions for digital publishing that improve website traffic, engagement and revenue. Perfect Market Technologies was founded by Idealab in 2007 to branch out and work exclusively on search technology. The company is based in Pasadena, California, USA.
Toolbar stands for Snap Toolbar for Internet Explorer
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 toolbar.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.
The process known as toolbar.exe
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Description: Toolbar.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The toolbar.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 201,216 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 143,360 bytes and 13 more variants.
The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The toolbar.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. There is no description of the program. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If toolbar.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 300,032 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 99,840 bytes and 4 more variants. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The toolbar.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible.
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Important: Some malware also uses the file name toolbar.exe, for example Trojan.GenericKD.2132480 (detected by BitDefender), and Artemis!406794F2B64A (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the toolbar.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with toolbar. 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.
To help you analyze the toolbar.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.