If you have ever encountered Snap.do or browse-search.com, then you most probably have seen Savepass smartbar as well. It is an adware application that functions like browser extension. This application can get installed on your computer without any notification, but that does not mean Savepass smartbar is a computer infection. It is more of a potentially unwanted program, because it might exhibit annoying and intrusive behavior. Our general piece of advice is to remove Savepass smartbar from affected computer as soon as possible, because you can never know who could make use of this application to exploit your system.
Although browse-search.com is indicated as Savepass smartbar’s homepage, the direct download link is not present there. According to our security research, this application usually arrives bundled with fake installers. For example, there are a lot of various pop-ups on a number of websites that offer you to download Java or Adobe updates. However, since these pop-ups appear on third party websites, they do not distribute the real upgrades. Clicking on such pop-ups will eventually lead to adware installation, and keep in mind that with a bundled download Savepass smartbar will not be the only unwanted program that enters your computer.
It is also possible to download Savepass smartbar from third party file hosting websites that distribute freeware applications. Such websites always make use of various installers that user has to download prior to downloading the actual program. These installers automatically bring other unwanted applications onto your PC, and Savepass smartbar might be one of them. Needless to say, that it is also possible to locate a direct Savepass smartbar download link on a third party website, but it is rather unlikely that a security-minded user would want such an application installed on his/her PC.
Savepass smartbar is promoted as a useful tool that can enhance your Internet browsing experience, but this add-on does not work on every popular browser. It functions with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox only. On Internet Explorer Savepass smartbar adds a toolbar, while Firefox gets only an extension. The toolbar on Internet Explorer also has a search box which employs search.snapdo.com as search provider.
Due to the fact that Savepass smartbar is obviously related to a number of potentially unwanted and dangerous applications, you should not doubt any longer and remove Savepass smartbar right now. Let’s not forget that this extension could also get exploited by malevolent third party for corrupted content distribution and what not. In short, keeping adware applications on your PC can result in serious computer security issues, so the sooner to get rid of Savepass smartbar the better.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
After manual removal you should scan your PC once more than a licensed antispyware application, and if you encounter any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.