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Claria, Adware.GAIN.Dashbar


DashBar is a search toolbar created by Claria. When using DashBar, search queries are sent to search partners along with the user's IP address and other obscure data. The functionality of DashBar is designed to simplify online searches. Without altering the default settings, unwanted searches may occur.


Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    Note: If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note: You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Technical Details

Claria's DashBar is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer that creates a toolbar in the browser window. DashBar provides functionality to search the web by using a search field inside the toolbar. By default, this search field is automatically updated on your browsing habits. It is also, by default, if you leave the mouse over the search field, it will automatically open a new window with search results, thus sending the query to Claria with ease.

By clicking a result on the search results page, the browser is passed through the third-party search provider's website and then to the destination website. Along with the destination page, a long obscure data string is included to the search provider. Previously, this was in plain text and included the search query, user language, time, date, affiliate ID and placement of the search result. By letting the client go through the search provider's homepage, the IP address can also be collected. DashBar hijacks failed DNS searches and regular address bar searches by default, but it is possible to disable this functionality. The free version of DashBar is bundled with Claria's GAIN ad-delivery software.