Remove ANY TOOLBAR from Internet Explorer

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1 Remove ANY TOOLBAR from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome Browser toolbars have been around for years, however, in the last couple of months they became a huge mess. Unfortunately, lots of free software comes with more or less unwanted add - ons or er toolbars. brows These are quite annoying because they may:  Change your homepage and your search engine without your permission or awareness Track your browsing activities and searches  Display annoying ads and manipulate search results   Take up a lot of (vertical) space inside the browser  Slow down your browser and degrade your browsing experience Fight against each other and make normal add - on handling difficult or impossible   Become difficult or even impossible for the average user to fully uninstall Toolbars are not technically not a virus, but they do exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operat ing system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program. Generally speaking, toolbars are ad - , pop - up, supported (users may see additional banner, search - - text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet pop under, interstitial and in Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during me from, so it’s not surprising at all installation. Very often users have no idea where did it co that most of them assume that the installed toolbar is a virus. For example, when you install iLivid Media Player, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to search.conduit.com , set your default search eng ine to Conduit Search , and install the AVG Search - Results Toolbar . However when you uninstall iLivid Media Player from your computer, your web browser’s search.conduit.com default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove and fro m your favorite web browser manually. The most common toolbar infections that can be found on the Internet are:  Ask.com Toolbar  Yahoo! Toolbar  Mail.ru toolbar

2  Babylon Toolbar SweetPacks Toolbar  Delta Toolbar  Searchqu Toolbar  Sweet IM Toolbar   DealPly Toolba r  Funmoods Toolbar  Softonic Toolbar  Yontoo Toolbar  Snap.Do Toolbar IMinent Toolbar   PriceGong Toolbar You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as these toolbar. Be very car eful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not fam iliar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust. How to remove ANY Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome (Vi rus Removal Guide)

3 This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove ANY Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance. : Uninstall ANY Toolbar malicious programs from your computer STEP 1 : Remove ANY Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome STEP 2 : Remove ANY Toolbar adware with AdwCleaner STEP 3 STEP 4 : Remove ANY Toolbar browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool : Remove Toolbar virus with Malwarebytes Anti - STEP 5 lware Free Ma STEP 6 - check for the Toolbar infection with HitmanPro : Double : Uninstall Toolbar program from your computer STEP 1 Most toolbars will install a program on your computer, while this is not a general rule, we will need to check for any malicious programs. In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer. 1. To uninstall the toolbar program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel , and click on Uninstall a program. If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “ control panel an right - click “. Or you c on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program . When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program 2. screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall any recently installed or unknown programs from your computer. The most c ommon programs installed on users computers are: BitGuard, Delta Toolbar, DefaultTab, Search Protect by Conduit, Ask toolbar, Babylon Toolbar, Browser Protect, WebCake, Mixi.DJ toolbar and many others. As a general rule, if you have not installed a

4 program and don’t know what it does, you should uninstall it from your computer. If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Toolbar, you Revo Uninstaller to can use completely remove this unwanted program from your machine. Depending on what program has installed the unwanted Toolbar, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step . STEP 2 : Remove Any Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome Remove Any toolbar from Internet Explorer You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

5 1. he “ gear icon ” in the upper right part of your Open Internet Explorer, click on t Internet Options . browser, then click again on 2. In the “ Internet Options ” dialog box, click on the “ Advanced ” tab, then click on the “ Reset ” button.

6 3. In the “ Reset Internet Explorer settings ” section, select the “ Delete personal settings ” check box, then click on “ Reset ” button. ” button When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “ Close 4. in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now need to close your browser, and then you can

7 open Interne t Explorer again. Remove Any Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential inf ormation like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto - fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

8 1. - right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox In the upper menu button ( ), then click on the “ Help ” ( ) button. Troubleshooting Information From the Help menu, choose 2. . If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring

9 up the Troubleshooting information page.

10 3. Clic k the “ Reset Firefox ” button in the upper - right corner of the “ Troubleshooting Information ” page.

11 4. Reset Firefox ” button in the new confirmation window that To continue, click on the “ opens. 5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it ’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “ Finish “. Note Old Firefox : Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “ Data “. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the infor mation not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information. Remove Any Toolbar from Google Chrome

12 1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represente d by three horizontal lines ( ) .When the drop - down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings . 2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced

13 settings link (as seen in the below example). 3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Re set browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the

14 Reset browser settings button. 4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete

15 the restoration process, click on the Reset button. STEP 3: Remove ANY Toolbar adware from your computer with AdwCleaner. The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web bro wser for malicious files, adware browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge. 1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link. ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK ( This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer ) 2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers , then double - click on the AdwClea ner icon .

16 If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run. 3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “ Scan ” button as shown below. AdwCleaner will now start to search for any malicious files that may be installed on your computer.

17 4. To remove the malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “ Clean ” button.

18 5. save any open files or documents, as the program AdwCleaner will now prompt you to ase do so and then click on the button. will need to reboot the computer. Ple OK STEP 4: Remove ANY toolbar browser hijacker with Junkware Remo val Tool Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove ANY toolbar redirect from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome. 1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link: JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer) 2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double - click on t he JRT.exe icon as seen below.

19 If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run. 3. Junkw are Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the toolbar hijacker. Plea se be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.

20 4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log oved from your computer. with the malicious files and registry keys that were rem STEP 5: Remove Any Toolbar virus with Malwarebytes Anti - Malware FREE - Malwarebytes Anti - leading technology to detect and remove all Malware Free uses industry traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti - Malware works well and should run alongside an tivirus software without conflicts. 1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti - Malware from the below link. MALWAREBYTES ANTI MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a - new web pag e from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti - Malware Free) 2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double - click on the icon on your desktop - named “ - setup - consumer mbam 2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti - Malware.

21 You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “ Yes ” to continue with the installation. 3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti - Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process. To install Malwarebyte s Anti - Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by

22 clicking the “ ” button. Next 4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti - Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “ Fix Now ” button.

23 Alternatively, you can click on the “ Scan ” tab and select “ Threat Scan “, then click on the

24 “Sc an Now” button.

25 5. Malwarebytes Anti - Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “ Update Now ” button.

26 6. - Malware will now start scanning your computer for the pop - up virus. Malwarebytes Anti When Malwarebytes Anti - Malware is scanning it will look like the image below. 7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti Malware has detected. To remove the - malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti - malware has found, click on the Quarantine All ” butto n, and then click on the “ Apply Now ” button. “

27 at is shown in the image. Please note that the infections found may be different than wh 8. Malwarebytes Anti - Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti - Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a m essage stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.

28 After your computer will restart, you sh - Malware and ould open Malwarebytes Anti perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats STEP 6: Double - check for the Toolbar infection with HitmanPro HitmanPro is a second opinion scanne r, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside ex isting security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer. 1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link: H (This link will open a new web page from where ITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK you can download HitmanPro) 2. Double - click on the file named “ HitmanPro.exe ” (for 32 - bit versions of Windows) or “ HitmanPro_x64.exe ” (for 64 - bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

29 Click on the “ Next ” bu tton, to install HitmanPro on your computer.

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31 3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for any malicious files that may be on your mac hine. 4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “ Next ” button, to remove any virus that has been

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33 free 30 days trial 5. Click on the “ Activate free license ” button to begin the , and remove all the malicious files from your computer.

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