Remove Toolbars: How to Get Rid of Unwanted Toolbars


If you want to learn how to remove toolbars (especially the rogueware and adware variety), you've found the right place. Removing unwanted toolbars is usually a good idea, because adware toolbars are known to monitor your search queries and browsing habits. This information is then sent to the toolbar's owners and used to send you targeted ads, and in some cases, if the information is personal, it can be used without your permission to steal your identity.

Most of the time, it can be very difficult to remove adware toolbars. Not only do most of them download secretly and then install themselves on your hard drive without your permission, some of the more devious ones have ways to try to block you uninstalling them. As adware toolbars often have hidden reinstallers that installs them back as soon as they are removed, it is virtually impossible to remove toolbars manually. What is even worse, adware toolbars are neither detected by antivirus software nor can be stopped by firewalls, because they embed themselves as an integral part of your web browser.

A few examples: 

How to remove unwanted toolbars - the easy way

So, what can you do if you want to remove toolbar? The best thing would be to start with removing it manually.

1. Open the "View" menu of your browser,

2. choose "Toolbars",

3. uncheck the toolbar name.

Then go to the Add and Remove Program utility in the Windows Control Panel (Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs), find the toolbar's name, then click the "Remove" button and follow the instructions.

The alternative is to run the toolbar's supplied uninstaller, which should be available via the options or settings on the toolbar.

What to do if the toolbar reappears

The big problem when it comes to so many of these adware toolbars is that they can guard against the traditional Add/Remove programs uninstall and reappear on your browser the next time you start one up. The only remaining solution then is using an anti-spyware program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) or Enigma's SpyHunter. Those programs are able to detect and effectively remove toolbars, as well as any other adware and spyware threats that might reside in your system. Most of the time, adware toolbars are only the tip of the iceberg, with several other trojan or malware threats lurking just behind them - unseen, but even more dangerous. Trojans can download and install new adware and malware at some point in the future if they're left on your system.

There are people who would rather change their browser (usually to Mozilla Firefox or one of the other popular alternatives), taking advantage of the fact that most adware toolbars are made with Internet Explorer in mind, but that tactic is a bit shortsighted. Regardless of what browser you use, without a working anti-spyware program, your system is prone to all kinds of infections. You can solve this problem once and for all by using a properly certified anti-spyware and anti-virus program, no matter which browser you decide to go with. You have too much personal information on your computer to risk not using reliable protection, so don't go another day without taking the necessary precautions and removing that unwanted toolbar.


Malware, Rogueware & Adware Toolbar Removal:

  1. Download and install SpyHunter
  2. Run a full system scan 
  3. Remove all detected infections
  4. Reboot and rescan. The toolbar should now be completely uninstalled.

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