Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide)

AVG SafeGuard Toolbar is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar, change your browser homepage to mysearch.avg.com, and set your default search engine to AVG Secure Search.
[Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar virus]
AVG SafeGuard Toolbar it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating 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.

AVG SafeGuard Toolbar got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. This browser hijacker is also bundled within the custom installer on many download sites (examples: CNET, Brothersoft or Softonic), so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that AVG SafeGuard Toolbar was installed during the software setup process.

For example, when you install VAFPlayer, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to mysearch.avg.com, set your default search engine to AVG Secure Search, and install the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar.
[Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar redirect]
However when you uninstall VAFPlayer from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar and AVG Secure Search from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this AVG SafeGuard Toolbar browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, 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 AVG SafeGuard Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove AVG SafeGuard 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.
STEP 1: Uninstall AVG SafeGuard Toolbar programs from your computer
STEP 2: Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar browser hijacker with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall AVG SafeGuard Toolbar program from your computer

  1. To uninstall AVG SafeGuard Toolbar 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“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall AVG SafeGuard Toolbar, AVG SafeGuard Toolbar and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar program]

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.
Depending on what program has installed the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar redirect, 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 AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings to remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar extensions from Firefox.
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
    Select the Extensions tab, then remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar and any other unknown extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar Firefox extension]
  2. Reset your default search engine and homepage from AVG Secure Search to their default.
    To reset your search engine and homepage to their default, we will use the SearchReset extension.This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.
    You can download SearchReset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
    SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the SearchReset Firefox extension)
    [Image: SearchReset extension]

Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from Google Chrome

  1. Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    Basically, if you have not installed an extension, you should remove it from your web browser.
    [Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar Chrome extension]
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from AVG Secure Search to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar Chrome redirect]
    Search for AVG Secure Search (mysearch.avg.com) in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: AVG SafeGuard Toolbar Chrome removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from mysearch.avg.com to its default.
    AVG has modified your Google Chrome settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

  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 AdwCleaner icon.
    [Image: AdwCleaner Icon]
    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.
    [Image: Adwcleaner Scan]
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for AVG SafeGuard Toolbar malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    [Image: AdwCleaner removing infections]
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 4: Remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar virus from with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for AVG SafeGuard Toolbar as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for AVG SafeGuard Toolbar virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing AVG SafeGuard Toolbar]

STEP 5: Double-check for the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, 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.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where 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.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for AVG SafeGuard Toolbar malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for AVG SafeGuard Toolbar virus
  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 AVG SafeGuard Toolbar adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the AVG SafeGuard Toolbar infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove AVG SafeGuard Toolbar from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • LordOgre

    I was having problems with my internet connection since I upgraded AVG from version 8.5 to 2012… by problem, I mean that I could access few websites (facebook, electric company website…) but some other gave me errors, like google, youtube, random sites (90% werent loading and some were barely loaded) Anyway, I turned down AVG’s firewall and it worked. The day after I had an error for a malware called best mark-it158.exe. Thought it was the one who was messing with the firewall so I went in safe mode to clean it and thought I got rid of everything (basically clearing the program file folder… noob i know) and then restarted windows 7. The problem came back so I upgraded AVG again to 2014 in case it was a conflict problem. Nothing worked… ran anti-malware, avg itself and microsoft security thingy. Chose to uninstall AVG because nothing was working. Tried a bunch of stuff like going in the network setups and unchecking the avg filter (which wasnt there). Finally found this post… WORKED LIKE A CHARM. Thanks a lot, I feel cleansed. Donated you deserve it!

  • Mohammed Al Saqi

    Worked for me.. Thanks

  • jackmehoff

    This totally worked for me, and got rid of some of the nasties I didn’t know I had. Good stuff.

  • BeHard

    Thank you sooooooooo much! It was like a nightmare for 3 months. also some bothersome ads removed. :)

  • Andrew

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  • John

    For anyone else having this problem or one similar (Delta-search) this guide actually does work. All the programs are tested and they do remove the software. Thanks!!!!