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 browser toolbars.

[Image: Internet Explorer toolbar removal]

[Image: Firefox toolbar virus]

[Image: Chrome toolbar virus]
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 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.

Generally speaking, toolbars are ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all 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 engine to Conduit Search, and install the AVG Search-Results Toolbar.
However when you uninstall iLivid Media Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove search.conduit.com and from 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
  • Babylon Toolbar
  • SweetPacks Toolbar
  • Delta Toolbar
  • Searchqu Toolbar
  • Sweet IM Toolbar
  • DealPly Toolbar
  • 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 careful what you agree to install.
[Image: Toolbar setup program]
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 ANY Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome (Virus Removal Guide)

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.
STEP 1: Uninstall ANY Toolbar malicious programs from your computer
STEP 2: Remove ANY Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove ANY Toolbar adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove ANY Toolbar browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 5: Remove Toolbar virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 6: Double-check for the Toolbar infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Toolbar program from your computer

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“. 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 any recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    The most common 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 program and don’t know what it does, you should uninstall it from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Toolbar program from your computer]

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Toolbar, you can use Revo Uninstaller to 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 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  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 Any Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Web.longfintuna.net virus
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Any Toolbar from Google Chrome

  1. Remove 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 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: Chrome toolbar extensions]
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine to its default.
    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: Toolbar Chrome redirect]
    Search for any unwanted search engine in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Toolbar Chrome hijack removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage to its default.
    Most toolbars will modify 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 ANY Toolbar adware from your computer with AdwCleaner.

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and browsers for toolbar malicious files 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 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 Toolbar malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the 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 ANY toolbar browser hijacker with Junkware Removal 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 the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware 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.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Toolbar virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 5: Remove Any Toolbar virus 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 it 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.
    [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 scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Toolbar malicious files as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Toolbar virus
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing virus]

STEP 6: Double-check for the Toolbar infection with HitmanPro

Toolbar may also install a ZeroAccess rootkit on victim’s computer, to detect and remove this malicious program we will perform a scan with HitmanPro.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link, then double-click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro scanner
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for Toolbar malicious files as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scan Toolbar virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove this malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

Your computer should now be free of the 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.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Toolbar from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.