How to Remove Toolbar from Firefox/ Chrome/ IE

Posted by John Larkin - March 5, 2014

Accidentally installed an unknown toolbar in the system? Home page is changed to unwanted websites? Forced to use unfamiliar search engine? Keep reading this post and take suggested and helpful tips to get rid of unwanted toolbar programs.

A lot of browse add-ons or extensions are creating every now and then. Among them are browser toolbars. A toolbar is the miniature of the web browser, containing on-screen buttons, menus and icons, and functioning in quick search, favorites navigations and blocking pop-up windows. People can easily, conveniently and effectively get to what they want. In a word, browser toolbars simplify the Internet life. However, we may want to try another one after some while, especially when we are not familiar with the current one. In some cases, unknown or malicious toolbars could take chance to access the system and cause chaos. Meanwhile, the default home page could be redirected to unwanted web sites, sponsored links are added to the search results, and annoying windows or ads would pop up on the screen. Under such circumstance, such kind of toolbar can be classified as a browser hijacker or redirect virus that should be removed completely as soon as possible. According to our research, malicious toolbars include HistoryBoss Toolbar, SweetPacks Toolbar, Mixi.DJ Toolbar, Toolbar and Delta Toolbar. If you are fed up with unwanted or nasty toolbars, you’ll find it really helpful reading the following post.

Manual steps to remove any toolbar from web browsers

Toolbars can be programs in the system or add-ons in the web browser. They can come with free software or shared software that can be downloaded from the Internet. In addition, it can drop malicious files to system folders. Therefore, it is necessary to completely clean its components so as to remove the unwanted toolbar.

Step one—— Remove any toolbar from the system

Click Start menu, then Control Panel. Click Uninstall a program, scroll down the list and locate the unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Step two—— Remove any toolbar from the web browser

On Internet Explorer
Click Tools, then Manage Add-ons, and click Toolbars and Extensions tab. Highlight the unwanted toolbar and click Disable.

Click Tools again, then Internet Options. And go to Advanced tab, then click Reset. And follow the prompts.

On Mozilla Firefox
Click Tools, then Add-ons. Click Disable behind the unwanted toolbar.

Click Help, then Troubleshooting Information, and click Reset Firefox.

On Google Chrome
Click the wrench icon, then Tools and click Extensions. Remove the unwanted toolbar.

Click the wrench icon again, then Settings. Reset chrome as what you like.

Step three—— Clean malicious system files

Click Start menu, then Control Panel. Search Folder Options. Click View and tick “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”. Press OK. Search and delete files like:
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe

Step four—— Delete inserted registry entries

Click Start menu, then Run. Type “regedit” in the dialog and press OK. Check every folder and remove keys like:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Step five—— Restart the computer

Please take much caution when following the steps in case of accident moves and unwanted further damage.

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