Some toolbars are useful, but unwanted toolbars can ruin your browsing experience. While they’re not all malicious, toolbars that install without your permission often slow down your system, change your home page, and track the sites you visit. They’re often bundled with other software, but luckily, you can get rid of them.
Remove Unwanted Toolbars From Firefox
Removing unwanted toolbars is usually a quick process in Firefox. Click the hamburger menu and choose Add-ons. Select Extensions and select the troublesome toolbar. Click Remove. You’ll need to restart Firefox to complete the process.
Firefox suggests refreshing the browser by clicking the hamburger menu and selecting the help icon. Click Refresh Firefox to reset Firefox to its default settings. Firefox also recommends uninstalling and re-installing the browser if you have trouble removing the toolbar.
Remove Unwanted Toolbars From Internet Explorer
Go to Tools > Manage add-ons to remove unwanted toolbars in IE. Select Toolbars and Extensions, click the toolbar, and press Remove. If the toolbar has changed any of your settings, you may need to reset IE to its default settings.
Go to Tools > Internet Options and select the Advanced tab. Click Reset. This won’t delete your favorites.
Remove Unwanted Toolbars From Chrome
Google recommends using the Chrome Cleanup Tool to remove potentially malicious toolbars. If the toolbar isn’t malicious, open the Chrome Settings menu, select More Tools, and choose Extensions. Click the trashcan beside the toolbar you want to delete.
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Remove Unwanted Toolbars From Edge
Removing When Other Options Don’t Work
If you can’t remove unwanted toolbars using the above steps, the toolbar may be a stand-alone program that needs to be uninstalled from Windows. You may also need an antivirus or anti-malware program to remove the toolbar.
Uninstall the toolbar from Windows by going to Start > Settings > System > Apps & features. Select the toolbar and click Uninstall.
If this doesn’t work, run a full system scan using your antivirus program. Once the program removes the virus, you should be able to remove the toolbar from your browser and Windows, if it’s still there. Try using Digital Care AntiVirus to scan for malicious toolbars.
You may still need to reset some options in your browser, such as your home page and default search engine. You should restart your computer after removing any malicious toolbars and run a second scan to ensure the infection is completely gone.
Most Common Unwanted Toolbars
Unwanted toolbars come in many forms. Some are legitimate, while others completely hijack your system without permission. For instance, the Conduit Toolbar is one of the most common that sneaks on to your system when you install other software, such as video or audio programs.
Some other common unwanted toolbars include:
- Yahoo! Toolbar
- Ask.com Toolbar
- PriceGong Toolbar
- Softonic Toolbar
- Mail.ru Toolbar
- Searchqu Toolbar
- Iminent Toolbar
These are just a few and new toolbars are created almost daily. It’s easy to remove non-malicious toolbars, but you’ll need a reliable antivirus and anti-malware scanner like Digital Care to remove malicious toolbars.
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