How many times have I told you: “Pay attention to the rumors that pop up when you install new programs on your PC because you could find yourself with a lot of toolbars installed in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome without you wanting to”? Ten? Hundred? One thousand? Well, it doesn’t matter … you haven’t listened to me this time either and, as you wanted to prove, you now have a browser that takes up over half the screen with its toolbars alone.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to fix this mess and remove all those useless toolbars from the system. How do you say? Have you thought exactly the same thing but, not being a computer expert, you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, this is really a no-brainer. And then today I feel good: even if you have not listened to my advice and now you are “immersed” in the toolbars, I have decided to help you and therefore I will show you, in detail, all the steps to follow.

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Courage: set aside five minutes of free time, read my tips on how to remove toolbar from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and all the other most popular browsers in the desktop environment (the problem of the toolbars, fortunately, does not concern the mobile sector) and put them into practice. I assure you that it will take you very little to get rid of all unwanted toolbars!

Index

  • Malwarebytes AdwCleaner
  • Avast Browser Cleanup
  • Manual removal of toolbars

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

One of the first solutions that I would like to recommend is Malwarebytes AdwCleaner: it is a small free program that examines the system and removes all the main types of adware and browser hijackers, that is, all those malware and unwanted software that, very often, are included “treacherously” in the installation packages software downloaded from the Internet. If the unwanted toolbars in your browser appeared after you installed a program downloaded from the web, with Malwarebytes AdwCleaner you should almost certainly be able to solve the problem.

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I would say, therefore, not to get lost in chatter and to get down to business. First, connect to the Malwarebytes AdwCleaner website and click on the button Free download to download the program to your PC. When the operation is complete, start the executable adwcleaner_xx.exe and, in the window that opens, click the button first Yup and then on I accept. You will immediately find yourself in front of the main AdwCleaner window (which, to work, does not require tedious installation procedures).

At this point, all you have to do is press the button Analyze, wait a few seconds for the program to scan the system and remove any threats found. How? Simple, by closing the Notepad file that opened (the scan report), making sure there is a check mark next to all results and clicking on the button first Clean up and then on OK And Restart now, in order to restart your PC and remove all detected threats.

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When the system is restarted, a new Notepad file will open with the cleaning report and there should be no annoying toolbars in the browser. Malwarebytes AdwCleaner operates at the system level, so its action affects both Internet Explorer and Chrome and Firefox.

Avast Browser Cleanup

Avast Browser Cleanup is another piece of software that may come in handy for removing toolbars from your browser. It is, in fact, a free software produced by Avast, the famous software house producing the antivirus of the same name, which allows you to delete all malicious extensions from Internet Explorer and Firefox and to restore the default search settings of the programs in question (useful when malware changes the browser’s search engine).

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To download Avast Browser Cleanup on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Free download. Once the download is complete, start the executable avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe and, in the window that opens, click the button first Install and then on Done to finish the software installation process.

At this point, to start a scan of Internet Explorer and Firefox and find out if there are malicious extensions in them, open Avast Browser Cleanup and wait a few seconds. If you are told that any program is interfering with the scan, click the button Yup to remove it.

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When the scan is complete, select the icon Internet Explorer from the Avast Browser Cleanup sidebar and, if there are malicious extensions to remove, delete them by clicking on the button Remove placed in correspondence with their name.

If Avast Browser Cleanup does not detect malicious extensions but you want to remove a legitimate toolbar from the browser (e.g. the Google Toolbar), remove the check mark from the item Exclude add-ins with a good rating which is located at the bottom right and proceed to remove the unwanted extension as just seen together. To restore the default search settings, click the button instead reset settings located at the top right and choose, from the drop-down menu that appears on the screen, the search engine you prefer the most.

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The procedure I have just explained to you for Internet Explorer can also be implemented for Firefox, the other browser supported by Avast Browser Cleanup.

Manual removal of toolbars

Despite using Malwarebytes AdwCleaner and Avast Browser Cleanup, failed to remove toolbars from browser? Don’t panic. By acting “manually” in the Windows control panel and in the settings of your browser, you should still be able to get the desired result.

To remove a toolbar via the control panel, you must go back to the program to which it belongs (probably a recently installed software, without your realizing it) and proceed to uninstall it as if it were any other installed software on the PC.

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If you use Windows 10 then click on the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), then on thegear icon present on the side of the menu that appears on the screen and go up App. On the next screen, locate the program to which the toolbar you want to uninstall belongs, select it and click on the button Uninstall twice in a row. Finally, follow the instructions on the screen (usually just click on Next / Next) And that’s it.

If you are using a version of Windows older than 10 or, in any case, you prefer to act through the classic control panel, click on the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), search “Control Panel” in the menu that appears on the screen and select the first search result.

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In the window that opens, click on the icon Uninstall a program, locate the program to which the toolbar you want to delete belongs, select it and click on the button Uninstall which is located at the top. Finally, follow the instructions on the screen (usually just click on Next / Next) And that’s it.

In case of problems, I invite you to read my tutorial “I can not uninstall a program: here’s how”, in which I have suggested various solutions to put into practice when a program does not want to know how to uninstall using the classic procedure from the panel control.

If in the list of programs installed on your PC you do not find references to the toolbar that ruins your online browsing sessions, try opening the browser and removing the add-on directly from it.

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Start, therefore, Internet Explorer, click ongear icon located at the top right and select the item Manage add-ons from the menu that opens. In the window that appears on the screen, select the item Toolbars and Extensions from the left sidebar, choose the toolbar to disable and click on the button Disable located at the bottom right. The changes should take effect immediately.

You don’t use Internet Explorer, you use Edge, its replacement in Windows 10? No problem. You can detect and possibly remove unwanted add-ons by pressing the button (…) located at the top right and selecting the item Extensions from the menu that appears. Next, click on the name of the extension to remove, click on the button Uninstall And that’s it.

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For completeness of information, now I tell you how to get the same result in Firefox And Chrome, two other very popular browser programs that can be affected by the problem of malicious extensions.

  • Firefox – to remove an extension from Firefox, click onhamburger icon located at the top right and select the item Additional components from the menu that appears. Next, select the item Extensions from the left sidebar, locate the extension to remove and click on the button Remove which is found in correspondence with its name.
  • Chrome – to remove an extension from Chrome, click onicon with three dots at the top right and select the items Other tools> Extensions from the menu that opens. Therefore, locate the add-on to remove and click on the button Remove present at the bottom of the box that concerns you.
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In conclusion, regardless of the browser you use to browse the internet, I advise you to protect your PC with a good antivirus: in this way, you should be able to block the installation of many malicious toolbars and add-ons in the bud.

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