How to Disable Browser Toolbars

What is a browser toolbar? A browser toolbar is a toolbar normally located at the top of your browser. Toolbars were originally intended to expand the functionality and efficiency of the browser. Recently toolbars have become associated with malware or create a vulnerability through which viruses can gain access to your computer.

How did I get one? Toolbars are often packaged with other downloads. The companies that create them pay other vendors to bundle the toolbar with software you are looking for. When you download your software and don’t uncheck the box for the toolbar, you’ve installed one.

Do I need one? If you use it, yes; if you don’t, no. Experience shows us if you are not familiar with toolbars and how they get in/how to remove them, they can build up over time. If you don’t remove them, they can reduce the usable real estate on your screen and become very annoying. They can also degrade the responsiveness of your browser and create security vulnerabilities.

Toolbars Toolbar Removal

There are several ways to remove toolbars; today we will use: disabling them via the browser and uninstalling them just like you would uninstall software. A combination of both methods should catch them all.

Disable toolbars from Internet Explorer:

• Click the tools icon in the top right corner of the screen. (It looks like a little gear.)
• Manage Add-ons.
• Click on Tools and Extensions in the left pane.
• Use the drop down menu to show all add-ons.
• Highlight the toolbar you want to disable and click the disable button on the bottom right.
• You might receive a pop-up window with further options. Check the appropriate blocks and click the disable button.
• Read this article for more info: http://www.pcworld.com/article/241720/how_to_remove_browser_toolbars_in_internet_explorer.html

Uninstall toolbars from Windows:

• Click Start > Control Panel.
• This step will vary depending on your version of Windows.
• Uninstall a Program or Programs and Features.
• Look for and click on toolbars.
• Click the Uninstall button near the top of the window.
• Follow the steps presented by the uninstaller.
• Repeat as needed.
• Here is an article with more info: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/uninstall-a-program-in-windows/

Mozilla Firefox

• Click on the word Firefox to access the dropdown menu.
• Click on Add-ons.
• Check the Extensions and Plugins categories for toolbars.
• In Extensions, click the Remove button.
• In Plugins select “Never Activate” from the dropdown menu.
• Restart Firefox.
• You can also use the “Uninstall toolbars from Windows” steps above.
• Read this article for more tips: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Uninstalling_toolbars

Google Chrome

 • Click the Customize and Control icon in the top right corner. It resembles a wrench or three horizontal lines.
• Hover over Tools then choose Extensions.
• Click the trash can next to the toolbars you want to remove.
• You may have to confirm the removal.
• You can also use the “Uninstall toolbars from Windows” steps above.
• Here is more info: https://support.google.com/toolbar/answer/9231?hl=en

 

 

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