Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
What is Chatzum Toolbar and how to remove it?
Chatzum toolbar is a browser add-on, which enhances Facebook's photo viewing experience - it magnifies photos when hovering over them. While this function can be useful for social network users, Chatzum is categorized as an unwanted program, due to its deceptive methods of installation and also for not providing a full uninstall facility. By default, when installed on your computer, Chatzum toolbar automatically changes your browser's homepage to search.chatzum.com
The search engine presented within this new homepage is powered by Google search, with slight modifications, making sponsored results difficult to distinguish from organic ones. Furthermore, if you decide to remove Chatzum toolbar, it is necessary to take several manual steps before this toolbar is removed from all of your Internet browsers. The uninstall process via your operating system control panel will not revert your browser settings to the default - your homepage will remain set at search.chatzum.com and your browsers will retain this toolbar. Chatzum toolbar is not a virus, but rather, a toolbar employing a deceptive strategy to prevent computer users from fully uninstalling it using Control Panel. If you have not willingly installed this toolbar, or did so inadvertently, remove it from your computer immediately.
Chatzum toolbar can be downloaded from its homepage or through software distribution websites. This toolbar can also come as part of a bundle of free downloadable sofware. To avoid installing Chatzum toolbar, or other similar unwanted toolbars inadvertently, always carefully study the installation windows for software (especially free software) that you have downloaded from the Internet. If you install your software recklessly (by just clicking 'next' in the installation process), your Internet browsers can easily be crowded with unwanted toolbars such as Chatzum. To remove this browser add-on from your PC, use these removal instructions.
Chatzum Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "ChatZum Toolbar" and click Change, in the open window click "Next".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "ChatZum Toolbar" and click Remove.
After uninstalling ChatZum Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended malware removal software.
ChatZum Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video demonstrating how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Uninstalling the ChatZum Toolbar is not adequate; remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.
Remove ChatZum Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Zako Solutions LTD related entries (ChatZum Toolbar, TBSB09850) and disable them. After removing the add-ons, change your homepage from search.chatzum.com to your preferred domain - Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.chatzum.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove ChatZum Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "ChatZum.com" and "New Tab", select them and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.chatzum.com to you preferred domain, click on the wrench icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over ChatZum Search and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove ChatZum Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "ChatZum Toolbar". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the open window, remove search.chatzum.com and enter your preferred domain.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Chatzum toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of Chatzum toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Chatzum toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.