Also Known As: Alot Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Low
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Alot toolbar - how to eliminate searchalot.com and alothome.com redirects?
What is Alot Toolbar?
Alot toolbar is browser add-on, which applies shortcuts for social networks, online games, weather apps, etc. to your Internet browsers (for example, Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox). Whilst some users might find the free services provided by this browser add-on useful, there is a downside: the Alot toolbar changes your default homepage to alothome.com and your default search engine to search.alot.com Furthermore, if you attempt to search using the recommended search.alot.com website, you will be presented with some dubious search results.
Whilst the organic search results delivered by Google are fine, the sponsored results are managed by Alot and can direct users to malicious websites. Moreover, the Alot homepage displays deceptive visual ads, which could lead to malware or other harmful software infiltrating your PC. The Alot toolbar can be downloaded from their homepage or installed on your computer with bundled free software downloaded from the Internet. Always study each program installation window and read all of the information displayed, since reckless software installation can lead to infiltration by unwanted browser toolbars and other deceptive software.
Alot toolbar is not technically malware or a virus, however, the deceptive ads displayed by this toolbar could potentially result in the installation of unwanted applications and malware. Having this toolbar installed on your PC exposes your system to privacy and security risks. Use this removal guide to help eliminate Alot toolbar from your PC.
Why should you remove Alot toolbar?
- Alot toolbar changes your homepage to alothome.com (a website with deceptive visual adds)
- Your default Internet search provider is changed to search.alot.com
- search.alot.com returns dubious sponsored search results, which may lead to malware and spyware infiltration
- What is Alot Toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ALOT Appbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Alot Toolbar redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Alot Toolbar homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Alot Toolbar manually by deleting files and registry entries.
Alot 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".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "ALOT Appbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling the AlotToolbar, scan your computer with anti-spyware software for any remaining unwanted components. Recommended malware removal software.
Alot Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Alot Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Alot Toolbar related entries (ALOT Appbar, ALOT Appbar Helper) and disable them.
To change your homepage from alothome.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove alothome.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Alot Toolbar, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Alot Toolbar from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "ALOT Appbar".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove alothome.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Alot Toolbar, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Manual Alot Toolbar removal:
If you were unable to remove Alot Toolbar using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Alot Toolbar processes:
Remove these Alot Toolbar registry entries:
Delete these Alot Toolbar files:
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 Alot Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of Alot 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 Alot Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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