Alot toolbar - how to eliminate searchalot.com and alothome.com redirects?
Alot toolbar is browser add-on which puts shortcuts to social networks, online games, weather apps etc. to your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox). While some people might find the free services provided by this browser add-on useful, there's a down side for Alot toolbar. This toolbar changes your default homepage to alothome.com and your default search engine to search.alot.com Furthermore if you try to search using the presented search.alot.com website you will be presented with some shady search results.
While the organic search results are brought by Google and they are fine, the sponsored results that are managed by Alot and could direct users to some malicious websites. Moreover the alot homepage displays some deceptive visual ads which also could easily lead to malware or other harmful software infiltrating your PC. Alot toolbar can be downloaded from their homepage or it could be installed on your computer together with some free software which you downloaded from Internet. You should always closely look at every program installation window and read through all of the presented information, reckless software installation could easily lead to installation of unwanted browser toolbars and other deceptive software.
Alot toolbar by itself is not malware or a virus but the deceptive ads shows by this toolbar could easily end up in 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 you 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 shady sponsored search results which may lead to malware and spyware infiltration.
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". Look for "ALOT Appbar" and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "ALOT Appbar" and click Remove.
After uninstalling AlotToolbar scan your computer with anti-spyware software for any left unwanted components. Recommended anti-spyware software.
Alot Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Alot Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove alothome.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Alot Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "ALOT Appbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove alothome.com and enter your preferred domain.
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. If you don't 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: