Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Search.certified-toolbar.com virus removal instructions
Certified Toolbar is a browser add-on, which displays shortcuts to social networks, weather forecasts, games etc. on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome). When installed, this toolbar changes your homepage to search.certified-toolbar.com Furthermore, this toolbar collects your browsing history and the search bar displays some dubious sponsored results. Clicking on these could result in the installation of additional potentially unwanted applications or even malware.
Like many other browser add-ons, this toolbar can be categorized as an unwanted application and there are limited benefits to having it installed on your PC. Therefore, the risks to your privacy, plus the deceptive sponsored search results, indicate that it is advisable that Certified Toolbar be uninstalled from your computer. This toolbar can be downloaded from certified-toolbar.com (its homepage) or it may be bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Search.certified-toolbar.com browser hijacker often installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. To avoid installation of such adware, Internet users should be very careful when downloading freeware. Today, the majority of free software download websites use deceptive download clients, which offer installation of advertised browser extensions with the chosen freeware. The main purpose of this toolbar is to coerce unsuspecting PC users into using the devious search engine presented with search.certified-toolbar.com When computer users click the sponsored results returned by the search bar, an individual or company receives revenue. Your homepage and default search engine setting are changed to Certified Toolbars by default, however, if you closely check each installation window of this toolbar, there are options to change these settings. If you have trouble removing Certified Toolbar from your PC, use the removal instructions provided.
Search.certified-toolbar.com virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Certified Toolbar" select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Certified Toolbar" select it and click Remove.
After uninstalling Certified Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Search.certified-toolbar.com virus removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove search.certified-toolbar.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Certified Toolbar related entries (Certified Toolbar) and disable them.
To change your homepage from search.certified-toolbar.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.certified-toolbar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "WebSearch".
If you continue having problems with redirects to search.certified-toolbar.com, 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 on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove search.certified-toolbar.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Certified Toolbar", select it and click on the trash can icon.
Click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.certified-toolbar.com and click the x symbol. Now add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "WebSearch" and add or select your preferred search engine.
Remove search.certified-toolbar.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Certified Toolbar". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.certified-toolbar.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "certified-toolbar"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to search.certified-toolbar.com, you can reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help, and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
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 Search.certified-toolbar.com Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.certified-toolbar.com Virus 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 Search.certified-toolbar.com Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.