Search.certified-toolbar.com virus removal instructions
Certified Toolbar is a browser add-on adds which adds shortcuts to social networks, weather forecast, games etc. to your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome). When installed on your computer this toolbar will change your homepage to search.certified-toolbar.com Furthermore this toolbar collect your browsing history and the results that are presented using it's search bar has some shady sponsored results. Clicking on the mentioned sponsored results could easily end up in installation of additional potentially unwanted applications or even malware.
This toolbar as many other browser add-ons can be categorized as being an unwanted application, there's no much benefits from having this toolbar installed on your PC and the risks to your privacy and deceptive sponsored search results clearly states that Certified Toolbar should be uninstalled from your computer. This toolbar can be downloaded from certified-toolbar.com (it's homepage) or it may come bundled with some free software that you have downloaded from the Internet.
Search.certified-toolbar.com browser hijacker most commonly installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. To avoid installation of such adware Internet users should be very careful when downloading freeware, nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using deceptive download clients which offer installation of some advertised browser extensions together with the chosen freeware. The main purpose of this toolbar is to force unsuspecting PC users into using the shady search engine that is presented in search.certified-toolbar.com When computer users clicks on the sponsored results which are returned while using the mentioned search bar a person or a company receives revenue. Notice that your homepage and default search engine setting are changed to certified toolbars by default, if you would closely check every installation window of this toolbar you could have changed these settings. If you have troubles removing certified toolbar from your PC you can use the provided removal instructions.
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 left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended anti-spyware software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure 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 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: 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 every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or 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 you can reset you 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 a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Certified Toolbar", select it and click on a 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 you can 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.
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 you 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.