Also Known As: Certified Toolbar Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level 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 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 (its homepage) or it may be bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet.

certified toolbar 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 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. virus removal:

certified toolbar uninstall

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.

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Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Remove redirect from Internet Explorer:

certified toolbar 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.

Change homepage:

Removing Certified toolbar search from Internet Explorer homepage

To change your homepage from to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing Certified toolbar search from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

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, 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 redirect from Google Chrome:

certified toolbar 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.

Change homepage:

Removing Certified Toolbar Search from Gogole Chrome homepage

Click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over and click the x symbol. Now add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Removing Certified toolbar search from Google Chrome default search engine settings

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 redirect from Mozilla Firefox:

certified toolbar 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 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.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with redirects to, 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 Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of 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:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

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 Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Virus or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.


#9 Hock-Soon LEE 2013-02-17 14:44
One sneaky way that Certified Toolbar has hijacked a tab in my Google Chrome is to included itself in the Settings >On Startup >Open Specific Page >Set Pages so that each time I start my browser, there is another tab opened with Certified Toolbar page showing. Remove this unwanted addition and it won't bother you anymore.
#8 Tori Dresbaugh 2013-01-23 13:39
your software is nothing more than a virus. I want it off my computer but can't find it to remove it. I can't just reset my homepages because it keeps opening up to certified-toolbar search and I want it GONE.
#7 laura 2012-12-12 17:11
fixed the problem. make sure you are in safe mode with networking and that under folder options that you check to show hidden files. clean unwanted program files. go to internet options or setting make sure you delete extensions that may mention toolbar, search, certified... make sure your home button is the right one. Most importantly, under internet settings, on startup, open a specific page or set of pages, click set pages, you should notice that unwanted or hidden search engine. You must delete and put in another. That should fix the problem. It should do the trick
#6 laura 2012-12-12 17:09
fixed the problem. found that there was toolbars. make sure safe mode with networking, under folder options check to show hidden files. delete files that are not familiar. dont know then look it up. go to internet options or setting delete unwanted extensions. Manage search engines. unwanted and make sure your home button is the right one. Most importantly, under internet settings, on startup, open a specific page or set of pages, click set pages, you should notice that unwanted or hidden search engine. You must delete and put in another. That should fix the problem. It should do the trick. You can also use malwarebytes and superantispywar e. One of those detected files, but most of it was cookies.
#5 bharathisha 2012-11-25 01:27
hi iam not able to view the certified tool bar in add on menu.and it is not there in controll pannel menu to remove it but still it is working
#4 JH 2012-11-24 04:06
I have the toolbar, and have tried through avg spyware and revo uninstaller to remove this programme, but Brian is right in that it doesn't show up - but is still sitting there persistently in firefox.
#3 Charles Winston 2012-10-14 02:33
Brian is right. this page is not being helpful at all. i tried uninstalling Mozilla and reinstalling and i still have the CT on my main search bar. Can someone please clarify a way to remove it please?
#2 admin 2012-10-08 08:12
Hi Brian, try using Spybot. ( It's a free program that does quite well in removing unwanted toolbars.
#1 Brian Walker 2012-10-08 07:11
The advice you give for removing CT is useless, because the program or its extensions don't show up so cannot be deleted.
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