Also Known As: Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to

What is Toolbar is a browser add-on, which states that Internet users will rediscover the web by its use. In fact, this browser extension adds various shortcuts to users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox).  The shortcuts are associated with social networks and online applications (such as tools for taking screen snapshots or listening to online radio). While many users might find such add-ons useful, there is a downside to the use of this toolbar: when installed on your computer, it changes your Internet browser homepage and default search engine to, a strategy used to monetize incoming web traffic.

The displayed search bar returns legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results are managed by third parties. Clicking on these results can result in users installing unwanted software or malware on their computers. Furthermore, whilst using, your Internet browsing is monitored via cookies and the collected information can be sold to marketing companies and other third parties. redirect ( Toolbar) toolbar has some legitimate and useful features, but the deceptive search engine, tracking of Internet browsing, and collection of private information for potentially dubious purposes, makes this toolbar an unwanted web application. The toolbar (which causes unwanted redirects to the website), is often installed on users' computers without their consent and comes bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. Many popular download websites use so-called installers (download clients), which offer additional software installation on users' computers. Commonly, these download clients use deceptive strategies to coerce users into installing adware. To avoid inadvertent installation of the toolbar or other adware, always choose the 'Custom Installation' option when installing freeware. Ensure that you opt-out of installation of any additional software and disallow any changes to the homepage or default search engine settings. toolbar is adware and should be removed from your computer. To eliminate unwanted redirects to (, use the removal instructions provided.

Quick menu: Redirect (Toolbar) 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".

Windows XP users:


Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program". toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

Note that redirects to are also caused by a browser toolbar called Internet Turbo Smartbar (Resoft Ltd.) - if you cannot find entry in "Add/Remove Programs", try looking for Internet Turbo Smartbar ("Internet Turbo" and "Internet Turbo Engine") and uninstall it.

After uninstalling scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remover for Redirect

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove Redirect (Toolbar) from Internet Explorer: toolbar internet explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for ReSoft LTD. related entries (Snap.Do and Snap.DoEngine) and disable them.

To change your homepage from to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to hxxp://, 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.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove Redirect (Toolbar) from Google Chrome: startup page in Google Chrome

To change your homepage in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "On Startup section" click on "Set pages" (open a specific page or set of pages), remove and enter your preferred domain. default search engine in Google Chrome

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web" ( and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Redirect (Toolbar) from Mozilla FireFox: toolbar mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Snap.Do".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to hxxp://, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "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 Redirect distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Redirect 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 Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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


#4 jax 2013-06-08 19:10
Thanks for the advice. I use Chrome and totally got rid of it. I'd tried changing the search engines previously in Chrome Settings, but didn't think to uninstall it from programs. All good now - I hate If they want to encourage people to use their engine, this is not the way to do it. VERY BAD. I'm usually very careful when downloading, but this one got totally past me
#3 Tony 2013-01-14 12:23 doesn't show up under programs and features and under manage add ons i can't delete them only disable i don't know how to get rid off it
#2 admin 2012-10-17 07:43
Hi Vicki, try running a scan with Spybot. This software is free and is known to deal with unwanted toolbars. You can download it at
#1 Vicki Sprowles 2012-10-17 07:28
I have already done the steps above in IE9 & Firefox however remains on IE9 as a disabled add on and I have reason to believe it is still sending information via the internet from my PC. How do I eliminate every bit of from my PC? Help please?
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