Plusnetwork.com Virus - how to eliminate browser redirects to plusnetwork.com and remove messenger plus community toolbar?
Plusnetwork.com is a website which is being promoted through messenger plus community toolbar. Users who installs this toolbar without closely inspecting every installation window will be redirected to this website every time they start their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome). Furthermore after installation of this toolbar every new tab that will be opened in user's Internet browsers will also redirect to plusnetwork.com Messenger plus toolbar is installed on user's PC when a computer users downloads and installs Messenger Plus software (free extension) for Windows Live Messenger or for Skype.
While the extensions by them self are quite useful (they add emotion sounds, skins, emoticons etc.) the bundled toolbar uses deceptive methods to monetize incoming web traffic. Messenger plus community toolbar shows deceptive ads and tries to trick unsuspecting PC users into installing unwanted software. Furthermore plusnetwork.com website is full of shady advertisements which can lead to identity theft. Computer users shouldn't click on them. The banners which states that you have won something most commonly leads to online surveys or to subscription to expensive mobile services. The main purpose of redirecting computer users to plusnetwork.com is monetizing free software (messenger plus). While the fact that developers needs to use some methods to monetize their free software is obvious, the chosen methods are deceptive and developers could have used more legitimate ones.
The search bar that is presented in plusnetwork.com is using a customized Google search service - organic search results are legitimate, however the sponsored results are organized by third parties and clicking on them could lead to installation of unwanted software, browser add-ons or malware. There are no real benefits of using plusnetwork.com for your daily Internet searches, and the mentioned deceptive ads could lead to some serious troubles. Plusnetwork.com and Messenger Plus Community toolbar are using deceptive methods to gain profit from unsuspecting PC users who uses their services, if you care about your computers security and your own privacy you should uninstall this toolbar and stop using plusnetwork.com
Plusnetwork.com redirect 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 "Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar" 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 "Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar" select it and click Remove.
Plusnetwork.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Plusnetwork.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Messenger Plus related entries (Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar. Messenger Plus! Community SmartbarEngine) and disable them. To change your homepage from plusnetwork.com to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove plusnetwork.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Plusnetwork.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar", select it and click on a trash can icon. To change your homepage from plusnetwork.com to you preferred - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the plusnetwork.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove Plusnetwork.com redirect from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove plusnetwork.com and enter your preferred domain.
After removing Messenger Plus! Community Smartbar scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Use recommended anti-spyware software.