Fast Address Bar
Also Known As: Fastaddressbar.com Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Fast Address Bar - how to remove this browser add-on?
What is Fast Adress Bar?
The Fast Address Bar browser add-on claims to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by adding search engine functionality to the address bar. Once installed, this browser plug-in suggests additional websites when addresses are typed into the address bar. Note, however, that whenever you click on suggested sites, you are redirected to search.fastaddressbar.com Moreover, some of the suggested sites are promoted by the developers of Fast Address Bar.
This browser plug-in can be downloaded from its homepage or is bundled with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Some computer users complain that this browser add-on was installed on their computer without their consent - this situation can occur if computer users install free software without paying close attention to each installation step. To avoid installation of unwanted toolbars such as this, Internet users should always check each installation window of free software, disallowing options to install unwanted browser extensions and toolbars, and opting out of options suggesting changes to browser settings (homepage and default search engine). Fast Address Bar is not technically related to viruses or malware - it is a browser extension commonly installed on users' computer via freeware bundling.
Computer users should express caution when installing Internet browser add-ons - most track Internet browsing habits, display unwanted ads, and cause redirect problems. Free software developers often bundle their software with browser add-on for monetization purposes. If you have willingly installed Fast Address Bar, and you are aware of its presence and functions on your system, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that this browser extension was installed without your consent, we recommend that you eliminate it from your computer. Use the removal guide provided to eliminate Fast Address Bar from your Internet browsers.
- What is Fast Address Bar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Fast Address Bar for IE application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Fast Address Bar add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Fast Address Bar extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Fast Address Bar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Fast Address Bar for IE", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Fast Address Bar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Fast Address Bar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Fast Address Bar from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Fast Address Bar" and disable this entry.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Fast Address Bar, 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 the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Fast Address Bar from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Fast Address Bar".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Fast Address Bar, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" 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 Fast Address Bar distribution:
To avoid installation of Fast Address Bar 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 Fast Address Bar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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