Smiley Bar for Facebook
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Smiley Bar for Facebook - how to remove?
The Smiley Bar for Facebook browser add-on is developed by Status Winks and adds emoticons to users' Facebook Chat. Whilst this browser add-on may appear useful and harmless, it is categorized as spyware, since when installed, it tracks users' Internet surfing habits and the collated information is sold to third parties. Commonly, this browser add-on is installed on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Users should express caution when downloading and installing freeware, since many developers bundle their programs with additional browser plug-ins in order to monetize their free products. Furthermore, unwanted browser extensions may be installed on users' systems via deceptive online ads (in this case, users are tricked into installing these add-ons). Be aware that Smiley Bar for Facebook is sometimes bundled with video codec downloads, video player plug-ins, etc.
Smiley Bar for Facebook does not add any significant value to Internet users' browsing experience, however, it does have the adverse effect of tracking Internet surfing habits. If you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your computer without your consent, use the provided guide removal to eliminate this unwanted browser add-on from your computer.
Smiley Bar for Facebook removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Smiley Bar for Facebook" (Status Winks)", select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Smiley Bar for Facebook" (Status Winks)", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Smiley Bar for Facebook, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Smiley Bar for Facebook from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Smiley Bar for Facebook from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Status Winks related entries (Smiley Bar for Facebook) and disable this entry.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Smiley Bar for Facebook, 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 Smiley Bar for Facebook from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Smiley Bar for Facebook", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
Remove Smiley Bar for Facebook from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Smiley Bar for Facebook".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Smiley Bar for Facebook, 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.
Smiley Bar for Facebook is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Smiley Bar for Facebook distribution:
To avoid installation of Smiley Bar for Facebook be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Smiley Bar for Facebook from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.