Smiley Bar for Facebook

Also Known As: Smiley Bar Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Smiley Bar for Facebook - how to remove?

What is Smiley Bar for Facebook?

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

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.

Quick menu:

Smiley Bar for Facebook removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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".

Smiley Bar for FaceBook uninstall

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

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

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Remove Smiley Bar for Facebook from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove Smiley Bar for Facebook from Internet Explorer:

Smiley Bar for Facebook 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 Status Winks related entries (Smiley Bar for Facebook) and disable this entry.

Optional method:

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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Smiley Bar for Facebook from Google Chrome:

Smiley Bar for FaceBook Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Smiley Bar for Facebook", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Smiley Bar for Facebook add-on, 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". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Smiley Bar for Facebook from Mozilla FireFox:

Smiley Bar for FaceBook 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 this add-on: "Smiley Bar for Facebook".

Optional method:

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 right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

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:

Free software download clients used in adware 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:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

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:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
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