MyBrowserBar Toolbar

Also Known As: MyBrowserBar Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Low

MyBrowserBar toolbar - how to eliminate this browser add-on?

What is MyBrowserBar toolbar?

The MyBrowserBar toolbar (an Internet browser extension) is promoted using popular free software. This toolbar is legitimate and not related to malware or spyware infections, however, computer users commonly install this toolbar inadvertently and without their consent. This situation occurs when computer users do not pay close attention during installation of free software downloaded from the Internet. This method of bundling free browser add-ons and toolbars is common and used by developers for monetization purposes. The following are some popular free software packages that bundle the MyBrowserBar Toolbar with their programs: YTD Video Downloaders (allows users to download videos from YouTube), Pdfforge (software used to create PDF documents), dealio (coupon savings-related add-on), IObit (security and registry cleaner software), Vuze (bittorrent client), etc.

mybrowserbar toolbar

If you have not willingly installed the MyBrowserBar Toolbar, it was probably installed together with one of the aforementioned free software packages. To avoid installing unwanted toolbars or other Internet browser extensions, users should closely inspect each window during free software installation and opt-out of any features suggesting installation of additional software or add-ons. When installed, MyBrowserBar changes the browser default search engine to Yahoo! and adds shortcuts related to the software that it was bundled with.

MyBrowserBar is not associated with malware or virus infections, and commonly, installation of this browser toolbar is a consequence of reckless free software installation. If you have willingly installed toolbars associated with MyBrowserBar and are happy with the services provided, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel this toolbar was installed without your consent, use the instructions provided to eliminate it from your computer.

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Quick menu:

MyBrowserBar toolbar removal:

The MyBrowserBar Toolbar is associated with various free software. To eliminate this toolbar, look for a publisher named "Spigot Inc." Some examples of MyBrowserBar Toolbar related add-ons are as follows: IObit Toolbar, Vuze Remote Toolbar, YTD Toolbar, etc.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

mybrowserbar toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "IObit Toolbar, pdfforge Toolbar, Vuze Remote Toolbar, YTD Toolbar", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

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

MyBrowserBar toolbar removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

mybrowserbar 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 Spigot, Inc. related entries (Vuze Remote Toolbar, IObit Toolbar, pdfforge Toolbar, YTD Toolbar) and disable them.

To change your homepage from an unwanted one 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 the unwanted one and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mybrowserbar virus, 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 wish 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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

mybrowserbar 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 "Vuze Remote Toolbar, IObit Toolbar, pdfforge Toolbar, YTD Toolbar".

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 the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mybrowserbar virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mybrowserbar virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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