FreeBillPayAlert toolbar removal instructions
What is FreeBillPayAlert toolbar?
The FreeBillPayAlert browser add-on is developed by Mindspark Inc. and compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. This browser extension claims to save Internet users time by allowing them to pay all bills using a single extension. Although such functionality may seem legitimate, users should be aware that this browser plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. The add-on infiltrates Internet browsers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and causes unwanted browser redirects to home.tb.ask.com. Furthermore, this potentially unwanted add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording search queries, browsers types, default language settings, IP addresses, and other information.
Most freeware download websites employ 'download clients' in order to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs offering installation of advertising browser plug-ins along with the program chosen for download. Internet users who recklessly install downloaded software may inadvertently install potentially unwanted applications such as the FreeBillPayAlert toolbar or other similar adware on their browsers. At time of research, this toolbar was distributed using deceptive banner ads, which appeared on various free software download websites.
The FreeBillPayAlert toolbar is similar to other adware, which infiltrates computers through freeware downloads. Examples include ZenSearch.com, MySearchDial, or Awesomehp. In most cases, these browser plugins add no real value for the Internet user. In fact, they diminish Internet browser performance and may lead to serious privacy issues or malware infections. The Mindspark company has developed over a hundred such potentially unwanted applications - here is a general removal guide, explaining how to eliminate them. In order to avoid installation of such adware, users should express caution when downloading and installing freeware. Follow each wizard installation step, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options (rather than 'Quick' or Typical'), and opt-out of installation of additional plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. Users who have already installed the FreeBillPayAlert toolbar, should follow this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is FreeBillPayAlert toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FreeBillPayAlert Internet Explorer Toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove FreeBillPayAlert redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove FreeBillPayAlert browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove FreeBillPayAlert homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove FreeBillPayAlert redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
FreeBillPayAlert toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for "FreeBillPayAlert Internet Explorer Toolbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes browser redirects to the home.tb.ask.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
FreeBillPayAlert toolbar removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "FreeBillPayAlert", "Toolbar BHO", and "Search Assistant BHO", select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.tb.ask.com and enter your preferred URL, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter "about: blank" to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "Ask Web Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the freebillpayalert 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.
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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "FreeBillPayAlert".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Options", in the opened window remove home.tb.ask.com and enter your preferred URL, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "home.tb.ask.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with freebillpayalert virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the freebillpayalert virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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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