To keep their applications free, many developers agree to include promotional toolbar in the installation packages of their software: this leads the most hasty users - those who, when installing software on the PC, never check the ticked boxes and always click on "Next" - to overload their browser with toolbars completely useless, counterproductive for the speed of Internet browsing and, often, dangerous for privacy.
If you too have fallen "victim" to one of these toolbars and now would like to know how to get rid of it, know that you have come to the right place at the right time! With today's guide, in fact, I'll tell you how to delete toolbars from the PC using some software suitable for the purpose. Once this is done, I will also explain how to manually remove the toolbars present in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and other well-known browsers for online browsing.
Courage: take five minutes of free time, read the instructions below and try to put them into practice. I assure you that, regardless of the operating system and browser you use, you will be able to get rid of the toolbars in no time. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
How to Get Rid of Unwanted Toolbars
As mentioned at the beginning of the post, the first solutions that I recommend you use are programs that allow you to delete toolbars from all browsers instantly: it's antimalware software that analyze the system (or just web browsing programs), detect potentially harmful or unwanted components on the PC and delete them. Here are some of the best.
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner (Windows)
The quickest and "painless" way to remove promotional toolbars from Windows is to use AdwCleaner on Malwarebytes: a small free program that quickly scans your system and removes all additional toolbars installed in your browser in one go (plus other types of malware, such as those that change your browser's home page and search engine).
To download the program on your PC, connect to the Malwarebytes website and click on the button Free download, in the center. When the download is complete, start the file .exe just downloaded and click the button Yes, to access the main screen of the program (which does not require installation to function).
Clicca, quindi, sul pulsating Scan now, to start a quick system scan and, within a few seconds, you will be shown a list of all toolbars and adware found. To eliminate the detected threats, answer the onscreen warning affirmatively and agree to reboot the system.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Windows/macOS)
If AdwCleaner failed to remove all the toolbars in your browser, try installing Malwarebytes Anti-malware. If you have never heard of it, it is another Malwarebytes antimalware, more complete and advanced, capable of eliminating all the main types of malicious software from the system: trojans, rootkits, worms, dialers, etc.
It is available for both Windows that for MacOS (where, however, the risk of running into promotional toolbars is much lower) and is distributed in two versions: one free and one paid (with prices starting from 39,99 euros / year). The main difference between the two is that the paid version has a module for the protection of the system in real time: a function that, personally, I consider superfluous, especially in view of the simple removal of the toolbars (but which is still available as a free trial. for 14 days).
That said, let's take action. To download the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-malware on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and first click on the button Free download e poi quello Download now (if necessary). Once the download is complete, if you use a PC Windows, april il file .exe obtained and complete the setup by clicking on the buttons in sequence Yes, OK, Computer for personal use, Continue, Accept and install e end.
I invented a Poppy, april il file .pkg obtained and click in sequence on the buttons Continue (three consecutive times), Accept, yet Continue e Install. Therefore, type the administration password of the Mac, come on Submit I awarded her Close e Move, to finish the installation.
At this point, to start a computer scan and remove the toolbars in the browser, start Malwarebytes Anti-malware, decline activation of real-time protection for 14 days and click on the button Scan (o Scan now, your Mac).
If potential threats are found, select them, confirm their quarantine and, if necessary, agree to restart the system, so that the changes take effect.
Not even Malwarebytes Anti-malware managed to eliminate the toolbars that "haunt" your browser? In this case, I advise you to roll up your sleeves, look for "suspicious" items in the list of programs installed on your PC and take care of them "manual" removal: that's how.
A PC equipped with Windows 10click on your button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and press onicona dell'ingranaggio present in the menu that opens (on the left), in order to access the system settings.
In the window that is proposed to you, then click on the icon App, select the toolbar to uninstall (eg. Google toolbar) from the list of programs installed on the PC, presses the button Uninstall twice consecutively and follow the instructions on the screen to proceed with the removal of the software (generally, just click on Next / Next).
If you don't know some of the names that you find in the list of programs installed on your PC, try a Google search, in order to be sure of their identity and find out if you should uninstall them or not.
If you use a Windows version prior to 10 (or you use Windows 10 and prefer to follow the old program uninstall procedure), you can remove the toolbars from your PC via the classic control panel: to access it, click on the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), search for terms "control panel" in the menu that opens and select the first occurrence found.
In the window that opens, then go to Uninstall a program, select the toolbar to uninstall (eg. Google toolbar) from the list of programs installed on the PC, press the button Uninstall (above) and follow the instructions on the screen to proceed with the removal of the software (usually, just click on Next / Next).
If, during the software removal process, something goes wrong, try following the directions in my tutorial on how to permanently uninstall a program.
I use a Poppy? In that case, as mentioned above, you should be pretty safe from the toolbar risk. In any case, should an additional toolbar appear in your web browser, I invite you to follow the instructions in the next chapter of this guide, in which I will explain how to remove unwanted add-ons from browsers (including toolbars ) by acting "manually" in their settings.
How to Remove Toolbar from Browsers
In case the solutions mentioned above did not help to remove the toolbars present in the browsers installed on your PC, you have to act "manually" in the latter. You must therefore access the list of add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer e Safari and delete the extensions related to the toolbars: below you will find explained how to proceed (for browsers compatible with multiple operating systems, the steps to be taken are the same on all platforms).
How to Delete Toolbar from Google Chrome
It was used Google Chrome, you can check the list of extensions in the browser by starting the browser, pressing the ⋮ button located at the top right and selecting the items Other tools> Extensions give the menu check if you press.
In the tab that appears, look for theextension for the toolbar to uninstall, click on the relevant button Remove e dai confirms.
If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how to delete extensions from Chrome, consult my guide dedicated to the topic.
How to Remove Toolbar from Firefox
Even in Firefox you must follow the standard procedure for removing add-ons. You must then start the browser, click on the ☰ button located at the top right and select the item Additional components give the menu to compare.
In the tab that opens, you must then select the item Extensions from the left sidebar, click on the button ... placed at the toolbar to be deleted, select the option Remove from the menu that is proposed to you and confirm.
More details on the whole procedure can be found in my guide on how to delete extensions from Firefox.
How to Delete Toolbar from Edge
It's rare to find promotional toolbars designed for Edge, the latest browser from Microsoft. In any case, now I'll explain how to consult the list of extensions installed in this browser and how to remove the unwanted ones.
For starters, start Edgeclick on your button ... collocato in alto a destra and seleziona la voce Extensions from the menu that opens. Next, locate the add-on to delete, select it and press the button Uninstall.
How to Remove Toolbar from Internet Explorer
If you want to delete the toolbars from Internet Explorer, start the browser, click onicona dell'ingranaggio collocata in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Manage componenti aggiuntivi give the menu to compare.
In the window that opens, locate the toolbar to remove, select its name and click on the button Disable, to deactivate it. To permanently delete the extension, however, you have to act through the Windows control panel, as I explained to you in the previous chapter of this tutorial.
If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how to remove toolbar from Internet Explorer, consult the guide I dedicated to the topic.
How to Remove Toolbar from Safari
As explained extensively throughout this tutorial, i Poppy they are less prone to toolbar risk than Windows PCs. In any case, if you use an Apple-branded computer and you have stumbled upon a toolbar that has annoyingly settled in Safari, here's how you can fix it.
First, launch the browser by selecting its icon in the Dock bar or in Launchpad, then go to the menu Safari> Preferences (top left) and, in the window that opens, select the tab Extensions.
At this point, click on the name of theextension to be deleted, then on the button Remove and confirm, in order to delete the selected component.
If you are asked to uninstall an application to complete the uninstallation of the add-on, do so by following the instructions in my tutorial on how to uninstall programs on a Mac.
How to Remove Toolbar from Mobile
Also smartphone e tablet they can be affected by advertising toolbars, if they are equipped with the operating system Android. On the iPhone and iPad, however, this risk is practically absent thanks to the restrictions imposed on the apps by the iOS operating system, which animates the mobile devices of the "bitten apple".
That said, if you have a terminal Android and you have seen unwanted toolbars appear on the home screen, probably it is widget: to get rid of it, you must therefore perform a prolonged tap on them and then drag them onto the (X) or onicon of the Cestino that appears on the screen. If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how to delete widgets on Android, consult the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.
Alternatively, if the widget belongs to an application you don't need, you can completely uninstall it. To do this, go to the menu Impostazioni> App of your device, select theapp to uninstall and press the button Uninstall. Alternatively, you can do a prolonged tap app icon and drag it to Trash can appears on the screen or select the item Uninstall from the menu that opens: more information on the whole procedure is contained in my tutorial on how to uninstall apps from Android.
In conclusion, I recommend that you do one anti-malware scan on Android, to make sure that no malicious apps have been installed on your device. Find a list of the best antivirus for Android in my tutorial dedicated to the topic.