If you want to remove unwanted search or a toolbar from your Firefox, then you have to use some removal tool or remove components manually. The last is more complex than removing other programs because toolbar components are installed in various locations, and the redirect is often protected against changes by special programs or tricks.
Automated and Supported Removal
Automated removal helps to avoid errors that can compromise integrity of your computer system. Offered security software removes all malicious programs that it can find on your computer, and this helps to remove bundled, malicious, and potentially unwanted programs used for advertising.
SpyHunter is one of the best products for malware removal and system protection. A free scanner is very helpful for manual removal, and licensed version let you use all the power of anti-malware protection that it can deliver and free professional support that handles your computer system on a personal basis until any stubborn malware infection is removed.
Manual Removal of Unwanted Search or a Toolbar
Manual removal is not difficult if you know what things should be done. The following guide will help you to remove all typical toolbars and fix web browsers for replacing unwanted homepages and search engines with ones that you want to use. However, it cannot find malicious programs. Use SpyHunter’s free scanner for malware detection instead of figuring out what programs you need to remove. As long as you know the name, you can use this guide and remove components associated with malware name that is easier than removing individual files and registry keys detected by the software manually.
Step 1. Manually Uninstall Search or Toolbar Application
Uninstall Unwanted Toolbar or Search Application (Windows 7, Vista)
Step 2. Remove Unwanted Add-on from Mozilla Firefox
Remove Add-on from Mozilla Firefox
Look for suspicious add-ons that you didn’t install by yourself. Firefox don’t need add-ons to run. Add-on is a third-party component developed for extending your web browser. Any unknown extension might belong to adware, and you can safely remove it.
Important: Remove adware extensions from other web browsers installed on your computer. If adware will stay there, then it might appear in your Firefox again when adware or an infected web browser is updated.
Internet Explorer is installed on Windows computers as a default web browser, and you need to remove hijacker from Internet Explorer even if you use only Mozilla Firefox. If you have Google Chrome installed, then you also need to remove hijacker from Chrome to prevent adware extensions from appearing in your web browser again after update.
Step 3. Remove Unwanted Search Engine out of Mozilla Firefox
Replace Search Engine for Mozilla Firefox
1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and type “about:config” in the address bar. In a warning box click on “I’ll be careful, I promise” button.
Step 4. Remove Unwanted Homepage out of Mozilla Firefox
Replace Homepage for Mozilla Firefox
2. Find “Options” (gear) icon, drag it to the menu box (it is not there by default), and click on “Exit customize“
4. In “General” tab find “Startup” section and replace “unwanted URL” in the input box with a preferred web address, or click on “Restore to Default” button
Step 5. Fix Links Infected with Unwanted Redirect
Some browser hijackers infect links to web browsers placed on your desktop, Quick Start Menu, and standard Windows menu. This trick makes it difficult to remove the redirect. For fixing this problem you need to remove trailing attachments placed after links to your browser’s executable file. Otherwise, web browser is started with an attribute that redirects it to unwanted search engine.
- Find short-cut links with browser icons.
- Right-click on the link to open pop-up menu.
- Go to the very bottom and click on “Properties” menu option.
- In the dialogue box click “Target” field and remove any characters placed after [browser_name].exe in the URL.
- These malicious tails are the redirects to unwanted search that will start along with your web browser.
- Click “OK” button and move on to other desktop links related to your web browsers.
Repeat this procedure for links to all of your web browsers placed in Windows menu and in Quick Access Menu located on the left side at the desktop bottom.
Step 6. Reset your Web Browser if You Still Have Problems (optional)
Reset Mozilla Firefox
You also can use Windows cleaning utility or CCleaner for removing temporary internet files and cookies.
Step 7. Detect and Remove other Malicious Programs
Cyber criminals can also use bundling for spreading spyware that helps to steal your money or your identity. Be aware of such threat and protect you computer and vital information by removing all dangerous programs.
Use free scanner for malware detection. This security software provides you with detailed information helpful for manual malware removal and offers many various options for system protection.