Do you know what Certified Toolbar is?
Certified Toolbar is one browser plugin that you do not want running within your Internet Explorer. The application can be employed by cyber criminals and start working as a browser hijacker, capable of web page redirection and online activity logging. So, it does not matter whether the application was infiltrated into your computer with a bundled download or you acquired it from certified-toolbar.com, because all you need to do is remove Certified Toolbar. Moreover, you need to delete the infection without postponing the task for much longer, and here is why this is so important.
Certified Toolbar is a browser add-on that can add shortcuts to social networking sites, change your browser settings and appearance, introduce a new home page (search.certified-toolbar.com) and collect your browsing history. This is something schemers need to learn to figure out what you like and what sort of services presented within online advertisements would interest you. Needless to say, this is how cyber criminals can trick you into downloading malware or wasting your money on falsely promoted software or other items. Unfortunately, whether you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or other Internet browsers – the possible outcome is the same, and you will only prevent the worst if you delete Certified Toolbar right now.
How to remove Certified Toolbar manually?
If you run Windows 8:
- Move the cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. Wait for the minimized version of the metro to show up and right-click.
- Select Control Panel from the menu.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Right-click on the Certified Toolbar and select Uninstall. You can also double-click on the item and select Yes when the removal confirmation alert shows up. Alternatively, click on the toolbar, navigate to the top of the list of all programs and select Uninstall there.
If you run Windows Vista or Windows 7:
- Click on the Start menu icon on your Task Bar.
- Select Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program.
- Now click on the program you wish to remove and select Uninstall.
If you run Windows XP:
- Open the Start menu from the left of the Task Bar and go to Control Panel.
- Double-click on Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on Change or Remove Programs from the menu on the left.
- Now click on the program you do not want running on your Windows system and hit the Remove button next to it.
- Confirm your selection and restart the computer.
- Click on Tools and go to Manage Add-ons. If you run IE9, simultaneously tap Alt+X in order to launch the menu and select Tools and then Manage Add-ons.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions.
- Click on Certified Toolbar and hit Disable.
- Now select Search Providers from the menu on the left.
- Click on the search engine you wish to use and set it as default.
- Click on Web Search and hit the Remove button at the bottom of the window.
- Go back to the Tools menu and click on Internet Options.
- Under the General tab go to Home page and type in your preferred home page.
- Click Apply and OK.
- To reach Add-ons Manager on your browser, tap Ctrl+Shift+A at the same time.
- Go to Extensions which you can choose from the menu on the left.
- Now select the add-on you want deleted and click on the Remove button.
- Click on the icon next to the search box at the top of the window and select Manage Search Engine.
- Click on Web Search and select Remove.
- Go to Tools and Select Options.
- Click on the General tab and change your home page under the Home Page.
- Launch your Google Chrome browser and tap Alt+F to open a menu.
- Move to Tools and click on Extensions. You will be presented with all existing add-ons.
- You need to click on the trash icon next to the item you want to delete and hit Remove.
- Click on the trash icon on the right of the Certified Toolbar. Select Remove.
- Now select Settings from the menu on the left.
- Navigate to Search and select your preferred search engine from the drop down menu. Make sure it is not Web Search.
- Now click on Manage search engines.
- Move the cursor over the Web Search and select “x” on the right.
- Go back to Settings and under On Startup select Set pages.
- Move to Certified-Toolbar Search and select “x”.
- Add a new page and then select OK.
In non-techie terms:
Certified Toolbar is an application that has been linked to highly illegal cyber criminal activity. You should only trust automatic removal tools to delete Certified Toolbar, because only legitimately installed security software will be able to protect your computer against malware, scan it for other currently existing infections and reliably remove any malignant components.