Do you know what CoolPopularGames Toolbar is?
Our researchers have categorized CoolPopularGames Toolbar as a bad toolbar, which means that this browser extension is malicious. It goes without saying that you should remove this infection as soon as possible. This toolbar is not a severe threat that will undoubtedly wreak havoc on your computer, but it has one particular feature that makes it unreliable, and apart from that, the supposed functions performed by this toolbar are laughable. We think that users do not need useless applications, such as CoolPopularGames Toolbar, so we have comprised a manual removal guide, which can be found at the bottom of this article.
CoolPopularGames Toolbar has been created by our arch nemesis, called Mindspark. This software developer has been causing trouble for quite a few years now. It poses a legitimate software developer, but the results speak for themselves, which we will shortly discuss. Nevertheless, apart from developing malicious browser toolbars, the company also produces desktop utilities, namely the SlimWare software series that actually work rather well. However, that does not compensate for the development of adware-type applications. The full product list of Mindspark can be found on Mindspark.com/our-products. And if you are wondering, the website itself in not malicious – it does not pose any threat.CoolPopularGames Toolbar screenshot
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Mindspark always makes sure to set up a promotional website for their toolbars. This particular case is no exception. Coolpopulargames.com is the name of the website from which CoolPopularGames Toolbar can be downloaded. But, in addition to that, the toolbar is also bundled with malicious software and distributed on websites that feature pirated software downloads. If this is how you got CoolPopularGames Toolbar, then we recommend scanning your computer with an antimalware scanner.
In a nutshell, the toolbar features only one link to a website called Gamingwonderland.com, which is also owned by Mindspark. Of course the toolbar has many links but they just redirect to other subpages. There is nothing special about this toolbar. However, you should be ware that once you install Gamingwonderland.com you might also agree that it would change your default homepage and search provider to Home.tb.ask.com. It is based on the Ask.com engine but it is not the same thing. Home.tb.ask.com is owned by Mindspark as is likely to show customized search results based on the information it had collected about you. It might show sponsored links to third-party websites which should not be trusted. So using the search engine is not good for your computer’s security.
We have presented all available information about CoolPopularGames Toolbar. We think that it is clear that this toolbar is not something anyone would want to have. So if you have decided to remove this toolbar, feel free to sue our manual removal guide located at the end of the article. Remember that cyber security should not be taken for granted. Seemingly irrelevant applications such as this one might cause huge problems if left unchecked for an extended period of time.
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Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+X.
- Select Manage Add-ons.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions.
- Click Remove CoolPopularGames Toolbar, and click Close.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
- Choose Extensions.
- Click Remove CoolPopularGames Toolbar.
In non-techie terms:
CoolPopularGames Toolbar is a toolbar that does not really do anything. It features links to one gaming-related website, which could be just bookmarked to save browser space. But its promoted search engine might be unreliable, as it might show sponsored links to third-party websites. So we recommend removing the toolbar manually or with the aid of an anti-malware scanner.