Do you know what NRA Toolbar is?
NRA Toolbar is a potentially unwanted application that is labeled as browser plug-in. It means that it installs an add-on on your browser which is supposed to improve your overall web browsing and searching experience. However, NRA Toolbar appears to be a very old product that is no longer supported by its official website at nraila.org. Hence, if you have NRA Toolbar on your computer, you are strongly recommended to remove it, because as of now, this browser plug-in is known as FreeCause Toolbar that may be related to a variety of system security risks.
The good thing about NRA Toolbar being an old product is that it is only compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers. It does not and cannot be installed on Google Chrome. Also, previously it used to be available at the official home page of the National Rifle Association via nraila.org/toolbar, so that would suggest that the main purpose of the toolbar has had nothing to do with malware infections or anything similar. However, the question remains as to why this toolbar is still available for download at third party websites (such as s31.freecause.com), if it is no longer supported by the main server.
NRA Toolbar screenshot
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Despite the fact that NRA Toolbar has no intention to infect you with malware or expose you to potentially corrupted content, it still demonstrates signs of undesirable behavior. For example, during the installation it automatically sets nraila.freecause.org as your default home page and search.freecause.com as your default search engine. Take note, that the search engine is actually making use of Yahoo! search provider and does not have an original search engine of its own.
Naturally, if you are attentive enough you can opt out of modifying your browser settings, but users often skip various installation steps, which is why some users may mistakenly consider NRA Toolbar a browser hijacker. That is definitely not the case, but it is true that the plug-in can slow down your browser, and actually make your system more vulnerable to various outside threats. After all, what is the use of a plug-in that is no longer officially supported?
You remove NRA Toolbar without any difficulties by uninstalling the program via Control Panel. Take note that while the Internet Explorer plug-in can be removed via Control Panel, the extension that is installed on Mozilla Firefox needs to be terminated manually. Also, to make sure that you deleted all the unwanted files and applications from your PC run a full system scan with a licensed antimalware tool.
Uninstall NRA Toolbar
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
- Click Settings on Charm bar and then select Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove NRA.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove NRA.
- Click Start menu button and navigate to Control Panel.
- Access Add or remove programs and uninstall NRA.
Restore browser settings
- Press Alt+X and click Internet options.
- Under General tab, rewrite your home page address and click OK.
- Press Alt+X again and this time select Manage add-ons.
- Click Search engines on the left pane.
- Set a new default search engine, remove Web Search and click Close.
- Click Search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box.
- Select Manage search engines on drop-down menu.
- Remove Web Search from the list and click OK.
- Press Firefox button and click Options.
- Change your home page address under General tab and click OK.
- Click Firefox button again and go to Add-ons.
- Disable and remove NRA from Extensions and restart browser.
In non-techie terms:
Manual removal should be enough to delete NRA Toolbar from your computer. It is an old browser plug-in that can no longer offer you anything useful. However, if you encounter any problem while trying to remove it, do not hesitate to leave me a comment.