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How to Uninstall a Toolbar from Your Browser

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Toolbars can be helpful but they can also be a nuisance. Most browsers like Google and Firefox offer toolbars that users can customize to make surfing easier. However, there are also toolbars that install themselves without your permission and only serve to clutter your desktop. Here are basic tips on how to uninstall a toolbar from your browser.

Using the Windows Add/Remove Programs Utility

The easiest way for Windows users would be to use the Windows Add/Remove Programs option. To do this, you have to:

  • Make sure that all other windows are closed, especially web browsers
  • Click on the start menu and proceed to the ‘Control Panel’
  • Double click on ‘Add/Remove Programs’
  • Search for the name of the toolbar, and right click
  • Click on the ‘Uninstall’ option
  • Restart the computer if prompted

Using Uninstall Toolbar

You can find the ‘Uninstall Toolbar’ option in most reputable toolbars provided by Google or Yahoo since they come with their own uninstallers. The way to do this may differ according to the toolbar itself. For example, you can access the ‘Uninstall’ option in the Ask toolbar by going to the ‘Option’ button on the toolbar. For Google Chrome, go to ‘Help’ and click on ‘Uninstall.’

Removing Rogue toolbars

These are toolbars that you have not chosen to install but installed in your system anyway by riding on another application that you chose to install. Although most of these toolbars are more of a nuisance than anything else, they can take up space in your system, monitor your search habits, and submit the data to publishers of contextual ads. You can manually remove the toolbars and follow this up by running an antimalware scan on your computer to remove any components of the toolbar that were left behind. This will also prevent the rogue toolbars from reinstalling themselves. Use an anti-malware utility to automatically remove programs that are classified as malware or spyware. The best antimalware programs have the ability to classify some toolbars as spyware and automatically remove them and their components from your system.

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