One of the most asked questions I get, is “how did I get all these toolbars in my browser?”
You have all probably seen it. You open up Internet Explorer or Firefox, sometimes even Chrome, and you see a bunch of toolbars at the top of the screen.
They take up space, and they are usually some sort of tracking toolbar or carry malicious code. Most of these toolbars are designed to redirect you to webistes for an illegal profit. Some are also designed to gather sensitive information from your computer.
Where do they come from?
How did they get on your computer? Almost always they get there because you put them there. You did not know you did, but in reality, you did.
Any time you install any sort of software, or update on your system, you need to be super careful and read all the screens presented to you during the install wizard. I guarantee you that there will be at least one screen that will tell you additional software will be installed, unless you uncheck the box. You ALWAYS have the option of unchecking that box and keeping that software off of your system.
How do I get rid of them?
You can begin by going into the Control Panel of your computer, and then Add/Romove Programs for Windows XP, or Programs for versions above. Look for any toolbars and uninstall them.
Additionally, you need to go into your browser add-in section and remove or disable all of the toolbar add-ins. You should then clean out your registry with Ccleaner and reboot your system.
I would also suggest a full system scan with MalwareBytes.
Of course, we are always available if you have any questions at all.