Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection

Search Toolbar

Search Toolbar is a generic term for a browser hijacker related to a list of adware and malware. This unwanted application can get into your system bundled together with freeware that you downloaded at third party websites. Once Search Toolbar gets installed, it drops a list of its files into the system, namely SearchToolbar.dll, tbcore3.dll, tbhelper.dll and others. Although usually such browser plugins as toolbars can only be installed with user's permission, this hijacker in particular is associated with a list of malicious files, so it can easily change your default browser settings and hijack your homepage. That is why it is important to remove Search Toolbar from your computer as soon as possible, otherwise it would be only a matter of time until even more dangerous malware enters your PC.

Judging from the fact that Search Toolbar is associated with such files as tbcore3.dll it is possible to infer that the application can allow other malware to enter your PC behind your back. The thing is tbcore3.dll is often classified as virus and worm. It creates a toolbar extension on Internet Explorer (which is exactly what Search Toolbar is). Then the same file can easily enable other malicious DLLs to be injected into your system. It usually registers as a browser helper object on your Internet browser in order to avoid any suspicion. It then makes Internet Explorer open automatically and there is a possibility that the browser could as well be forced to execute other file types. What is more, since tbcore3.dll is connected to all running processes it can take control and collect keystrokes, mouse activity and even what you type on your screen.

Judged by other files associated with Search Toolbar, the hijacker may be injected into the system by Adware.HBHelper and any Zugo product, such as StartNow Toolbar, for example. The main point is that Search Toolbar seriously jeopardizes your system security. You may loose your personal data and experience a full system crash in the long run, so you simply must remove Search Toolbar right now.

Remove Search Toolbar from your PC

Instructions for Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Click Settings on Charms bar and open Control Panel.
  3. Select Uninstall a program and remove any unfamiliar application you see.

Instructions for Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program and remove any unfamiliar applications.

Instructions for Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs and uninstall any unfamiliar application.

Remove Search Toolbar from browser

Instructions for Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and select Manage add-ons.
  2. Remove undesirable add-ons from Toolbars and Extensions. Click Search providers on the left.
  3. Select a new default search engine and remove a search engine related to Search Toolbar.
  4. Press Alt+X again and select Internet options.
  5. Change your home page address at home page section under General tab.
  6. Click OK and restart the browser.

Instructions for Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. Remove unfamiliar add-ons from Extensions. Close the tab.
  3. Click the search engine icon on Firefox search box (top right corner).
  4. Select Manage search engines and remove undesirable search engine. Click OK.
  5. Press Firefox button and go to Options.
  6. Enter a new home page address in home page section under General tab.
  7. Click OK and restart Firefox.

Instructions for Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Tools.
  2. Select Extensions and remove any unfamiliar add-ons. Click Settings on the left.
  3. Select Open a page or set of pages and click Set pages under On Start-up.
  4. Change your home page address and click OK.
  5. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  6. Change your default search engine and click Done.

However, manual removal is not enough to terminate Search Toolbar for good. Perform a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner to check which malicious files still remain in your system. Then acquire a powerful antimalware tool to remove Search Toolbar automatically for good. Do invest in your system security so that no other threats would enter it again.

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How to manually remove Search Toolbar

Files associated with Search Toolbar infection:

[system root]system32searchtoolbar.dll
[system root]systemsearchtoolbar.dll

Search Toolbar DLL's to remove:

[system root]system32searchtoolbar.dll
[system root]systemsearchtoolbar.dll

Remove Search Toolbar registry entries:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTclsid{515ab81c-69e7-468a-ab02-ebca65712b8c} HKEY_USERS.defaultsoftwaresearch toolbar

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