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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Search.ChatZum.com

Search.ChatZum.com is a website that is set as your default search engine and home page when you install ChatZum Toolbar on your computer. ChatZum Toolbar is a browser plugin available at chatzum.com. According to the official promotion, this toolbar is a social web browser application that enhances your Facebook, Twitter and other social networking experiences. ChatZum is not a computer virus and it does not pose any high security risks, yet this browser add-on may be considered to be a potentially unwanted application, so it would be for the best if you remove ChatZum Toolbar from your computer.

The reason why some users think that ChatZum Toolbar is a browser hijacker is because the plugin may be downloaded not at chatzum.com only. ChatZum Search and other additional features may be installed on your browser together with third party freeware that you download from other websites. This way you may overlook the fact that you are installing more than one application. Therefore, you need to be very attentive when you install new freeware on your computer. It should be pointed out that ChatZum Toolbar does not trick the user into installing it. The installation wizard actually prompts the user about the oncoming installation and the user himself needs to check the option boxes, whether he wants his home page changed or not.

However, if you automatically click and check everything, depending on which browser is your default one (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), ChatZum Toolbar, ChatZum Search and search.chatzum.com will appear on it immediately after the installation. Although it seems that the search service provided by Search.ChatZum.com is legitimate, but this application does make your browser exhibit chaotic behavior and you can eventually be exposed to a number of malicious infections, so it is in your best interest to remove ChatZum Toolbar from your system.

How to remove ChatZum

For Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Click Settings on Charms bar and select Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove ChatZum Toolbar.

For Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program and remove ChatZum Toolbar.

For Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs and uninstall ChatZum Toolbar.

How to restore browser settings

For Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Internet Options.
  2. Remove search.chatzum.com from home page section under General tab.
  3. Enter a home page address you prefer and press OK.
  4. Press Alt+X again and select Manage add-ons.
  5. Set a new default search engine, right-click ChatZum Search and remove it.

For Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Firefox button and go to Options.
  2. Delete search.chatzum.com from home page section under General tab.
  3. Enter a new home page address and click OK.
  4. Click search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box (top right corner).
  5. Select Manage search engines, and remove ChatZum Search from the list. Click OK.

For Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Choose Open a page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Delete search.chatzum.com and enter a new home page address. Press OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Chatzum Search from the list. Press Done.

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How to manually remove Search.ChatZum.com

Files associated with Search.ChatZum.com infection:

tbcore3.dll
tbhelper.dll
tbhelper.dll
file_to_run.exe
tbcore3.dll

Search.ChatZum.com DLL's to remove:

tbcore3.dll
tbhelper.dll
tbcore3.dll
tbhelper.dll

Search.ChatZum.com processes to kill:

file_to_run.exe
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