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Type: Browser Plugins

Vacation Xplorer Toolbar

Vacation Xplorer Toolbar is a browser add-on owned by Mindspark. The application is compatible with only two browsers, which are Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It can be downloaded from the official website vacationxplorer.com or, as you may know, it can be bundled with free applications. The name Vacation Explorer Toolbar already suggests what options are provided by the application; nevertheless, we recommend that you remove the toolbar and restore the setting of the browsers if it has changed your startup page and search provider.

As for the features of Vacation Xplorer Toolbar, it contains 6 buttons that open drop-down list providing the user with a lot of various options. The toolbar helps to access airline and cruise websites, book a hotel online, and plan a trip. It is also possible to access Mindspark’s web page on Security Concerns, where the user is informed that no personal information is collected by the toolbar.

On Internet Explorer, you will find three components of the toolbar. They are labeled as VacationXplorer, Search Assistant BHO, and Toolbar BHO. On Mozilla Firefox, an extension and a browser plug-in are installed. In the case of the latter, the plug-in is presented as Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub 1.0.1.1.

The main reason why we recommend that you remove Vacation Xplorer Toolbar is that it changes the settings of the browser if you do not uncheck particular options when running the installer. The home page is changed to home.tb.ask.com, while the search provider is changed to Ask Web Search.

The startup page features 13 links to popular websites, including Yahoo, Twitter, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Ebay, and some others. However, the search engine generates advertisements or rather links to advertising websites. They are displayed above the webs search results, and very often they may be non-related to you search queries, even though their headlines seems to be related to them. The web pages which are presented as advertisements may use cookies and other tracking devices.

If you have installed Vacation Xplorer Toolbar accidentally, remove it right now. Below you will find our removal guide which will help you uninstall the unwanted application alter the settings of the browsers. Note that it is also essential that you scan the PC form malware. It is necessary to do so in order to ascertain what unwanted processes are running with the system. What is more, it is important to secure the PC against various computer threats.

How to remove Vacation Xplorer Toolbar

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Remove VacationXplorer Firefox Toolbar and VacationXplorer Internet Explorer (published by Mindspark Interactive Network).

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Remove VacationXplorer.

Windows 8

  1. Hover the mouse over the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. Right-click.
  3. Select Control Panel.
  4. Click Uninstall a program.
  5. Remove VacationXplorer.

Remove ask.com from Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T.
  2. Click Internet Options.
  3. Change the home page on the General tab and click Apply.
  4. In the Search section, click Settings.
  5. Set a new search provider and remove the unwanted one.
  6. Restart the browser to see the changes.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the drop-down menu next to the search box at the top of the browser.
  2. Click Manage Search Engines.
  3. Remove the unwanted one and set a new one.
  4. To change the home page, press Alt+T.
  5. Click Options.
  6. On the General tab, delete home.tb.ask.com and type a new URL.
  7. Press OK.

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How to manually remove Vacation Xplorer Toolbar

Files associated with Vacation Xplorer Toolbar infection:

VacationXplorer.exe

Vacation Xplorer Toolbar processes to kill:

VacationXplorer.exe
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