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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • Slow Computer

Freecause Toolbar

Freecause Toolbar is a browser extension from Conduit Ltd, well known among researchers as a platform that releases countless plug-ins, all of which are not recommended to have in your computer. Examples of such add-ons are Eazel Toolbar, XportSoft Toolbar, VisualBee Toolbar and numerous others. This add-on is of no exception and you should remove Freecause Toolbar, as it is a probable gateway for many problems.The primary website of download for this extension is freecause.ourtoolbar.com. If you have visited this site, you know there are both Norton and McAffee security badges presented. The trick is that while it is absolutely true that the website itself is safe, the program has not been scanned and neither have been the third party links it presents. Plus, it is pretty much impossible to “scan” for their Privacy Policy shortcomings:

<…> These Cookies collect and store information about your search activity when you use our web search services. This information may be shared with third party applications <…>.

The information collected and stored by these Cookies may include Personally Identifiable Information <…>.

In the event Conduit goes through a business transition <…> your information may be among the assets transferred. <…>

Some of these tools may give these third parties the ability to access, collect store and/or share your information <…>.

It is entirely possible that you have installed the extension yourself and are now just looking how to delete Freecause Toolbar, however, that is not its only way into computers. Add-ons from Conduit very often travel as drive-by downloads, and this one is no exception. In any case, this toolbar is probably not the only unwanted program in your computer. If you did install the extension from the aforementioned website, you probably also have PasswordBox and TuneUp Utilities 2013 in your computer, too. In this instance, you are not tricked during installation for your default home page and search to be changed to Conduit Search. If you were, you will find instructions on how to get rid of that below this article.

If you need solid reasons to delete Freecause Toolbar, there are several. First, it significantly slows down your browser and does not really add any functionality at all. Plus, as you have already seen from reading the excerpts from their Privacy Policy, they do not guarantee that the data they collect on you remains safe and unidentifiable. Also, the extension contains various third-party links which is an almost sure-fire way to eventually catch a computer infection.

Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get rid of Freecause Toolbar. Depending on whether you installed it yourself or not and how much attention you paid during the installation process the length of removal will vary. At the most, you need to uninstall a few programs, delete some extensions and change browsers’ settings. The instructions on all that are below. After you successfully eliminate all parts of the toolbar, make sure to scan your computer to check for any infections.

Freecause Toolbar Removal Guide: from your operating system

Windows 8:

  1. Open Metro UI screen.
  2. Right-click any program.
  3. On the bottom of the screen, click Uninstall.
  4. Programs and Features will open.
  5. Select and Uninstall unwanted programs.

Windows Vista/7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Click on and Uninstall unauthorized programs.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Choose and Uninstall the unknown programs.

From your browser:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Press Alt+T.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons.
  3. Open up Toolbars and Extensions tab.
  4. Disable and Remove unwanted extensions.
  5. Choose Search Providers tab.
  6. Delete unauthorized search engine.
  7. Press Alt+T.
  8. Go to Internet Options.
  9. Under Home page, click Use default button.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Go to Extensions tab.
  3. Disable and Remove unauthorized extensions.
  4. Press Alt+T.
  5. Click Options.
  6. In the General tab, find and click the Restore to Default button.
  7. On the left of the search bar, click the icon indicating the current search.
  8. Select Manage Search Engines…
  9. Click on and Remove unwanted search engine.
  10. Exit the dialogue box.
  11. Click the search icon again.
  12. In the list, click on the search engine you want to use.
  13. Restart your browser.

Google Chrome:

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Select Extensions on the left.
  4. Delete unknown extensions by clicking the bin icon on their right.
  5. Go to Settings.
  6. Under On startup, check Open a specific page or set of pages.
  7. Click Set pages.
  8. Delete the unwanted URL and enter a new one.

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How to manually remove Freecause Toolbar

Files associated with Freecause Toolbar infection:

Toolbar.dll

Freecause Toolbar DLL's to remove:

Toolbar.dll
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