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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Installs itself without permissions

MyStart Social Toolbar

Based on the official information provided at socialtoolbar.mystart.com MyStart Social Toolbar is a “browser extension that brings the functionality of your favorite social network sites <…> to your fingertips”. The application installs a toolbar on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox with instant access to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace and other social applications. However, MyStart Social Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program that may display or redirect you to potentially corrupted and even dangerous websites. If it was not your intention to have the toolbar installed, remove MyStart Social Toolbar from your computer and then protect against various cyber threats.

Although this toolbar can be downloaded from its official website, it may also be bundled with freeware applications that are available at third party file hosting pages. In such a case, there is a high chance that MyStart Social Toolbar comes with a lot of additional programs that may not be useful at all. You can obviously choose whether you want additional programs or not, but the problem is that users often go through the installation automatically, simply skipping the steps.

Even if you download MyStart Social Toolbar from the official website, there is an option on the last step of the official installation wizard that asks whether you want to change your default home page and search engine to mystart.com. If you fail to un-tick the option, along with MyStart Social Toolbar your browser settings will be modified as well. However, mystart.com is not an original search provider, because it is powered by Yahoo!.

Naturally, this application is not a malicious computer infection, because it does not need to use devious tactics to enter your PC. However, one should not overlook the fact that in order to provide you with the most relevant content MyStart Social Toolbar needs to delve into third party data bases. Such browser plug-ins quite often display third party content in the form of commercial advertisements, and that is your biggest security concern, because third party concern is seldom reviewed.

The good news is MyStart Social Toolbar adds an entry into the list of installed programs in Control Panel, so you can easily remove it on your own. While you are at it, get rid of Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor – a freeware application that gets installed on a PC even when you download MyStart Social Toolbar from the official source. Also, after manual removal you may need to restore your browser settings manually. Eventually, invest in a licensed computer security application that will help you safeguard the system against any potential outside threats.

Also, in case you have any further questions, do not hesitate to address us by leaving a comment in the box below.

Manual MyStart Social Toolbar Removal

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. When Charm bar appears, click Settings and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove MyStart Social Toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove MyStart Social Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and click Settings.
  2. Go to Control Panel and select Add or remove programs.
  3. Uninstall MyStart Social Toolbar.

Restore browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
  2. Under General tab, change your home page address and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Firefox button and go to Options.
  2. Under General tab, change home page address and press OK.
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How to manually remove MyStart Social Toolbar

Files associated with MyStart Social Toolbar infection:

MyStartSocialToolbar.exe

MyStart Social Toolbar processes to kill:

MyStartSocialToolbar.exe
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