- Shows commercial adverts
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Citysearch Toolbar is a browser extension from Mindspark family. It is one of the browser plug-ins that is supposed to improve your overall web browsing experience, or provide you with relevant information on a particular topic. However, at the same time we can consider Citysearch Toolbar a potentially unwanted application, because it may exhibit intrusive behavior and it could expose you to potentially corrupted third party content. Even if you have installed the application willingly, you are strongly recommended to remove Citysearch Toolbar from the PC, because such applications are vulnerable to third party exploitation.
It is very likely that if you download Citysearch Toolbar from the official source, you should not experience any trouble with it. The toolbar is available at free.citygrid.com. Just like other Mindspark toolbars, such as KnowTheBible Toolbar, ButterflyField Toolbar or Zwinky Toolbar, Citysearch Toolbar can be easily downloaded and installed from the official homepage. The information at the homepage says that Citysearch Toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox only, but it is possible to find this application at Chrome app shop as well.
Nevertheless, the official homepage and app stores are not the only distribution sources. Citysearch Toolbar is also available on a number of third party file hosting websites such as cNet or Software Informer. Users are strongly discouraged to download applications from third party websites, because one can never know what additional programs and features might be bundled with them. You could actually end up installing not only Citysearch Toolbar, but an entire list of other unwanted applications as well!
What is more, even if user downloads Citysearch Toolbar from the official source, if you are not attentive enough during the installation process, you might think that Citysearch Toolbar behaves like a browser hijacker. That might happen because the plug-in automatically modifies your browser settings and Ask.com is set as your default homepage and search engine. It is very peculiar that Citysearch Toolbar uses Ask.com as one of its additional features, because Ask.com actually abandoned the search engine business back in 2010, so it is not exactly clear what kind of search engine the plug-in uses and whether it is reliable 100%.
Citysearch Toolbar may provide you with information on the most popular places in town, suggestions where to dine and where to shop, but when we take into consideration all the potential security risks associated with the application, it becomes clear that it is for the best to uninstall Citysearch Toolbar from the system.
After manual removal you will need to restore your browser settings. You can do that following the instructions below. Also, it would be wise to run a full system scan with a powerful antimalware tool that would help you ensure your system’s stability in the future.
Remove Citysearch Toolbar
Windows Vista & Windows 7
How to restore browser settings