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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Citysearch Toolbar

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 8

  1. Slide mouse cursor to the bottom right of your desktop.
  2. Click Settings on Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Citysearch Toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Citysearch Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start menu button and go to Settings.
  2. Select Control Panel and access Add or remove programs.
  3. Uninstall Citysearch Toolbar.

How to restore browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
  2. Open General tab and click Use default button. Press OK.
  3. Press Alt+T again and go to Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Ask Search. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box.
  2. Select Manage search engines on drop-down menu.
  3. Remove Ask Search from the list and click OK.
  4. Click the orange Firefox button and go to Options.
  5. Open General tab, click Restore to Default button and click OK.
  6. Click Firefox button again and select Add-ons.
  7. Disable and remove Citysearch from Extensions. Restart browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Tools.
  2. Open Extensions and remove Citysearch from the list.
  3. Click Settings on the left pane.
  4. Select Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  5. Click Set pages and change your homepage address. Click OK.
  6. Press Manage search engines button under Search.
  7. Set a new default search engine, delete Ask Search and press Done.
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How to manually remove Citysearch Toolbar

Files associated with Citysearch Toolbar infection:

CitySearch.exe

Citysearch Toolbar processes to kill:

CitySearch.exe
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