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

Popular Screensavers Toolbar

Popular Screensavers Toolbar is another product developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. The application is available for those computer users who run Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers. Why do computer users choose to install this program onto their browsers? It is because it promises convenient web search, search homepage, and default search options. If you choose to install the plugin from popularscreensavers.com/dl/index.jhtml, you should notice that Ask search tools are presented as an additional offer. If you do not want to change the search tools installed on your browsers, you can decline them. We can help you remove Popular Screensavers Toolbar and Ask search tools if you have no use for them or if you have installed them accidentally.

Once Popular Screensavers Toolbar is installed onto the browsers, you will discover a new bar attached to your browsers. The toolbar presents links to Screensavers, Wallpapers and eCards related to the service of popularscreensavers.com. On the left of the toolbar you will discover the Ask search box which presents the search results of search.tb.ask.com. The same feature is relatable to Zwinky Toolbar, Video Scavenger Toolbar, MyScrapNook Toolbar, and other Mindspark applications. You will find that search.tb.ask.com is set as the default search page, alongside the home.tb.ask.com home page, if you do accept the installation of the new search tools. Unfortunately, many install them without even realizing it because they are set for automatic installation.

Even though Ask search tools are not considered to be malicious, you need to be cautious with all unfamiliar applications installed onto the operating system. The search provider is managed and supported by Mindspark, and the company may be affiliated to third party advertisers. Have you already discovered sponsored search results which are unrelated to your search queries? We advise against clicking on sponsored links because they could promote unreliable services and products. Note that these ads are not a responsibility of Mindspark or Ask, and you will interact with them at your own risk. Do you want to face potential virtual security risks?

You can delete Popular Screensavers Toolbar and remove Ask search from the browsers in no time. All you have to do is follow the manual removal guides which are presented right below. If you do face any issues with the removal – post a comment below explaining the problems you face and we will assist you shortly. Note that automatic malware removal software can solve many problems, and you should install them if you want the operating system guarded against malware and unreliable software.

Remove the toolbar from Windows (for IE users)

Remove from Windows 8:

  1. Access the Metro UI menu, right-click to open a pane and select All apps.
  2. In the Apps menu select Control Panel and then Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to delete from the PC and select Uninstall.

Remove from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Navigate to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen and open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Uninstall a program to find the installed software.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to delete and click the Uninstall button.

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start (Windows) menu button on the left of the Task Bar.
  2. Now open the Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Remove the undesirable program from your operating system.

Delete the toolbar and undesirable search tools

Delete from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+T and click Manage Add-ons.
  2. Move the cursor to the left of the menu and click Search Providers.
  3. Choose a new and Remove the undesirable default search provider. Click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T to open the Tools menu at the top of the page and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab, overwrite/remove the Home Page URL and click OK.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and click the search provider icon on the presented search box.
  2. Now select Manage Search Engines and Remove the undesirable search provider.
  3. Simultaneously tap keys Alt+T to open the Tools menu and click Options.
  4. Click the General tab, overwrite/remove the Home Page URL and click OK.
  5. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Add-ons Manager menu.
  6. Scroll down the menu on the left, click Extensions and Remove the undesirable plugin.

Delete from Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+F, select Tools and click Extensions.
  2. Click the trash icon placed on the right of the undesirable plugin and select Remove.
  3. Navigate to the menu on the left and click Settings to open a new menu.
  4. Scroll down to On Startup and mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  5. Click Set pages and overwrite/remove the undesirable search tool.
  6. Click OK, scroll down to Search click Manage search engines.
  7. Select a new and remove (click X) the undesirable search provider. Click Done.
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How to manually remove Popular Screensavers Toolbar

Files associated with Popular Screensavers Toolbar infection:

PopularScreensaversSetup.exe

Popular Screensavers Toolbar processes to kill:

PopularScreensaversSetup.exe
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