- Connects to the internet without permission
SearchMe Toolbar is a browser add-on produced by Spigot, Inc. The toolbar is installed on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It was also noticed that older versions of Google Chrome are affected by this annoying application as well. Numerous annoying and potentially detrimental activities provided by this browser add-on are the causes of why the SearchMe Toolbar needs to be removed from your system without hesitation. If, unfortunately, you have installed SearchMe Toolbar you are advised to follow the removal guide provided below to secure your system against any other potentially detrimental applications entering your system.
SearchMe Toolbar is based on the MyBrowserBar engine and works in a very similar way as PDF Forge Toolbar – also based on the same engine. The toolbar provides a search option along with bookmarks to websites like amazon.com, facebook.com, ebay.com, and a few others. The search box uses the Yahoo! search engine. At first, SearchMe Toolbar might look like a useful tool but sooner or later you will realize that it does not have any valuable features.
It is also important to note that a questionable browser extension is installed along with SearchMe Toolbar. The extension is called Start Page. It will insert a search box within a new tab page. Since it is known that Start Page is associated with other dubious applications such as YTD toolbar, it is advised to remove SearchMe Toolbar along with it.
But that is not all that SearchMe Toolbar does. After the toolbar is installed onto your system two new Windows processes are created that are launched at each Windows startup. These processes are called “Application Updater” and “Search Settings” and can be seen via Task Manager. It is impossible to determine all the possible ways that these processes could be used by SearchMe Toolbar. It is plausible that the application could be restored even if it was removed via Control Panel as these processes might be able to connect to the Internet without your knowledge. Thorough removal of SearchMe Toolbar is the only way you will restore the regular functionality of your browser.
Oftentimes applications like SearchMe Toolbar are distributed via bundled freeware. You might come across certain websites that promote installers stuffed with loads of applications that might not be in your desire to use. Unfortunately, you are not informed about that. Avoid third-party hosting websites for any downloads as it is a great way to lower the risk of infecting your PC with unknown malware.
You have to take two steps to remove SearchMe Toolbar from your PC entirely. First you will need to remove SearchMe Toolbar from your system. Then you will need to restore some settings within your browsers. Afterwards, we recommend scanning your operating system with a reliable malware detection and removal tool in order to make sure that no traces of the infection remained. Furthermore, a reliable antimalware tool will provide real-time security; thus, internet-based infections will no longer bother you.
How to remove SearchMe Toolbar from your PC
Remove SearchMe Toolbar from Windows 8
Remove SearchMe Toolbar from Windows 7 and Windows Vista
Remove SearchMe Toolbar from Windows XP
How to restore you browser settings
Restore Internet Explorer
Restore Mozilla Firefox
Restore Google Chrome
How to manually remove SearchMe Toolbar
Files associated with SearchMe Toolbar infection: