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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission

SearchMe Toolbar

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

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the desktop.
  2. In the Charm bar select Settings.
  3. Click Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
  4. Select SearchMe Toolbar and click Uninstall.

Remove SearchMe Toolbar from Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Windows button and select Control Panel.
  2. Now select Uninstall a program.
  3. Double-click SearchMe Toolbar to remove it.

Remove SearchMe Toolbar from Windows XP

  1. Tap the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select and remove SearchMe Toolbar.

How to restore you browser settings

Restore Internet Explorer

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Then click Manage Add-ons.
  3. Select Toolbars and extensions.
  4. Now remove the Start Page extension.
  5. Now select Search Providers and set a new default search provider.
  6. Once again tap Alt+T but now select Internet Options.
  7. Now remove the unwanted URL provided by SearchMe Toolbar.
  8. Enter the website of your choice then click Apply and OK.

Restore Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Then select Add-ons and click Extensions.
  3. Click Remove to delete the Start Page extension.
  4. Now tap Alt+T and select Options.
  5. In the Home Page section enter a website of your choice and click OK.
  6. Now click the search icon and select a new default search engine.

Restore Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and the click Extensions.
  3. Click the trash can icon to remove the Start Page extension.
  4. Now select Settings.
  5. Under the On startup section check Open a specific page or set of pages.
  6. Click Set pages.
  7. Now enter a new start up page and click OK.
  8. Under the Search section select Manage search engines.
  9. Now set a new default search engine and click Done.
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How to manually remove SearchMe Toolbar

Files associated with SearchMe Toolbar infection:

searchmeToolbarIE64.dll
searchmeToolbar.exe

SearchMe Toolbar DLL's to remove:

searchmeToolbarIE64.dll

SearchMe Toolbar processes to kill:

searchmeToolbar.exe
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