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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

ReferenceBoss Toolbar

ReferenceBoss Toolbar is an application that you can download from Even though you can, it does not mean that you should download the program. Of course, it is much safer to download the program from its official website, rather than to trust third-party software distributors who may bundle the suspicious toolbar with much more unpredictable and dangerous applications. When it comes down to the removal of the application, our malware researchers suggest that it is much better to remove ReferenceBoss Toolbar than to keep it running.

Mindspark Interactive Network is the company that distributes ReferenceBoss Toolbar. This company is also linked to EliteUnzip Toolbar, DailyHomeGuide Toolbar, and similar toolbars, all of which are offered in the same manner, but all of which serve a different purpose. If you want to delete Mindspark apps from your operating system, either use individual removal guides which can be found using our search box, or refer to this removal guide. Of course, it is unlikely that you will want to delete ReferenceBoss Toolbar if you want to find Reference, Dictionary, and Thesaurus directories in one place.

Most computer users delete ReferenceBoss Toolbar, not because of the services of the toolbar, but because of the related search tools. If you have downloaded ReferenceBoss Toolbar onto your web browsers abruptly, you may have missed your chance to decline home page ( and search provider ( modifications. ReferenceBoss Toolbar is not a browser hijacker; however, the applied search tools should raise some questions.

Searches performed using will route you to, an powered search engine. As you may have discovered it yourself, the top and bottom sections of all Ask search-results pages are dedicated to “Ads.” Do you want to find advertisements and sponsored links instead of useful search results? Not many users would, and so it is not surprising that most will choose to remove ReferenceBoss Toolbar-related search tools. We recommend removing these tools even if you are not interested in the removal of ReferenceBoss Toolbar itself.

You can delete ReferenceBoss Toolbar and remove the search tools, or you can perform either of these tasks individually. Even though neither the toolbar nor the search tools are very useful, they are not dangerous, if you handle them with care, either. All in all, you can find much better replacements, and so we offer the manual ReferenceBoss Toolbar removal instructions. These instructions will also help you delete the undesirable Ask Search tools.

ReferenceBoss Toolbar Removal

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Click Start on the Taskbar.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Remove the unwanted application.

Remove from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Click the Windows logo on the Taskbar.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program and right-click ReferenceBoss Toolbar.
  4. Select Uninstall to delete the application.

Remove from Windows 8:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI screen.
  2. Select All apps and click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click the program you want to delete.
  5. Select Uninstall.

Delete undesirable search tools

Delete from Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Tools and then Extensions.
  3. Remove the undesirable extension.
  4. In the menu on the left click Settings.
  5. Go to On Startup and mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  6. Click Set pages to open the list of available search options.
  7. Remove the undesirable search provider and click OK.
  8. Go to Appearance, mark Show Home button, and click Change.
  9. Remove the undesirable search provider and click OK.
  10. Go to Search and click Manage search engines.
  11. Remove (click X) the unwanted search provider and click Done.

Delete from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. In the Tools menu click Manage Add-ons.
  3. Select Search Providers and add a new default search tool.
  4. Remove the unwanted search provider and click Close.
  5. Simultaneously tap Alt+T again and select Internet Options.
  6. Click the General tab and find the Home Page box.
  7. Remove/replace the undesirable URL and click OK.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and move to the Firefox search box.
  2. Click the search provider icon to open a drop-down menu.
  3. Select Manage Search Engines.
  4. Remove the unwanted search provider and click OK.
  5. Simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Options.
  6. Click the General tab and find the Home Page box.
  7. Remove/replace the undesirable URL and click OK.
  8. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A (Add-ons Manager).
  9. Go to Extensions and Remove the undesirable add-ons.
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