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

DiscoverAncestry Toolbar

The DiscoverAncestry Toolbar is a Mindspark browser extension that provides access to websites enabling you to design your own ancestry tree. The program is available at discoverancestry.com and may also be bundled with other free programs. According to the official website of the DiscoverAncestry Toolbar, it is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but it has been found that the program also works on Google Chrome. Some computer users are not satisfied with this application because it is powered by the search engine Ask.com, which offers sponsored links or ads that are supposedly related to the search query term.

When installing Mindspark programs, you should be very attentive to the information provided because you are likely to be asked to change the home page and default search provider to Ask.com. More specifically, if you agree to implement changes, the home page and search provider is changed to home.tb.ask.com and Ask.com, respectively. This search engine seeks to provide Internet users with high-quality content and claims that only relevant sponsored links are generated; however, it is impossible to check every single website advertised. Hence, we recommend that you avoid clicking on the sponsored links provided by the search engine Ask.com.

Similarly to other search engines, Ask.com collects certain information about your Internet usage. Your clicks, browser type, browser settings, and other anonymous details are recorded using cookies and other tracking techniques. Some anonymous information is also collected by the DiscoverAncestry Toolbar. Mindspark is interested in how you browse the Internet, i.e., what your interests are, how much time you spend interacting with their product and other websites, what your browser settings are, etc. Information about you may be used for various purposes, including marketing and advertising, and, if you do not want to be related to the improvement of Mindspark services, remove the DiscoverAncestry Toolbar from the computer as soon as you can.

Our instructions below should help you uninstall the unwanted toolbar, but we suggest that you remove the unwanted extension and fix your browsers with the help of our recommended security program SpyHunter. This real-time security program can easily eliminate malware and spyware programs, such as browser hijackers, adware programs, ransomware infections, fake anti-virus programs, and rootkits. So, if you want to be secure while browsing the Internet, take action right now.

How to remove DiscoverAncestry

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click the Uninstall a program option.
  4. Uninstall the DiscoverAncestry program.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click the Add or Remove Program.
  4. Remove DiscoverAncestry.

Remove 8

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Right-click.
  3. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove the unwanted application.

Remove the DiscoverAncestry Toolbar from the browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Manage Add-ons.
  2. Click Search Providers and set a new default search engine.
  3. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  4. Change the home page on the General tab and click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and point to Tools.
  2. Click the Extensions option.
  3. Remove the DiscoverAncestry extension.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. In the On startup section, select the last option and click Set pages.
  6. Set a new startup page.
  7. In the Search section, click Manage search engines and set a new default search provider.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Change the home page on the General tab.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and click Extensions.
  5. Remove DiscoverAncestry.
  6. Close the tab and click the search engine icon next to the search box.
  7. Select your new default search provider.
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