There are many browser extensions out there that offer to improve your browser’s functionality, but users should always consider all the pros and cons before installing such applications like Koyote Toolbar on their systems. This extension that we are going to discuss in this article is not a malicious infection, but some users should think twice before installing it because it might come with specific side effects you would want to consider. Thankfully, it is not complicated to remove Koyote Toolbar at all, and you can do it via Control Panel. It is entirely up to you whether you want to keep this application or not, but do not hesitate to protect your PC from harm if need be.
When our security researches went through this application, they have found that Koyote Toolbar is in no way related to the Koyote-Lab Software. It is true that the extension has a link to the official Koyote-Lab website on its homepage (koyotesoft.mybrowserbar.com), but that does not prove anything. In fact, the keyword in the domain name is not “koyotesoft”, but “mybrowserbar.” According to statistical data, the popularity of this website has increased recently, and it means that it has gone through a successful promotion period. The point is that there are more browser extensions distributed via mybrowserbar.com than just Koyote Toolbar.
What’s more, the creator of this extension is Spigot. This company is known to monetize various applications, and mybrowserbar.com has distributed other toolbars before, that were used to generate financial profit by displaying third party advertisements. Therefore, it would be possible to assume that Koyote Toolbar can also be used for the same purpose. Naturally, there is nothing illegal about it, but it is not unheard of when such extensions get exploited by malevolent third parties, and that is definitely something you should not ignore.
Koyote Toolbar is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. If you install the full set-up of this toolbar, you will also see your default search engine changed to Yahoo! Search. Users are well aware of the fact that Yahoo! is a reliable search engine, but the toolbar is using a modified version of the engine, and it could be that it is utilized to track your online activity. Quite a few websites make use of tracking cookies to find out your likes and preferences in order to provide you with customized content. This makes web browsing easier and more convenient, but the practice could also be used for shady purposes.
Therefore, the question is whether you should really allow Koyote Toolbar to change your default search engine, keeping in mind that the extension could be exploited by cyber criminals. Luckily, the modification does not occur without your permission. During the installation, you can choose whether you want to change your search engine or not. Thus, it is necessary to stay alert during the installation process; otherwise you might end up installing things you neither like nor need.
On top of that, perhaps you should think whether you really need this extension on your browser because it does not seem to provide you with anything unique. When we take a look at the toolbar, we see a search bar that, obviously, leads you to the custom Yahoo! Search engine. Then the toolbar gives you shortcuts to Amazon, eBay, Coupons, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. However, the question is why would you have these shortcuts on a third party toolbar, when you can keep them all on your browser’s shortcut bar?
Hence, it would be wise to remove this toolbar from your system if you do not use it often. Uninstalling Koyote Toolbar via Control Panel is easy, and it does not leave any files that could be used later on to restore the extension.
If you want to check the overall status of your computer’s security, try scanning the system with the SpyHunter free scanner. This way, you will be able to determine if there are any unfamiliar or potentially harmful applications, and at the same time, it will be possible to remove them all automatically. Should you have any further questions on how to ensure your computer’s safety, please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment in the box below.
How to Delete Koyote Toolbar
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