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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

SimplePictureEdit Toolbar

SimplePictureEdit Toolbar is one shady browser extension and you might want to remove. It is promoted as a tool that can help you edit your photos, but this feature is simply a distraction. We have concluded that this toolbar is used as a means of distribution. Its main goal is to replace your browser’s homepage/new tab page address with its promoted search engine that is prone to modify the search results to accommodate unreliable and potentially malicious links. Its developers do not shy away from using it to automatically gather information about you either and use it to tailor the advertising campaign to each unique user. There is no reason to keep this toolbar as it offers nothing of value, but if you want to find out more about it, please read this entire article.

SimplePictureEdit Toolbar is a deceptive browser extension because its featured photo editor is only a secondary feature or a gimmick, rather, because its real objective is to replace your browser’s homepage address with Hp.myway.com. This search engine was created by the same company as the toolbar, and this duo is set to subject you to ad-supported search results. Indeed, our research has made it clear that apart from subjecting you to commercial links this application would not generate any revenue, and no company develops apps for the sake of producing them.

While SimplePictureEdit Toolbar replaces the homepage of Internet Explorer and new tab page of Chrome and Firefox with Hp.myway.com, the search results you get come from Google because Hp.myway.com utilizes Google Custom Search to process the entered search queries. In some cases, but not always, the search results can be modified to include additional promotional links that can redirect you to shady websites such as phishing sites, fake online shopping platforms, questionable software distributing websites, and so on.

The promotional links featured in the search results can be customized for each unique user, but to do that Hp.myway.com collects information. According to our research, this search engine can use web beacons, browser cookies and other information gathering technologies to obtain information such as your IP address, approximate geographical location, entered search queries, browsing history, browser type, operating system type, and so on. Also, the company that owns this toolbar and search engine can share the collected information with third-parties.

Both Hp.myway.com and SimplePictureEdit Toolbar were created by Mindspark Interactive Network, an infamous company known for releasing hundreds of similar, useless toolbars that do the same thing as this particular one. For example, it has released 100sOfRecipes Toolbar, StudyHQ Toolbar, and MyDigitalCalendar Toolbar which are very similar toolbars. It is no secret that this company in the web monetization business, so most applications it releases are related to advertising and promoting. Therefore, we think that keeping it is a bad idea.

Like most of the toolbars released previously, MyDigitalCalendar Toolbar is featured on its own dedicated distribution website at Free.simplepictureedit.com. This site is safe to visit as it only contains the download for this particular application only. The developers have gone out of their way to write pointless texts about how great this app is while it is definitely not. As far as we know, this site it this program’s only distribution channel, so if you do not have it, do not visit this website.

In conclusion, SimplePictureEdit Toolbar is a highly unreliable because its promotional links can redirect to all kinds of shady websites that can jeopardize your computer’s security. Also, it can collect information about you to customize the ads and even share the collected information with third parties. This is not something you should allow to persist, so we suggest that you remove this application at your earliest convenience.

Uninstall SimplePictureEdit Toolbar from Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or remove programs.
  3. Find the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click Start and Open the Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate the toolbar and click Uninstall.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar and Click Settings.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate the toolbar and click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Identify the application and double-click it.
  4. Uninstall.

Remove this toolbar from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Locate the extension and click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Choose Extensions.
  3. Locate the extension.
  4. Click the remove button.
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