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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Utility Chest

There are times when you should remove browser plugins instead of allowing them to stay on your computer, because they are considered potentially unwanted programs. Take Utility Chest Toolbar, for example. This browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Once the toolbar is installed on your default browser, Utility Chest provides you with a number of useful resources such as Translator, Calculator, Spell-check tool, Calendar, shortcuts to weather websites, maps, food recipes and many more. Nevertheless, this extension comes with a number of security risks that need to be taken into consideration. In order words, you are strongly recommended to remove Utility Chest Toolbar from your computer.

Despite the fact, that this plugin is not a malicious computer infection, it may be resistant against removal and some users have an impression that Utility Chest Toolbar hijack their home pages and change them to The truth is that, since users install this plugin themselves, they can also choose the home page settings as well. During the installation, you need to confirm that you either want your home page modified or not. Therefore, if you go through the installation process negligently, you will end up with your home page changed. It does not matter where you download Utility Chest at – or any other third party website – the plugin will always prompt you about the oncoming modifications. Nevertheless, you should not forget that the software setup downloaded from a third party website could be bundled with other unwanted applications that could seriously compromise your system security.

Utility Chest Toolbar should also be deleted, because it keeps track of your browsing history. Although these tracking cookies used to check upon your browsing habits are absolutely innocent on their own, in case they get exploited by a malicious third party, you could get in a serious trouble.

How to remove Utility Chest Toolbar

Instructions for Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Utility Chest.

Instructions for Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program and remove Utility Chest.

Instructions for Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove programs and uninstall Utility Chest.

Restore your browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and select Internet options.
  2. Enter a new home page address under General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+X again and click Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search Providers on the left pane.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove My Web Search. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and click Options.
  2. Change your home page address under General tab and press OK.
  3. Click the search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box (top right corner).
  4. Select Manage search engines and remove My Web Search from the list. Click OK.

Eventually, run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner, because you need to make sure that no unwanted programs slithered into your PC while you were not paying attention.

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