Danger level 6
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Slow internet connection


Etype is an application that is available for download at etype.com and a number of third party websites. According to the information provided at the official web page, Etype is an online multi-language dictionary and a program that auto-completes user’s sentences. In a way, if the word you are trying to type corresponds with the word that Etype suggests, you can finish your sentences faster. However, despite the fact that this program helps you to avoid spelling mistakes, it also comes with a number of security risks, and security experts strongly recommend removing Etype from your computer in order to make sure that you do not get infected with malware.

Make no mistake – Etype is not a computer infection, and there is over half a million users on Facebook who like the official Etype Facebook page. Nevertheless, the reason why we recommend being cautious with this application is the fact that it comes bundled with additional browser extensions. When you install Etype, you are asked whether you want to install AVG Safeguard toolbar as well. Since AVG is a family of antivirus and Internet security software, users may install the toolbar without any second thought, thinking it would increase their Internet security.

Nevertheless, once the toolbar is installed, it automatically modifies your home page and default search engine to mysearch.avg.com, and this change affects all the main browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Take note that it is possible to avoid the toolbar installation and for that you should un-tick the setup option during the installation process, however, the home page modification and a potentially unwanted toolbar is not the only thing you should be worried about it.

Another problem about Etype is that it is associated with lzma.exe. This process file is categorized as worm and malware downloader. According to the research performed by security experts, this file is usually found on computer systems infected with malware, and it resists being removed by security products. What is more, it tries to hide itself in the background of your system, in order to remain on your PC for as long as possible. That is not to say that Etype infects you with lzma.exe on purpose. It may be that the installation file for this program has been bundled with the malware installer at a third party website. That is why it is absolutely important that you download Etype and other similar programs ONLY from official websites.

Due to the fact that Etype is not a computer malware, it is not hard to remove it manually. Follow the instructions below to delete Etype and AVG Safeguard Toolbar if you do not need these applications.

Manual Etype removal

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Etype and AVG Safeguard toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Etype and AVG Safeguard Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall Etype and AVG Safeguard Toolbar.

It may take you to restart your browser a few times until your home page is restored after manual removal. Unfortunately, if you are infected with worm or any other computer threat, it is not as simple to terminate it manually. Therefore, if you suspect that your computer may be infected with malware, run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner to check whether it is true. Do not hesitate to invest in a powerful antispyware tool if need be.

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How to manually remove Etype

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