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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

BestBackground Toolbar

If suddenly your default homepage changes to, it means that you have installed one of the MindSpark toolbars on your computer. It might have been the BestBackground Toolbar, the browser extension that has been around for a while now. If that is the case, you should consider removing BestBackground Toolbar from your system as the program comes with specific features that could be detrimental to your system’s security. All the more so, if you do not know how BestBackground Toolbar managed to enter your system. When a program is unwanted, it is more than obvious that it should not be allowed to remain on your computer.

The problem with BestBackground Toolbar, Webfetti Toolbar, RetroGamer Toolbar, AudioToAudio Toolbar, and many other similar applications is that they can be used as distribution tools by cyber criminals. BestBackground Toolbar is highly vulnerable to third-party exploitation because it has a loose security policy. For example, rather than performing its main function of providing you with backgrounds, BestBackground Toolbar might as well display third-party content that is very far from being reliable. Without even realizing it, you could click an outgoing link or a pop-up ad that leads to a malware-related website. And from there, you would be only one click away from a serious computer infection.

There are two main distribution methods that are employed by BestBackground Toolbar. First, it can be downloaded from As you can probably tell, this is the program’s homepage and the download links provided on the website work perfectly. This is different from other adware programs and browser toolbars that often have dysfunctional websites without any download links. Nevertheless, it does not mean that you should trust BestBackground Toolbar 100%. This toolbar may be performing some of the functions it boasts of, but it still can be exploited by cyber criminals who know how to do it (and they most certainly do).

Aside from the main website, BestBackground Toolbar could also arrive at your system bundled with freeware. In fact, it is a far more common distribution method, and also the reason users often complain they have been infected with a browser hijacker. BestBackground Toolbar may look like a browser hijacker because it has the Ask Search engine in its setting. If you do not read all the installation steps carefully, the search engine is set as your default homepage automatically, so it might seem that BestBackground Toolbar is a dangerous computer infection that modified your browser settings without your permission.

However, this toolbar is far easier to remove than it might seem. Simply open your Control Panel and remove BestBackground Toolbar from the list of installed programs. However, you will have to restore your browser settings manually because the automatic removal via Control Panel does not affect your browser settings. We provide instructions on how to change your browser settings manually below this description.

The final thing you have to remember about BestBackground Toolbar is that this application seldom travels alone. This means that although the application may not be a severe computer security threat, BestBackground Toolbar could be a first sign of a far more dangerous problem. Thus, once you get rid of BestBackground Toolbar, you should run a full system scan with a security application of your choice to make sure that your PC is absolutely safe and clean.

How to Delete BestBackground Toolbar

Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

  1. Slide the mouse cursor to the bottom right of your desktop.
  2. When the Charm bar appears, click Settings and select Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove BestBackground Toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove BestBackground Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall BestBackground Toolbar.

Restore Your Browser Settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and open Internet options.
  2. Change your homepage under the General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+T again and go to Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left pane.
  5. Select a new default search engine, remove Ask Search and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the search engine icon on the left of the Firefox search box.
  2. Click Change Search Settings and remove Ask Search from the list.
  3. Set a new default search engine and click OK.
  4. Press Alt+T and open Options.
  5. Change your homepage address under the General tab and press OK.
  6. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and the Add-ons manager tab will open.
  7. Disable and remove BestBackground from Extensions.
  8. Restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome

  1. Click Alt+F and go to More tools.
  2. Open Extensions and remove BestBackground.
  3. Click Settings on the left.
  4. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  5. Click Set pages and change your homepage address. Press OK.
  6. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  7. Set a new default search engine, delete Ask Search and click Done.
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