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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

CoolPopularGames Toolbar

CoolPopularGames Toolbar is the newest addition to a long lineage of bad toolbars that have been plaguing the computers of users all around the world. You should remove this application provided that your computer has been infected with it. But if not, it is still a good idea to know more about it, because the application might come unexpectedly. We have included a manual removal guide at the end of the article

By unexpectedly we do not mean that the application somehow gets onto computers on its own. One of the methods used to disseminate this infection if via software bundles. The developer, called Mindspark Interactive Network Inc is known for making arrangements with the owners of free software distributing websites, so that they would include Mindspark’s malware in their software bundles. Everyone gets paid, except, of course, the user who has to bear the inconvenience of constant pop-ups, banners, and coupons. In any case, the user should be offered to opt out the installation of CoolPopularGames Toolbar by choosing advanced installation settings. It must also be mentioned, however, that the toolbar is distributed via a website, called

This time CoolPopularGames Toolbar is an all-out Mindspark endeavor. All of the links featured on this toolbar are to one website, called, which is part of the IWON network that is owned by Mindspark. The toolbar contains links to various subpages within the website that are categorized according to the genre of the game. The toolbar is a real waste of browser space. It would be much easier to let the users themselves browse through the website without making separate links to the same website. It is most likely done to give the impression that the toolbar contains a lot of useful links while the reality is very different.

When you install CoolPopularGames Toolbar via the main website, you will be asked if you want to change the default homepage and search engine to But you will be surprised to see how the homepage looks when you accept the offer. It looks nothing like the real homepage. Take note of that in the address bar. It is powered by but it is not the same as the original. It also belongs to Mindspark, and is seems that the developers have put in the effort to make their own homepage that is distributed only with their malware. You should not use the search engine, because it might show sponsored links that could be cause you a lot of trouble if you decide to click them. It is likely that the search engine does not have the result filtration system the Google and other major search engines have, which prevents malicious websites from being shown.

CoolPopularGames Toolbar is a useless program that only benefits the developers. It does not bring anything unique or beneficial to the average user. It can only obstruct one’s browsing experience, because the search engine is unreliable. Therefore, we recommend that you remove CoolPopularGames Toolbar form your computer using our manual removal guide. But if you want to ensure that your computer is entirely malware-free, try downloading SpyHunter, an antimalware scanner that will detect and remove every possible malicious application.

Remove CoolPopularGames Toolbar from your browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Open the Advanced tab, and click Reset.
  4. Select the Checkbox.
  5. Click Reset again, and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H, and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Reset Firefox.
  3. In the dialog box, click Reset Firefox once again.
  4. Click Finish.
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