- Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Although AutoPcBackup Toolbar offers “quick access to backup and restore features," our malware specialists have found that this browser extension is simply a new bad toolbar from the ever-growing Mindspark toolbar family. If you are infected with this toolbar, you will notice that your home page, search engine, and new tab page have been changed to Ask.com, and you will also see the AutoPcBackup Toolbar at the top. For most users it is rather annoying to have these modified settings since their browsing routines are ruined and often even without their knowledge. This toolbar might also present you with possibilities for harming your system or the files you store on your computer. The developer promotes this browser extension saying, “Stop worrying about losing your files," yet, as a matter of fact, by installing it, you increase the possibility of losing or damaging files due to the additional malware that may come with it. In order to understand what kind of potential threats this toolbar holds for you, please read our full report. It is important to us that you know why we recommend removing AutoPcBackup Toolbar as soon as possible.
This toolbar is very similar to the other members coming from the same family, such as MetroHotspot Toolbar and CoolPopularGames Toolbar. They all have the same motives and functionality under different names and different third-party services they offer. Another similarity is that they all use the same search tool, Ask.com. AutoPcBackup Toolbar has an official website, autopcbackup.com. The toolbar is available there for installation; you just need to click on the “Click to Install” button. But, unfortunately, this is not the only way to have this toolbar on your computer.
AutoPcBackup Toolbar can also be found bundled with malicious programs. People usually download such packages from file-sharing websites. Therefore, as a first line of defense, we recommend that you stay away from unfamiliar websites that offer free software downloads. You might click on the wrong button and end up having more infections on your computer. To be on the safe side, try to stick with reliable websites with good reputations. However, if this toolbar entered your system in a bundle packed with other infections, after deleting it, you need to perform a full system scan to see what other kinds of threats may be hiding on your computer.
AutoPcBackup Toolbar claims to automatically back up your photos, videos, music, and documents from your PC to another drive. In order to do that it has to install a supporting third-party application. But since this toolbar is free, obviously, somehow the developers have to make money out of it. And that is why third-party ads and sponsored links come into the picture. Keep in mind that this toolbar may gather information about you based on your browser history, browser cookies, and your search queries. That is why you may find ads and links that appear totally relevant to you while using this toolbar or its services. However, you need to understand the potential dangers of these ads and links. Cyber criminals can exploit this toolbar and the vulnerabilities of your browsers, and embed their own corrupted links. If you click on such a link, you may find yourself on an infected website, or even in the middle of an online scam. The only way to protect yourself from these things is to remove AutoPcBackup Toolbar right now.
Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of AutoPcBackup Toolbar with the click of a button. It requires a little more than that. It is not too complicated though; even an inexperienced user can do it. If you follow the steps below, you should be able to remove this toolbar and the supporting application in a few minutes, tops. However, if you would prefer a more comfortable approach to address all the possible threats on your computer, we would recommend installing a reliable malware removal tool. Why not enjoy the ease of automated malware detection and removal? If you want to keep your system clean and secure, this is the best solution.
How to remove AutoPcBackup Toolbar from Windows
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Windows 8/Windows 8.1
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