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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Changes default search engine

ProductManualsFinder Toolbar

ProductManualsFinder Toolbar is a newcomer browser plugin in the useless and potentially unreliable Mindspark family of questionable toolbars. This plugin offers you the ability to “find more than 5000 user manuals.” Basically, on the main page, you find a search box that redirects your queries to a possibly modified and customized Google results page, and below this box, you see a number of thumbnail links that relate to searching specific manuals. We have found that this is not a quality product and may sometimes fail to present you with the desired manual. As all Mindspark toolbars, this one also generates income through advertising third parties through its search engine. This is always a risky territory since third parties may not always be reliable. Although we cannot claim that this browser plugin poses a great threat to your system security, we do believe that it is better for you to remove ProductManualsFinder Toolbar if you want to feel completely safe while being online.

Although the products coming from this family used to be spread via freeware bundles that may have contained more serious malware threats as well, our research shows that this era is gone. Right now, the most possible way for you to find this potentially unwanted program (PUP) in your browsers is that you install it directly from its promotional page, productmanualsfinder.com/index.jhtml. This is a very simple page that offers you a big Free Download button. However, before you would rush to click on the “Add extension” button on the window that pops up with the permissions you are about to grant to this tool, we would like you to spend a moment to examine these requests:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

Do you think it is alright to give these to a browser plugin that might be unreliable? Here is another thought to think about: Do you really need a questionable tool to access manuals? Do you think you could easily download such documents from official sites? So why would you need such a PUP at all if it might hold the slightest risk for you to be exposed to unreliable content? If you want to make sure that your system only gives home to quality software and reliable applications, we suggest that you delete ProductManualsFinder Toolbar.

This browser plugin offers you a Google enhanced search engine as well as six thumbnail easy-access links that open the toolbar and certain search options. For example, you can choose to click on “Manual Search,” “Browse by Brand,” “Browse by Category,” and so on. This means that you can browse the database of allegedly over 5000 manuals in all kinds of categories, including “Air Conditioners,” “Blenders,” and “Egg cookers.” Installing this browser plugin puts a tiny icon next to the address bar in the top-right corner of your browser window. Clicking on this icon opens a new tab page with the main page of this PUP. Unfortunately, our tests indicate that in a number of cases the links to manuals actually redirect you to the official site of the product in question. This is why we said earlier that this tool is practically unnecessary. In fact, we recommend that you delete ProductManualsFinder Toolbar from your system.

If you run a web search through this PUP, you are taken to a potentially modified search page, int.search.myway.com. This means that this page could contain third-party advertisements and links promoted by this toolbar. Since you can never be 100% sure that a certain third party is reliable or not, unfortunately, you might get redirected to websites with questionable content if you engage with the ads and links offered to you. If you have made up your mind, let us tell you how you can remove ProductManualsFinder Toolbar from your computer.

First, you need to check if you find an uninstaller for this application in the list of installed programs in Control Panel. If so, run it to uninstall ProductManualsFinder Toolbar. However, this may only take care of Internet Explorer. In the case of the rest of the affected browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, you need to remove the extensions and undo the changes yourself. We suggest that you reset these browsers to make sure that no leftovers remain. Please follow our guide below if you need assistance with these steps. If you would like to have automated protection for your system against all kinds of malware threats, we advise you to install a powerful anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter.

ProductManualsFinder Toolbar Removal from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and pick Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and click Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+X and choose Programs and Features.
  2. Click on the application and click Uninstall.

How to reset the browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset in the pop-up.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox. In the pop-up, press Refresh Firefox again.
  3. Click Finish.
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