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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

DigiSmirkz Toolbar

DigiSmirkz Toolbar is a new creation of a company well known for our researchers – Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Just like other products of the same developer, it promises to act in a beneficial way. In this case, it should allow users to add emoticons to their emails, blog posts, access hundreds of smiley logos, and, finally, connect to Facebook with the click of a button. Despite all those features users might find useful, specialists at pcthreat.com have still made a tough decision to classify it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. This has been done not without reason. First of all, this piece of software is not as useful as it claims to be. Second, users find undesirable changes applied after installing it on their computers. Of course, there is also a number of people who do not even suspect that DigiSmirkz Toolbar is not a piece of software that can be trusted fully. Read what specialists have to say about this browser plugin and make a decision whether or not to keep DigiSmirkz Toolbar installed yourself.

As has already been mentioned in the first paragraph, this browser plugin is not as useful as it claims to be, and there is nothing you could not do without it. For example, it promises to allow users to “add the cutest, zaniest and coolest emoticon symbols”; however, the truth is that it does not do anything itself. Instead of doing something really beneficial, it contains links to third-party websites (facebook.com, macys.com, welcome.motitags.com/gallery/, tripadvisor.com, and others). Users, of course, do not need to have DigiSmirkz Toolbar installed to open these websites, which makes this browser plugin almost useless. Second, DigiSmirkz Toolbar is referred to as a potentially unwanted program because of the changes it applies to all browsers the moment it enters computers. Researchers have noticed a new website http://hp.myway.com/digismirkz/ttab02/index.html set as a homepage and a New Tab URL on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox after installing DigiSmirkz Toolbar, so, evidently, users do not lie when they say that they see a new website set after downloading and installing this Mindspark toolbar. This website has an interface of a legitimate search tool, and it works as a search engine, i.e. it returns search results; however, specialists are not going to call it a trustworthy search tool because of the disturbing finding they have made. It has been found that it might present users with advertisements. This might not happen all the time, but users might really see promotional links on the search results page opened for them. Clicking on them might be quite dangerous since they have a potential of redirecting to untrustworthy websites.

Researchers do not like how the search tool promoted by DigiSmirkz Toolbar treats the privacy of users too. It is clearly stated in the Privacy Policy that several types of information, including information provided by users willingly and automatically-captured information will be recorded. It is not the most disturbing finding. What specialists find the most shocking is a long list of third parties that are going to receive the recorded information: authorized service providers, business partners, advertisers and ad-networks, etc. There is no information provided about them, so nobody knows whether the gathered data is going to end up in good hands. In the opinion of our security specialists, it might be quite dangerous to let http://hp.myway.com/digismirkz/ttab02/index.html record all kinds of details and send them all to these third parties. The only way to make sure that this activity is no longer performed on your PC is to get rid of the questionable search tool. DigiSmirkz Toolbar has to be fully eliminated to make it gone. We are sure you will not regret doing that.

DigiSmirkz Toolbar cannot be called a malicious application, so users should be able to remove it manually quite easily. Internet Explorer users can delete this piece of software through Control Panel, whereas DigiSmirkz extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can only be deleted via the Add-ons Manager. If you feel that you need some guidance, you are welcome to use our manual removal instructions. In case they are not very helpful too, perform the system scan with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter. Go to install security software right after getting rid of this potentially unwanted application because hundreds of similar toolbars have been developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., meaning that similar software might manage to enter your computer again.

Delete DigiSmirkz Toolbar manually

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Run (press Win+R).
  2. Type control panel in the box and press Enter.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs/Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the unwanted application.
  5. Click Remove/Uninstall.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and then immediately tap three buttons Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously.
  2. Select Extensions from the menu located on the left side of the page.
  3. Select the extension you wish to remove.
  4. Click on the Remove button.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F and then click Settings.
  3. Click More tools and select Extensions.
  4. In the Extensions page, select the unwanted extension.
  5. Click on the trash button.
  6. Click Remove.
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