|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages. Features a toolbar on top.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval. Sets custom search engine for home page as well as a custom toolbar.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Amazon Toolbar|
The Amazon Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after installation, attaches itself to your Internet browser and changes browser settings, like the homepage and the default search engine and every time a new tab is opened it loads its own custom search called Amazon Advanced Search. Also, it does redirects to its third party sites, annoying Amazon deals or ads.
Amazon Toolbar – How did I get it?
The Amazon Toolbar is a browser hijacker that either comes bundled with other potentially unwanted programs or is promoted by free installers. Installing freeware programs without clicking the “Advanced” tab and not reading what it may be installed with it, like “Yes, I wan’t Amazon Smart Search to be set as my default homepage“, and this includes not reading the EULA license agreement is the most certain way of getting this browser hijacker.
The setup file of the “Amazon Toolbar” hijacker may also be hidden behind annoying pop-ups that can redirect the user to other malicious third-party sites. Or those pop-ups can promote fake Adobe Flash plug-in updates. Once you agree to install those updates, you are giving your permission to the malicious program to install the “Amazon Toolbar” on your system along with other features like “Amazon Smart Search”.
Amazon Toolbar Browser Hijacker In Detail
The company Amazon has a legitimate “Amazon Toolbar” which is available through their official site for download, although you can also get it via various free programs and site pop-ups. It is actually only a toolbar button we have written about before, called “Amazon 1Button App”.
But After the Amazon Toolbar Browser Hijacker is installed on your system it will set your browser’s homepage to “amazon.com/websearch”add an Amazon Toolbar and make your default search engine to “Amazon Smart Search” which also opens with every single tab. After those features and components are installed, they will automatically invade your current proxy configuration and search settings, meaning that your system preferences will be changed without any prior notification.
The hijacker also starts tracking your activity on the internet. For instance, it collects different data about the web pages you visit, keywords you write in search fields, your download history, and also remembers your IP address. After collecting all needed data, this browser hijacker generates advertisements based on your interests and browsing habits. You may also notice redirects to amazon.com/gp/bit/amazonserp, but by Googling that site, it appears rather safe.
Removing Amazon Toolbar Completely
To remove Amazon Toolbar manually from your computer, make certain to follow the step-by-step removal guide below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this PUP completely , you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other, future threats you may come across.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Amazon Toolbar in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Amazon Toolbar.
Step 2: Remove Amazon Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Amazon Toolbar and click “Remove”
After Amazon Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Amazon Toolbar to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Amazon Toolbar has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Amazon Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Amazon Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Amazon Toolbar will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Amazon Toolbar.
Removing Amazon Toolbar from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Amazon Toolbar from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Amazon Toolbar.
Step 4: Remove Amazon Toolbar automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Amazon Toolbar associated objects.