|Short Description||The toolbar promises to find home improvement tips, DIY tutorials, money-saving suggestions, recipe ideas, etc.|
|Symptoms||The search provider is changed to guard-search.com.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or from its official website.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By HowToSimplified Toolbar|
What Is HowToSimplified Toolbar?
HowToSimplified Toolbar is yet another browser extension that you do not want to have on your computer. This toolbar promises that it will provide users with help you find home improvement tips, DIY tutorials, money-saving suggestions, recipe ideas, etc. Right now you may think that the program is useful, but there is more to it. HowToSimplified Toolbar is classified as a browser hijacker. This means that once it has been installed, it will change the homepage and default search provider on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Such programs are considered as potential risks for the system, and it is advised that you do not keep them on your PC.
What Does HowToSimplified Toolbar Do?
HowToSimplified Toolbar is yet another program by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This means that it is the same as other unwanted applications such as EasyMailLogin Toolbar, FindMeFreebies, and MapsGalaxy.
After being installed, the program will immediately change the settings of your browser. Mywebsearch.com will be set as your default search provider and homepage. This search engine is not one that we recommend using. It is not as reliable as Google, Yahoo or Bing, for instance, and will display sponsored links. The toolbar will also start presenting pop-up and banner advertisements, and you can expect sudden redirects to unknown websites.
Is HowToSimplified Toolbar Dangerous?
The browser extension itself is harmless. However, its activities, apart from being really irritating, can expose you to online risks. It is possible for some of the ads and sponsored links that it shows to lead to malicious websites. Cyber criminals are known to exploit such programs in order to advertise their harmful websites. So, with the presence of HowToSimplified Toolbar, you can easily end up on a web page operated by hackers. Then, your PC will be at risk of being infected. Even if malware does not attack your computer, some other scam, such as a phishing scam, may be attempted.
How Did HowToSimplified Toolbar Get on My PC?
This program can be acquired from its official website. Still, programs such as this try to get installed without being noticed. This is why HowToSimplified Toolbar can be found attached to a variety of free programs. Because of this, it is strongly advised that you be careful when installing free applications. Here are some things you can do to avoid bundled downloads:
- Do not download any programs from third-party websites.
- Take your time with the installation. Carefully read all information presented to you.
- Choose Advanced/Custom installation, so that you will be able to decline additional software featured on the installer.
How to Remove HowToSimplified Toolbar
You can get rid of this program by uninstalling it the way you would any other program. Go to Control Panel, then to the list of programs, find the toolbar and uninstall it. Next, you need to reset your browser’s settings in order to remove the unwanted search engine.
You should know that this is not enough to ensure your system’s security. After all, more unwanted programs could have been uninstalled without you noticing. And your system is definitely susceptible to infection. It is strongly recommended that you install powerful security software on your computer that will get rid of all intruders and protect the PC against any future attempts at compromising it.
1. Remove/Uninstall HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified Toolbar.
[/su_spoiler] 2. Remove HowToSimplified Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select HowToSimplified Toolbar and click “Remove”
After HowToSimplified Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall HowToSimplified Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the HowToSimplified Toolbar will be removed.
3. Use an advanced anti-malware program to scan your computer for any left-over objects such as registry entries and other files after uninstall.
To clean your computer you must download an updated anti-malware program then install it. After that you should scan your computer to remove all HowToSimplified Toolbar associated and left-over objects.