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Alot Toolbar Removal Manual

alot-searchbar-toolbarAlot is a suspicious toolbar that is believed to be installed onto the web browser in combination with other freeware as a harmful object. Its primary activities may include bombarding the system with aggressive advertising and redirecting the user to websites that may or may not promote suspicious software. We have looked into the application and its developers website and have discovered some interesting details about it.

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How Does Alot Toolbar Work?

This toolbar offers various services, such as easy access to all of the websites that you are using, without having to open new web pages for them. For example, if you want to login Facebook, you might be able to do this by clicking on the ‘Facebook’ button. After this, a medium-sized pop-up appears that prompts you to enter your Facebook credentials and log in through it, without having to open a new tab. We have visited their website and found out that they offer variety of apps for services that you may have user accounts in.

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This is all fine and looks kind of useful, we have to admit. However, there were some minor issues that grasped our attention. One of those were some of the statements that were described in their privacy policy, seen below.

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As visible, the company states that it may gather and share both non-personal and personal information with third parties for various purposes. Non-personal information, such as information about the browser version, IP addresses, the location, might be collected actively, similar to other websites. However, if you use the app and enable the ‘Discover Feature’, they state that they may obtain your personal information and may share it ‘in any way’ and they also wrote that there are no restrictions to that.

As soon as we installed the toolbar, a pop-up appeared, asking us whether or not to enable this ‘Discovery Feature’ that will improve our browsing (not sure how), by gathering some information. After we had agreed, it displayed a small window, which asked for different details, such as name, address, age, monthly income, etc. Interesting that they claim never to send out the personal information on the pop-up, which is exactly the opposite to the previously mentioned privacy policy.

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We have downloaded the toolbar from the website of Alot (www.alot.com) and after doing so it prompted us to choose whether or not we want to install their search engine (search.alot.com). It displays results that are powered by Google and also displays random advertisements. When we clicked on those ads, we were redirected to third-party sites of unknown origins.

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Also, when we performed a scan with special software that detects potential threats to the PC, it immediately identified Alot toolbar as a malicious software.

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Bear in mind that even though this toolbar may seem harmless if you don`t enter your personal information, it may still collect and store another type of non-personal info from your PC. Also, similar browser hijackers are believed to come bundled with other free software so be careful when you install freeware programs. Always choose the ‘Custom Installation’ option if present, to see any included software, such as Alot Toolbar. We suspect that it may be used to generate profits to its developers and their business partners.

Uninstall Alot Toolbar

If you have Alot Toolbar and you feel like you information has been compromised, you should act swiftly to remove it. To do that, it is recommended to follow the steps below or if you are not a professional in dealing with cyber security threats, refer to special software that will provide active protection for you.

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1. Remove/Uninstall Alot Toolbar

1. Remove/Uninstall Alot 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Alot Toolbar.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove Alot Toolbar from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Alot Toolbar and click “Remove

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    After Alot Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Alot Toolbar and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Alot Toolbar is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Alot 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’.

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    After Alot Toolbar has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Alot Toolbar
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Alot Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Alot Toolbar will be removed.

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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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