Alot 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Guide 1: How to Remove Alot Toolbar from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Alot Toolbar from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Alot Toolbar from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Alot Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Alot Toolbar from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Alot Toolbar from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Alot Toolbar from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Alot Toolbar from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Alot Toolbar
Step 2: Uninstall Alot Toolbar and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Alot Toolbar on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Alot Toolbar there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Alot Toolbar from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Alot Toolbar and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Alot Toolbar via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Alot Toolbar from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Alot Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Alot Toolbar from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Alot Toolbar from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Alot Toolbar will be removed.
Eliminate Alot Toolbar from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.