HealthcareGovTool is a browser add-on that is supposed to assist you as you browse the HealthCare.gov site and claims to be able to help you save money. This functionality may seem quite useful, but the application is ad-supported, and experts recommend its removal. The presence of the HealthcareGovTool on your computer is associated with various advertising materials injected in your browser as you surf online. The promoted ads are not only quite irritating, but they also hide a potential risk of malware infiltration in your system.
How Is HealthcareGovTool Distributed?
The tool can be downloaded online, but instead of acting as promised, it will deliver third party ads in the websites you visit. The toolbar may come bundled with other free programs, so users are advised to pay close attention to the installation process and select the Advanced settings, instead of clicking on the “Next” button until the installation is finished.
Adware programs tend to enter the user’s PC in packages, so if you cannot recall installing HealthcareGovTool yourself, but the pages you visit are filled with sponsored links and third party ads by HealthcareGovTool, you can be sure that the program has infiltrated the system with another piece of freeware, like a PDF creator, media player, etc.
What Does HealthcareGovTool Do?
HealthcareGovTool may cause the following issues on the affected machine
- Display pop-up, banner and in-text ads that disrupt your online browsing routine
- Introduce other adware programs to the compromised computer
- Lead to reduced browser performance
- May track certain personally non-identifiable information
Keep in mind that adware programs are supported by third party advertisers and aim to generate profit and boost the web traffic for their websites. The content of the web pages you land on after clicking on the pop-up ad may not be secure and expose your system to various risks.
How to Remove HealthcareGovTool from your Computer?
The tool can be removed manually or with an effective anti-malware program. Below, you will find a detailed step-by-step removal manual that will help you delete HealthcareGovTool from your PC permanently.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove HealthcareGovTool from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of HealthcareGovTool from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove HealthcareGovTool from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase HealthcareGovTool from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall HealthcareGovTool from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove HealthcareGovTool from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate HealthcareGovTool from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove HealthcareGovTool from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove HealthcareGovTool
Step 2: Uninstall HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of HealthcareGovTool from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as HealthcareGovTool, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool 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 HealthcareGovTool will be removed.
Eliminate HealthcareGovTool 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.