Many users have been searching for effective ways to remove the Amazon toolbar from their browsers. The Amazon Toolbar also known as Amazon Smart Search Toolbar is a browser add-on developed to help users of Amazon by showing notifications of shopping deals, displaying product comparisons and price comparisons, and so on. It is important to note that the toolbar is not malicious but it still may be annoying for users who haven’t downloaded it willingly.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Every browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you a lot of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page. Various advertisements could show up, unrelated to your searches.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Amazon Toolbar |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Amazon Toolbar.|
Update August 2017. Users of the most popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox have been reporting that the toolbar showed up in their browsers without their actual consent. This is possible due to the method of bundling where various browser plugins and other apps are bundled together with freeware products. To avoid such unwanted installations, always be cautious when installing free software from the Internet and un-check additional products.
Also, note that the Amazon Toolbar may attach itself to your Internet browser and change browser settings, like the homepage and the default search engine. Every time a new tab is opened it loads its own custom search called Amazon Advanced Search. Also, it may redirects to its third party sites, Amazon deals and various ads. Even though this behavior is close to what a browser hijacker might do, Amazon Toolbar is a legitimate add-on that could also be helpful to customers. Nonetheless, the removal of the add-on may not be as easy as it sounds, and this article should guide you through the removal process of Amazon Toolbar.
Amazon Toolbar – How did I get it?
The Amazon Toolbar is a legitimate add-on that either comes bundled with freeware programs and is promoted by free installers. Installing freeware programs without clicking the “Advanced” tab and not reading what may be installed with it, like “Yes, I want Amazon Smart Search to be set as my default homepage“, often leads to the installation of unwanted add-ons, browser hijackers and PUPs. To avoid this from happening, always pay attention to the EULA and download agreement of each program you download.
Such installers may come from bundled software and freeware that is packed with additional features. The unpacking of additional software could happen without prior notifications. For example, you may have installed a video converter or some other free program which may have included the Amazon Toolbar as a bonus.
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.
After the Amazon Toolbar is installed on your browser it will set your browser’s homepage to “amazon.com/websearch” and may add the toolbar. It may also change your default search engine to “Amazon Smart Search” which may open with every new tab.
The toolbar may also track your activity on the Internet. For instance, it may collect different data about the web pages you visit, keywords you write in search fields, your download history, and may also remember your IP address. After collecting all needed data, the add-on may start generating advertisements based on your interests and browsing habits. You may also notice redirects to amazon.com/gp/bit/amazonserp.
Removing Amazon Toolbar Completely
To remove Amazon Toolbar manually from your computer, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal guide below. In case the manual removal does not help you in removing the add-on, you may want to try and remove it with the help of professional removal software. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from various malicious threats and attempts aimed at hijacking your browsers and OS.