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|
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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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Amazon Toolbar from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Amazon Toolbar from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Amazon Toolbar from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Amazon Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Amazon Toolbar from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Amazon Toolbar from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Amazon Toolbar from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Amazon Toolbar from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Amazon Toolbar
Step 2: Uninstall Amazon 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 Amazon 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 Amazon Toolbar there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Amazon Toolbar from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Amazon 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 Amazon 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 Amazon Toolbar files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Amazon Toolbar, 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 Amazon 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 Amazon 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 Amazon 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 Amazon 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 Amazon Toolbar will be removed.
Eliminate Amazon 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.