There hasn’t been much information, regarding the APN Toolbar (otherwise detected as PUP.Optional.APNToolBar.Gen). However, some security experts recognize it as a Potentially Unwanted Program. Also, reports have been received in some security forums that it has been detected in numerous PCs. Some claim that APN may stand for Ask Partner Network, though it hasn’t been confirmed that it has anything to do with the ask.com search engine.
Either way, some claim that this PUP usually may install itself on your computer automatically, via updates of freeware you might have downloaded, like McAfee updates, Java, Flash Player and so on.
APNToolbar – How Does It Work?
The suspicious toolbar may situate itself on your computer in the most common way PUPs do – in combination with freeware, whose installer program may be downloaded from third-party sites. However, there are also other unconfirmed ways that it can be installed, which might usually be hidden from the user. For example, it may be installed via a program update that might be mentioned in the Policies of the freeware that a user may have installed.
The potential consequences of such program usually are not dangerous in any way to the computer. However, chances are that it may display advertisements on your web browser that could redirect to sites that might have the abilities to obtain your:
- Personal Credentials.
- Bank Account Numbers.
- Other Non-Identifiable information (browsing history, etc.).
PUP’s may not pose a direct threat to your system, but it is necessary to be careful when it comes to them.
How to Remove APNToolBar?
In case you have suspicions that this toolbar may have been installed on your computer and may pose a threat, it is recommended to uninstall it fully. This might prove to be tricky since some users report that they had no actual knowledge that this program even existed on their systems. That’s why it is advisable to seek out professional software that detects and offers constant protection from such programs.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove APNToolBar from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of APNToolBar from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove APNToolBar from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase APNToolBar from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall APNToolBar from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove APNToolBar from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate APNToolBar from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove APNToolBar from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove APNToolBar
Step 2: Uninstall APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of APNToolBar from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as APNToolBar, 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar 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 APNToolBar will be removed.
Eliminate APNToolBar 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.