|Type||Browser Toolbar, Adware, PUP|
|Short Description||The toolbar imitates a legitimate toolbar by a big Chinese service provider.|
|Symptoms||Intrusive advertisements, system errors.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Baidu Toolbar|
Have you heard of Baidu? The company is among the top web service providers on the Chinese market. Baidu includes a range of services, such as a Chinese language search engine and a browser. The legitimate Baidu toolbar is safe to use. According to latest security research, the legit Baidu toolbar has a malicious twin that is likely associated with Conduit . The double ‘shares’ the same logo with the legitimate service provider. However, if the user is being more careful, he will immediately notice the differences in the design of the two pages. Continue reading to learn how to differ the two Baidu toolbars and how to rid of the dangerous one.
Baidu Toolbar Features and Risk Evaluation
Baidu Toolbar Legitimate Edition & Malicious Double
Dubious software providers who imitate authentic products and services are not something unseen in the IT world. However, such ‘duplicates’ can be available online long enough to affect a vast number of users. Our research indicates that the case with the troublesome Baidu toolbar is of the sort.
Here is how the malicious Baidu Toolbar looks:
Here is how the legitimate Baidu Toolbar looks:
Once the primary file of the application is executed, the computer may crash and enter in a ‘blue screen of death’ loop. The attempt to stop the continuous crashes may be unsuccessful. The only way to stop the BSOD loop is by starting the machine in Safe Mode and using the System Restore option.
Baidu Toolbar Consequences
In some cases the toolbar may provoke a Blue screen of death type of error. However, in other cases, the program may compromise the system in other ways:
- The falsified Baidu Toolbar may collect anonymous and non-personal information from users via tracking technnologies.
- Baidu Toolbar may generate multiple advertisements – pop-ups, banners, in-text ads.
- Baidu Toolbar may crash the browser and interrupt the user’s session.
- Baidu Toolbar may have come bundled with other suspicious browser extensions and toolbars. Each potentially unwanted piece may endanger the system in a different way.
In addition, if you have an AV program installed and running on your machine, it may detect and block the toolbar:
Baidu Toolbar Removal Options
Using strong AV software is considered the most efficient way to strike back and clean the system completely. Keep in mind that malicious toolbars can mess with the Windows Registry – adding or deleting keys, depending on what they want to accomplish.
The SensorsTech team has compiled a removal guide that applies to toolbars like Baidu. After you have completed it, run a full system scan. You never know what may be hiding in the memory of your machine.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Baidu Toolbar in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Baidu Toolbar.
Step 2: Remove Baidu Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Baidu Toolbar and click “Remove”
After Baidu Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Baidu Toolbar to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Baidu Toolbar has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Baidu Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Baidu Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Baidu Toolbar will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Baidu Toolbar.
Removing Baidu Toolbar from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Baidu Toolbar from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Baidu Toolbar.
Step 4: Remove Baidu Toolbar automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Baidu Toolbar associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Baidu Toolbar from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Baidu Toolbar from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Baidu Toolbar from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Baidu Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Baidu Toolbar from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Baidu Toolbar from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Baidu Toolbar from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Baidu Toolbar from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Baidu Toolbar
Step 2: Uninstall Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu Toolbar there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Baidu Toolbar from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu 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 Baidu Toolbar will be removed.
Eliminate Baidu 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.