|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.