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Remove search.certified-toolbar.com and Uninstall Certified Toolbar

Namesearch.certified-toolbar.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionCertified Toolbar is promoted as a useful toolbar. However, it may change the user’s homepage without his permission.
SymptomsRedirects to predefined pages.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), or visiting suspicious websites.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By search.certified-toolbar.com

According to security experts, certified-toolbar.com (search.certified-toolbar.com) is classified as a browser hijacker that takes over the browser without the user’s knowledge or consent. It may seem that the toolbar can be downloaded from the official website. However, the download button is currently inactive. Thus, search.certified-toolbar.com may come bundled with free or ad-supported software. The ads that are displayed on search.certified-toolbar.com also seem suspicious.certified-toolbar-downloadcertiified-toolbar-ads

They may be promoting troublesome PC software such as Windows 7 PC Repair, as we were redirected to reimageplus.com. We also viewed Ads by Reimage. Even though the ads themselves are not malicious, downloading any of the promoted software may harm the PC.
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Description of search.certified-toolbar.com

It is likely that once the toolbar is downloaded to the PC, possibly in a freeware package, the user’s homepage will be changed to search. certified-toolbar.com. The toolbar may be compatible with all widely used browsers – Explorer, Mozilla, Chrome.

Besides being redirected to the page promoting Windows 7 PC Repair, the user may end up at the following www.uniblue.com page:
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As already mentioned, downloading any of that software may affect the PC’s performance. If such software is installed, the user may start seeing constant and annoying pop-up alerts and windows about various PC errors.

Description of Certified Toolbar

Certified Toolbar is developed by SimplyGen and is a browser add-on that may come bundled with various freeware products. Thus, it may be regarded as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Furthermore, Certified Toolbar is also described as a browser hijacker because it changes the user’s homepage to search.certified-toolbar.com.

Removal of Certified Toolbar

To remove all traces of the suspicious toolbar, you can follow the manual instructions provided below. However, scanning the system afterwards is also crucial to your PC’s safety since more PUPs may have entered the system in a veiled manner.

Before you begin cleaning up your browsers from this hijacker, you need to stop any processes from the task manager and delete any programs associated with it.

To do this:

1. Open the Task Manager in Windows by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then choosing Start Task Manager.

2. Locate the malicious processes then mark them with your mouse. Once done, click on End Process.

3. Go to Control Panel

4. Type in the search box Uninstall A Program. Then click on the same text result.

5. Mark the malicious program if there is any.

For Internet Explorer:

1. Right-click on Internet Explorer.

2. Click on Properties from the fall-down menu.

3. Remove the web link after the iexplore.exe if there is any.

4. Right-click on Internet Explorer icon, that should be pinned on the Windows Taskbar.

5. Choose ‘In-Private Browsing’

6. Click on the gear wheel on the top right side under the ‘X’ button.

7. Choose Internet Options.

8. Choose one of the two options – General or Use New Tab and click on Apply on the bottom right side of the window.

For Google Chrome

1. Right-Click on Google Chrome

2. Click on Properties from the fall-down menu.

3. Remove the web link after the chrome.exe in the Target field if there is any.

4. Open Google Chrome.

5. In the address bar type chrome://settings/homepageoverlay

6. Erase any custom added pages or click on Use New Tab Page

7. In the address bar type chrome://settings/startup

8. Click ‘X’on the homepage that you have to remove.

9. In the address bar type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

10. Click on ClearBrowserData.

11. In the address bar type chrome://extensions

12. Remove any extensions associated with the hijacker.

For Mozilla Firefox

1. Right Click on Mozilla Firefox

2. Click on Properties from the fall-down menu.

3. Remove the web link after firefox.exe in the Target field.

1. Go to Options from the top right fall-down menu.

2. Click on Restore To Default, which is under the homepage field.

3. Go to History.

4. Click on Clear Recent History

5. Tick every option, then click on OK.

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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

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys 'Mr. Robot' and fears '1984'.

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