|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages. Features a toolbar on top.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval. Slows down the page loading reponse. Sets custom search engine for home page as well as new tab page.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling.Via redirects.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By SmarterPassword Toolbar|
A new ad-supported toolbar has appeared in the form of a browser extension for the most widely used web browsers, developed by the infamous Mindspark Interactive Inc, gathering complaints from users about affected PC performance and heavy advertising. Also, users have reported that the Toolbar hijacks the homepage of the affected PC with the purpose of administering ad-supported search results to third-party sites. Since some third-party sites may eventually be a threat to user PCs, security researchers strongly advise for the removal of SmarterPassword from affected PCs.
SmarterPassword Toolbar – How Did I Get It?
You may have downloaded SmarterPassword toolbar to your PC by being redirected to the download page of the application. Another way to let it slip by is called bundling. It is the most useful marketing tool to distribute third-party apps, and this is because most users don’t even notice it when they install freeware programs.
Due to the ‘fast-clicking syndrome’ in some users, they may have missed adding this browser hijacker in one of the install steps of a free program downloaded from a third-party site. More to it than that, some extensions may sometimes not be included at all in the installation steps of bundled installers. The only indication of such software is the EULA agreement, which a bigger part of users does not bother to read when they install freeware.
SmarterPassword Browser Hijacker in Detail
Prone to installation, the toolbar asks for certain permissions from the user to manage the browsing history, online clicks, downloads, extensions, themes, visited websites and others. The application also requests to modify site data, which means that there it may be related to highlighted text pop-up based advertisements, generated instantly when the mouse is dragged over it.
Also, the software sets myway based search engine that displays a big number of ad-supported search results before the original ones.
Once started, the toolbar featured external links to other websites that provide different password and security-oriented services. Also, it had several different tools such as testing how strong your password is and generating custom passwords.
However, the reason this toolbar is considered unsafe is the fact that it is ad-driven. The hijacker may not only display various ad-supported search results, pop-ups, and highlighted text, but it may have the ability also to cause browser redirects to third-party sites. The ads themselves may lead to some of those suspicious third-party online locations that may either scam out users out of their money or infect PCs with different malware.
Removing SmarterPassword Toolbar Fully
To remove this particular toolbar entirely from your computer, you should follow the step-by-step tutorial below. In case you are unsuccessful with the manual removal, or you still have the myway based search engine on your browser, you may want to be thorough and remove any leftover files. This can be done only with an advanced anti-malware program that will make sure every object that has ever been on your computer, situated with this PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is deleted. By installing such software, you also make sure that you are protected against any future intrusions of unwanted programs and malware.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword Toolbar.
Step 2: Remove SmarterPassword Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select SmarterPassword Toolbar and click “Remove”
After SmarterPassword Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall SmarterPassword Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword Toolbar.
Removing SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword Toolbar.
Step 4: Remove SmarterPassword 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 SmarterPassword Toolbar associated objects.