Certified Toolbar Virus is a browser hijacker that can be infiltrated to any of Internet browsers, for example, all versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It is classified as a browser hijacker because Certified Toolbar changes your home page as well as search page without your consent. You will not be able to perform any search inquiry without being redirected to search(dot)certified-toolbar(dot)com . The makers of the toolbar make money by displaying advertisements in the search page and the results. There are no search page changing instructions on the main website, so the visitors would have trouble changing the search providers back to regular engines like Google or Bing.
Malware is installed together with various shareware bundles. It may be either of ways: by pre-selecting confirm buttons or without any additional user choice. Many of the advertised freeware programs are of little actual value, like one of the many youtube downloaders or MP3 rippers. However, they try to earn money from advertising this Certified Toolbar and thus annoying software users.
Certified toolbar virus is distributed aggressively since it earns good money for its developers. For example, some of its versions use Blekko search engine, which pays for the referred searchers. It also displays various pop-up advertisements of its own as well as generates traffic to its sites. Virus is programmed to monitor user’s Internet habits as well as collect personal information, such as credit card information, logins and passwords. This information may be used for various purposes, one of which is to display advertisements according to user’s likes.
We strongly recommend removing Certified toolbar virus from your browsers. It not only accesses your personal information and may slow down your computer but also it may infiltrate more viruses.
To get rid of this toolbar completely one should perform a full system scan using antimalware program. Reliable software for this purpose is spyhunter or Hitman Pro. A scan is needed since the toolbar might have been installed by malware. After a scan is completed do following:
- Go to Control Panel and run Uninstall the toolbar if it still exists there.
- Open IE Press on the arrow close to search bar, set default search engine to google and then delete the certified toolbar website from the list.
- Open Firefox (optional). Enter about:config. Search for keyword.url, browser.search.defaultengine, browser.search.selectedengine, browser.newtab.url . Reset each of these values.
- Open Google Chrome (optional). Click on gear icon, go to settings, manage search engines, change search engine back to google and delete Certified toolbar from the list. Then Go to section “On start” and make sure you get blank page while creating new tab.
Thats all. Remember, that the most of decent internet Security and anti-malware programs protect from such Toolbars like Certified Toolbar virus. Make sure you run one of them all the time.
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