Alexa Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program, which is owned by Amazon and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Mostly, users install this program on their computers because they expect helpful information from it - Alexa Toolbar provides varied information about sites, like traffic rankings, user reviews and similar data. However, this is not the only feature which Alexa Toolbar can be known for. This program may also initiate some annoying activities on computer, for example show continuous pop-up advertisements and collect data about the user. Typically, this program tracks its users and collects data about web browser and operating system, addresses of visited sites and products that were purchased via its service. However, it seems that those who have Alexa Toolbar are especially annoyed by its Amazon shopping button, which appears when you hover your mouse over some product.
HOW CAN ALEXA TOOLBAR APPEAR ON MY COMPUTER?
Alexa Toolbar can be downloaded from various websites that are used for promoting similar programs. However, you may also download it in a bundle with other programs, such as freeware and shareware. Note that this can be easily avoided by paying more attention to installation process of freeware and shareware. You should simply check installation windows of the freeware you are going to install and get rid of the check mark, which agrees to download Alexa Toolbar. If you use Alexa Toolbar and you don't think that it's annoying, you can leave it on your computer without any concerns. This program is NOT a virus, just a potentially unwanted application.
HOW TO REMOVE ALEXA TOOLBAR?
If you want to remove Alexa Toolbar from your computer, first thing you should do is to uninstall it via Add/Remove Programs feature. You can do that with a help of those programs that are listed below or by using the manual removal guide:
Alexa Toolbar properties
• Connects itself to the internet
• Stays resident in background
You can remove Alexa Toolbar automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
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Alexa Toolbar manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\[XVS]\User Agent\Post Platform\Alexa Toolbar
alexaie.dll, alxres.dll, alxtb.dll, alxtb1.dllDelete files:
alexaie.dll, alxres.dll, alxtb.dll, alxtb1.dll
C:\Program Files\Alexa Toolbar
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for Alexa Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Alexa Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Alexa Toolbar removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Here, select Alexa Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Alexa Toolbar removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Here, select Alexa Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Alexa Toolbar removal.
What is adware?
Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.
Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Alexa Toolbar:
• Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
• Appearance of banners and in-text ads
• Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
• Changes in homepage and default search engine
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser