Remove Certified Toolbar
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Certified Toolbar | Type: Browser Hijackers

Certified Toolbar can be presented as a browser add-on, but there are many security experts worldwide who have included it to the category of browser hijackers. As we know, it has been developed by SimplyGen. It's the same company, which has already been mentioned on our project when talking about annoying redirections to Searchcompletion.com caused by Complitly. Similarly, Certified Toolbar has also been reported for its annoying redirections to various domains, including Search.certified-toolbar.com and similar. Be aware, that you may also be redirected to websites that spread malware! This program has also been noticed altering user's homepage settings and collecting the browsing history in order to show relevant search results for him. If you haven't installed it by yourself, we highly recommend to uninstall Certified Toolbar from your computer because it clearly violates privacy rules.

HOW CAN I GET CERTIFIED TOOLBAR ON MY COMPUTER?

There are several methods how can you get Certified Toolbar on your computer. First method (the good one) is downloading it from its official website. This means that you are aware about all the risks of this toolbar and see more benefits than risks in using it in your daily cyber routine. However, there is another method how you can get Certified Toolbar on your machine. It involves other programs (shareware and freeware in most of the cases) that have included it into their components' list. Be aware that this method is illegal and it is used only for monetization purpose. Once downloaded, Certified Toolbar gets on every browser it finds and makes you use it every time you start using your Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome or other browser. Additionally, it starts initiating unwanted redirections every time you begins your browsing sessions. To sum up, you shoudl know one thing: we don't recommend keeping this program on your computer if you haven't installed it manually. You have to remove Certified Toolbar from your machine ASAP.

HOW CAN I REMOVE CERTIFIED Toolbar?

In order to remove Certified toolbar and stop its redirections to Search.certified-toolbar.com or other domains, you should follow these steps:

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Manual Certified Toolbar Removal Guide

Step 1

Uninstall Certified Toolbar and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Certified 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.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Certified Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove Certified Toolbar from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3

Remove Certified Toolbar from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Certified Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • 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 preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • 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 Certified Toolbar removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Certified Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Certified Toolbar removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Certified Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • 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 Certified Toolbar removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Certified Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Certified Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Certified Toolbar removal process.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Certified Toolbar:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Certified Toolbar

This map reveals the prevalence of Certified Toolbar. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: India, Germany and United States.

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Certified Toolbar qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Certified Toolbar are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Certified Toolbar right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-14 08:59
Information updated: 2014-08-14 08:59

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