Removal instructions

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  (20/100) is also known as Certified Toolbar | Type: Browser Hijackers | Tags: Google redirect may try to create an image that it's a legitimate website, which was designed to help users with their search sessions on the Internet. However, many security experts have started to categorize it as browser hijacker because of its continuous redirections to unwanted websites. After getting inside the system, this hijacker virus changes DNS settings and hijacks all popular browsers, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. As a result, every search session is finished on or other search-related website that offers its services. Besides, it can easily alter homepage settings, install its toolbar (Certified Toolbar) and start tracking your browsing habits. This information is important for marketing companies that even pay the money for getting it. As you can see, should be avoided because it may lead you to various problems.


The browser hijacker, which is connected to website, is spread using spam e-mail attachments, freeware or shareware programs, so you should avoid visiting unofficial websites and downloading programs from them. As soon as it gets inside the PC, it alters system settings and causes redirections on any browser you use. So, no matter which search engine you open, Bing, Google, Yahoo or other, search results will be redirected to or other trustworthy-looking domain. This virus may slow the system down, display unwanted pop-up ads and commercial messages. Besides, it may lead you to hacked sites that spread unwanted programs or even malware. While this website is not infected by itself, we do not recommend ignoring redirections.

HOW CAN I REMOVE redirect virus?

To stop all this havoc, which was initiated by Certified toolbar, you should change your computer's settings back to normal. For that, follow these steps:

Automatic Removal Guide

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Step 1

Uninstall and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Windows 8
  • 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.
Uninstall and related programs
  • Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

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 or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • 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 from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
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 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 removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select 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 removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select 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 removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
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 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, 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 removal process.

Step 4

Complete removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Map reveals the prevalence of Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: India and United States.

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Thank you! I didnt know what was happening when I kept getting re-directed to, until I googled it and came here. Following your instructions, I had it removed in just a few minutes.
Nach Ihren Vorgaben, hatte ich es in ein paar Minuten entfernt. umgeleitet gehalten, bis ich es gegoogelt
Nach Ihren Vorgaben, hatte ich es in ein paar Minuten entfernt
Was sind die Vorgaben???
I tried over and over but it just was not going to be . it has infected my microsoft word too
I spend U$39 wirh spyhuner and irt didnt remove it
K J Boland
tried everything, Malware bytes, SuperANTISpyware and paid for SpyHunter.

Spyhunter finds and says it removes, but it always is there when I reload firefox.

Note: it is not showing as an add on. or as a program to remove.

I tried SpyHunter and MalwareBytes Anti-malware. but both failed. At best, they crippled the bastard virus a bit and it became not that annoying, but knowing that he was still there was unsettling. The directions to MANUALLY kill it that are available in some forum on the web would be the best, but they are really difficult to follow, since they are intended for specialists and many step are missing. I sorted it out by entrusting the specialized company,, to do the job and at a cost of about 70 USD they took over my PC and got rid of this virus in 20 minutes. I suggest it to everyone who is not an expert. At the moment no antivirus software can kill it. I am a private and I have nothing to do with, I support them because they sorted me out fast and professionally.
um..uh oh
ok so i installed the spy hunter...or so called...its making it so i cant uninstall it and other aplications it has deemed as viruses... CAUTION DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE THAT POS! IT DOES NOT HELP!
grant mitchell
How much information do you need from the good people, for gods sake. CertifiedTToolbar, by its own accounts, is based in Ben Gurion Rd. somewhere in Israel. The interpretation you give of the identity of this extremedly hostle malware is pure disinformation. This toolbar/ hijacker does not log into the Windows reference pages, cannot be searched for, located, or removed, regardless of what you say. It even destroys my ability to print news, albeit political, articles. Please, please, no more baby talk.
Martin Stander
Windows 7. I uninstalled it and removed it from my browsers. Unfortunately this had no effect. My infestation was so bad that the complete Office suite was infected. I open Outlook and is greeted with Certified-Toolbar Search. I open Excel and the same thin happens. I tried deleting it in the Registry with no luck. I would reboot and it is still there. Do another search of the Registry and there is nothing. But still it is everywhere in the browsers and Office.

As a last resort I rolled back Windows to the day I knew I got infected. Voila, its gone. If you get infected, spare yourself the trouble and just roll back
I tried to roll it back, but it said it couldnt do it because some files were still in use, even tried spybot in safe mode, still there.
Spent 2 months trying to get rid of this (couldnt roll-back because of some necessary security files added later). Gave up. Last week, however, got infected by some other browser-hijacker. 2 hours of cleaning out Control Panel, browsers, registry files. Final result: not only removed the new hijacker, but that hijacker had managed to kick out Search.Certified-Toolbar. Admittedly, not the best solution to this problem, but thought it might help to know that curing the re-infection appears to cure the original disease.
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works fine. thanks
poutanas gios
as anyone been able to delete because everything I tried hasnt worked PLEASE HELP

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