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Remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar (Removal Instructions) - 2020 update

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DictionaryBoss Toolbar – a useless tool that will spam your Google Chrome browser with ads

DictionaryBoss ToolbarDictionaryBoss Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program that specializes in advertising revenue

DictionaryBoss Toolbar is a browser extension developed by Mindspark Interactive and currently distributed by the Ask Applications. While the app is available on Google Web store, users may often find their web browser homepage, and a new tab changed to MyWay soon after they download and install freeware from third-party sites – this is because developers often use software bundling for its distribution.

From the first sight, DictionaryBoss Toolbar might seem like a good addition to the Google Chrome or another web browser, as it seemingly helps users with using a customized dictionary right from the front page. However, due to deceptive distribution techniques, as well as its browser hijacking[1] capabilities, DictionaryBoss has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program that brings intrusive advertisements and tracks information about users' web browsing habits.

Name DictionaryBoss Toolbar 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program 
Developer Mindspark Interactive
Publisher Ask Applications
Customized search MyWay search
Distribution  Official Google Web Store, third-party software installers, online advertising 
Symptoms  Homepage and new tab address altered, a customized MyWay search engine appended, search results filled with sponsored links
Risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal and anonymous data disclosure
Removal If your browser is appended with a browser extension only, its termination from it can be performed easily; however, if you have a standalone application installed, you will have to get rid of it by following the instructions below
Optimization  For best results, we recommend scanning the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

As mentioned, DictionaryBoss Toolbar might be installed intentionally via the official store or might be advertised on various websites. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that the hijacker might be installed as a standalone application. In such a case, DictionaryBoss Toolbar removal cannot be performed via the browser, but instead, you should follow steps provided at the bottom section.

Talking about functionality, DictionaryBoss Toolbar relies on its dictionary-based features, such as spellcheck and text translation. As it turns out, the function ultimately does not work, making the extension virtually useless.

Additionally, DictionaryBoss Toolbar hijacker includes multiple links to legitimate websites, such as Twitter, YouTube, TripAdvisor, Gmail, Instagram, etc. Nevertheless, keep in mind that this functionality is embedded within all modern browsers, and you can customize it as you please by adding links you are using the most when browsing the web.

Upon installation, users will be forced to search the web via a customized search engine powered by MyWay – a popular search tool used by various potentially unwanted programs. The major difference between using this engine and a reputable one (such as Google.com), is the number of sponsored links that it provides. Users need to scroll down to find the organic[2] results – those that not have been paid for to be at the top.

DictionaryBoss Toolbar hijackerDictionaryBoss Toolbar is a browser hijacker their reads information about your online behavior and directs you to sponsored websites

That being said, DictionaryBoss Toolbar can fundamentally change the way you browse the web, all while the developers benefit from the website visits via the pay-per-click scheme that is commonly used to monetize. Additionally, you might encounter links that bring you to sites of a poor reputation, where you might be persuaded to install other potentially unwanted programs or provide personal information.

Besides directing you to sponsored sites and filling your searches with ads, DictionaryBoss Toolbar will also monitor your online behavior by using various tracking tools, including cookies, web beacons, and other technologies. The collected data may include:

  • IP address
  • Browser type
  • Time stamp
  • Keyword queries[3]
  • Search terms
  • Links clicked, etc.

Keep in mind that DictionaryBoss Toolbar can read and change data on a number of websites that you are visiting, including all dictionaryboss.com sites, anx.tb.ask.com, hp.myway.com, and live.tb.ask.com. Essentially, the information you type, which may include personal details, might be collected for marketing purposes.

All in all, while calling this extension/app a “DictionaryBoss Toolbar virus” is not entirely correct, it is understandable why users might refer to it this way. Besides, some said that had issues when they tried to remove DictionaryBoss from their machines – a common property of PUPs and malware.

Many anti-malware programs might help you get rod of DictionaryBoss Toolbar if you are having problems, although it should not be difficult to do if the browser hijacking capabilities are related to the browser extension – simply right-click on it and pick Remove. For best results, we recommend resetting web browsers and scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if system errors are encountered after the removal process.

Some PUP distribution tactics involve deception

DictionaryBoss can be downloaded manually or in a bundle with other applications. If you need it, you can find this program on its official website or other sites that are involved in its distribution. However, it may also show up on your computer after downloading such freeware as PDF Creators, video creators, and similar. If you found DictionaryBoss on your computer out of nowhere, it may look like it infiltrated your machine as a virus.

In reality, you just missed a checkmark, which notified you about this additional download. That’s why you should be very careful when downloading such or similar programs on your computer. Remember, this program is not a virus, but it may cause you several problems, such as the disclosure of your personal information, annoying browser redirects, and other activities. 

There are plenty of search tools available – so many that it might even get confusing what to use. Without diving deep into which search provider is the best, we highly recommend sticking to the most popular engines like Google or Bing.

DictionaryBoss Toolbar detectionPlenty of security applications will stop you from installing DictionaryBoss Toolbar

DictionaryBoss removal instructions

When trying to remove DictionaryBoss, you should use these special instructions:

Uninstall programs that are related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar from your computer:

  1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
  2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for DictionaryBoss Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
  3. Click Uninstall and then OK to save the changes.

Reset Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
  2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (DictionaryBoss Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
  3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose Settings -> On startup section → set pages.
  4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.

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To remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar, follow these steps:

Delete DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Windows systems

To remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DictionaryBoss Toolbar-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DictionaryBoss Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DictionaryBoss Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DictionaryBoss Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the DictionaryBoss Toolbar-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case DictionaryBoss Toolbar did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete DictionaryBoss Toolbar removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the DictionaryBoss Toolbar-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete DictionaryBoss Toolbar removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete DictionaryBoss Toolbar from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to DictionaryBoss Toolbar and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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