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Remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar (Removal Guide) - Tutorial

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EasyDocMerge Toolbar – a questionable extension that offers to merge documents and convert files

EasyDocMerge Toolbar

EasyDocMerge Toolbar, created by Mindspark Interactive,[1] is one of those toolbars that has been produced to popularize Ask search and make people visit affiliate websites. That's, of course, is initiated for one very simple reason – to generate advertising revenue. Therefore, you should think twice if you really need EasyDocMerge Toolbar. Even though it promises to “Merge separate PDF files into one PDF with this simple-to-use and powerful tool. Drag and drop files to rearrange the order” and provide other handy services, it may also perform additional tasks behind your back. Once installed on the targeted web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari, the suspicious object might alter settings and change the infected browser's homepage, new tab URL, and search engine directories to home.tb.ask.com.

Although EasyDocMerge Toolbar virus has its official promotion website, a widely known marketing technique (namely “bundling”[2]) is used for spreading it around the Internet. In fact, this rogue file converting extension has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it tends to spread as an attachment of other freeware, which is why it commonly appears on computers without being noticed.

Name EasyDocMerge Toolbar
Program type System tool
Search engine home.tb.ask.com
“Useful features” File converting, document merging, fast access to popular websites
Changes Suspicious changes are spotted in the homepage, search engine, and new tab URL of the web browsers
Appearance Questionable content is often brought together with other programs
Prevention Use Custom/Advanced configuration for controlling your downloads
Removal tips Reimage can help you to perform the removal of this tool quickly

Besides, once installed it rushes to set Ask as a default start page, search provider, and a new tab window. Although it is a legitimate search provider, corruption of the web browser's settings behind the user's back is not fair. Also, the new search engine with EasyDoxMerge Toolbar alongside can display sponsored content during your browsing.

In other words, you may start receiving sponsored links within search results and sponsored ads on each page you visit. That's because Ask is very likely to be affected by third parties that may try to popularize unpopular web pages. Thus, in order to prevent exposing your computer to various unfamiliar web pages, use neither the EasyDocMerge Toolbar, nor the search engine.

Not to mention, EasyDocMerge Toolbar is also blamed for recording users' search terms, websites accessed, clicks, and similar information. However, our security experts have noticed that it may also gather IP address, PC's location, email address, and similar information that you may not be willing to share. Thus, weigh all pluses and minuses of this toolbar and decide whether it's worth using it or not.

EasyDocMerge Toolbar virus
EasyDocMerge Toolbar - a suspicious system tool that modifies the browser's homepage, search engine, and new tab URL sections

In case you have already decided to remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Chrome and other web browsers, you can find the manual guide at the end of the article. For easier and more effective elimination, chose to run a computer program such as Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. However, feel free to pick any other reliable software if you are likely to.

You need to know that EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal is a necessary process if you want to reverse all changes that were made to your web browsers. Also, by removing the suspicious component you will avoid questionable and even potentially dangerous redirecting activities through which you can be taken to infectious web pages.

EasyDocMerge Toolbar system tool
EasyDocMerge Toolbar - potentially unwanted content that starts applying changes to browsers and performing suspicious redirecting, advertising activities

Distribution techniques of EasyDocMerge Toolbar 

The developer of this toolbar keeps developing thematic toolbars and spreading them using various techniques. Each of them offers different services. However, they share one common task – to promote Ask search. Even more, most of them tend to spread bundled with other freeware.

Consequently, if you tend to install free software without paying much attention to its installation process, you may not only end up with an unwanted toolbar, for instance, EasyDocMerge Toolbar, BigGameCountdown Toolbar, MyWebFace toolbar, etc. or another unwanted application.

To prevent this from happening, you should carefully monitor the entire freeware's installation process and uncheck ticks saying that you agree to install EasyDocMerge Toolbar or any of its clones. Besides, do not agree with the modification of DNS settings of your browser. Finally, in order to see 'optional downloads', don't forget to select Advanced/Custom installation mode.

Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn't do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of EasyDocMerge Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.

Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.

Other spreading techniques of potentially unwanted programs

According to cybersecurity experts from Virusai.lt,[3] potentially unwanted content often is delivered throughout bundled freeware or shareware, however, this is not the only distribution method. Suspicious components can enter the computer system and various devices throughout suspicious networks and websites also.

Preventing stealth installation of rogue programs and their “helper objects” is possible. It all depends on the user's will to take precautionary measures such as keeping a distance from peer-to-peer networks,[4] avoiding to click on questionable-looking content, for example, advertising posts, secondary downloading links, and other types of hyperlinks.

For additional protection, an anti-malware or antivirus tool will do the job. This type of software is capable of scanning the entire computer system and searching for suspicious content in various locations of the machine. Not only that these programs offer system scans but they also include threat protection, bombard alerts when entering potentially dangerous pages, and many other beneficial features.

Remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar from your operating system and browsers

If you spot suspicious content on your Windows or Mac machine, you need to get rid of it to ensure the highest level of computer optimization possible. For EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal, you should clean not only your Windows or Mac operating systems but also your web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

You can remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar virus by using your own effort and skills or you can get a reliable anti-malware tool[5] that will complete the entire job for you. For the first elimination method, you can scroll down and you will find some instructing steps that will allow cleaning your entire computer. Talking about automatical removal, you can install our suggested tools or find another one which will suit your needs.

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To remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Windows systems

Refresh your entire Windows computer and operating system to get rid of all suspicious-looking processes and content. Use these instructions for a clearer view of the method:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall EasyDocMerge Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for EasyDocMerge Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

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.

Get rid of EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Mac OS X system

Clean your Mac machine from suspicious content that might have been brought by the potentially unwanted program. To succeed in this process, try out the following guide:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for EasyDocMerge Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Get rid of all suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from your Internet Explorer browser by following this helping guide:

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for EasyDocMerge Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

With the help of the below-given steps you can easily refresh and clean your Microsoft Edge web browser application:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, EasyDocMerge Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Erase all potentially unwanted content and “helper objects” from Mozilla Firefox web browser. If you need some help with the process, use the following guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select EasyDocMerge Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Google Chrome

If Google Chrome got hijacked by the EasyDocMerge Toolbar, you can get rid of all questionable content and changes by following the below-provided guidelines:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select EasyDocMerge Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall EasyDocMerge Toolbar from Safari

Reverse all changes in Safari that have been performed by the suspicious toolbar by using these instructions:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for EasyDocMerge Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by EasyDocMerge 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 EasyDocMerge Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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