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GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar Removal Guide

What is GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar?

GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar – a browser hijacker that tries to appeal to people with certain interests

GardeningEnthusiast ToolbarThe potentially unwanted program changes settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers

GardeningEnthusiast is a browser plugin developed by Mindspark Interactive and can be downloaded from Google Chrome store or other official sources. Nevertheless, most users notice it right after installing free applications from the internet. This is because this browser hijacker[1] travels within software bundles and users fail to spot an optional program inside the installer.

As soon as the toolbar is installed, In changes the homepage, new tab address, as well as search engine and redirects all searches to search.myway.com. Myway is one of the biggest browser-hijacking engines that is associated with questionable marketing techniques, intrusive ads, and sponsored content that might not be entirely safe.

While GardeningEnthusiast is meant to help users find all the information about plant cultivation, all it is trying to do is gain revenue from miserable web users' experience, which is often forgotten by potentially unwanted program authors. For that reason, it is best to remove the PUP from your device, especially if it entered without your permission.

Name GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar
Type Potentially unwanted program/Browser hijacker
Developer Mindspark Interactive
Related tools Maps Galaxy, CryptoPriceSearch, Your Template Finder, etc.
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
Infiltration Software bundles, official sources
Symptoms Altered web browser settings, increased amounts of ads, sponsored links, etc.
Risk factors Installation of other PUPs or even malware, money loss, sensitive data exposure to unknown parties
Termination Delete the toolbar manually as per the instructions below or make use of automatic option by using reliable security software
System health Repair virus damage by employing the ReimageIntego system tune-up tool

GardeningEnthusiast is not the only thematic tool created by the same developers. Each of them is targeted at a specific auditory, for instance, those who need translations of certain texts (TranslationBuddy Toolbar), who continuously shop online and need to keep track of their parcels (TrackAPackage Toolbar), who likes cooking and looks for new recipes (RecipeSearch Toolbar), and so on. Unfortunately, none of these toolbars should be trusted.

According to security experts, these toolbars can hardly be useful because their primary purpose is to promote third-party websites, their products, services, and software. The majority of the users report that it infiltrated computers without their consent.

This way, this dubious GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar virus gets the ability to display sponsored search results and make people visit predetermined websites. However, unless you are a hundred percent sure that the plugin redirects will make you visit reliable websites only, you should better avoid doing searches until it's removed from the system. Otherwise, you may unconsciously access suspicious websites and end up with another PUP, or even malware, on your machine.

GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar PUPGardeningEnthusiast Toolbar is a browser hijacker that was developed by Mindspark Interactive (a well known potentially unwanted program developer)

By the way, these browser hijackers are commonly blamed for spying on their users. It seems that may use tracking cookies and collect personally non-identifiable information, including:

  • search terms;
  • websites visited;
  • data entered in them;
  • clicks, IP address;
  • PC location;
  • cookies;[2]
  • email address, and so on.

Unfortunately, some pieces of personally identifiable information[3] may be accumulated as well. Therefore, the best that you can do is to proceed with GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar removal right away. You can easily accomplish that by running a full system scan with the SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes software.

If you're willing to get your hands dirty, feel free to use our detailed and illustrated instructions at the bottom of the page. When the browser hijacker is eliminated, we highly recommend performing system diagnostics with the ReimageIntego software to repair all corrupted system files and settings.

Potentially unwanted programs often get installed without users noticing

The wanted program has an official website and can be downloaded by the users if they have a will to use it. However, more commonly, it gets into the system without being noticed, which may happen if you install freeware filled with 'optional downloads' and failed to decline the installation of 'additional components.

In order to prevent such happenings in the future, you should opt for Advanced/Custom mode when installing freeware and decline the installation of all programs except the one that you have chosen. To do that successfully, you have to be very careful and read all terms provided during installation attentively.

GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar Privacy PolicyWhile the PUP has its Privacy Policy, it does not make the plugin safe

Ways to delete GardeningEnthusiast for good

There are two ways you can remove GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar: either manually or automatically. While both options can be as effective as the other, opting for the latter would give you the desired results quicker and more reliably.

Therefore, you want to op for automatic removal, you need to download and install reliable security software and perform a full system scan. Be aware that, because the plugin is a potentially unwanted program, not all AV engines might be able to detect it. Thus, using tools that specialize in PUPs is the optional solution.

In case you are not a novice computer user, you can terminate GardeningEnthusiast virus with the help of our guide below. After that, you should also reset each of the installed browsers to make sure that no traces of the PUP remain.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To remove the article's culprit from Windows machines, please follow these steps:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

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

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh Mozilla Firefox to make sure the browser hijacker does not return:

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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

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 GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar 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: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser plugins

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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