What is GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar?
GardeningEnthusiast is a thematic toolbar that has recently been released. We are pretty sure that you have already heard about toolbars developed by this company. Each of them are 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 on 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 main purpose is to promote third-party websites, their products, services, and software. Likewise its clones, GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The majority of the users report that it infiltrated computers without their consent. That’s because it usually spreads bundled with other freewares and sharewares, which contain various third-party plug-ins, add-ons or toolbars. Besides, regardless of the infiltration method (conscious or unconscious), once installed GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar may modify various settings within Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer by assigning the default start page and search provider to ask.com or search.myway.com. This way, this dubious toolbar gets the ability to display sponsored search results and make people visit predetermined websites. However, unless you are hundred percent sure that GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar redirects will make you visit reliable websites only, you should better avoid making searches until it’s removed from the system. Otherwise, you may unconsciously access suspicious websites and end up with another PUP on your machine.
By the way, these toolbars are commonly blamed for spying on their users. It seems that is may use tracking cookies and collect personally non-identifiable information, such as search terms, websites visited, data entered in them, clicks, IP address, PC’s location, email address, and so on. Unfortunately, some pieces of personally non-identifiable information may be accumulated as well. Therefore, the best that you can do is to eliminate GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar from your machine right away.
How can GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar infiltrate my computer?
GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar has the 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 a freeware filled with ‘optional downloads’ and failed to decline the installation of ‘additional components, including GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar. In order to prevent such happening in the future, you should opt for Advanced/Custom mode for freeware’s installation and decline the installation of all programs except the freeware that you have chosen. To do that successfully, you have to be very careful and read all terms provided during installation attentively. Have you already installed GardeningEnthusiast? If yes, then you should follow this article till the end.
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 GardeningEnthusiast 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.
How to remove GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar?
GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar is not associated with a virus or malware. Nevertheless, it may cause unwanted browser’s redirects, slowdowns, and other unwanted issues. Therefore, you should remove GardeningEnthusiast for good.
- Uninstall programs that are related to GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for GardeningEnthusiast Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (GardeningEnthusiast 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.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.