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Remove Gifables Toolbar (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Simple Removal Guide

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Reasons why Gifables Toolbar should not be installed on your browser

Gifables Toolbar is an application created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This browser extension allows viewing and sharing gifs, and replaces default browser’s search engine to hp.myway.com. Nevertheless, this program has an official download website; it can also get inside computer silently. It’s one of the reasons why Gifables is known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker.[1] Once it gets installed, it not only changes browser’s settings but starts tracking user’s activities online and allows third-parties collect various information as well. Thus, when having this program installed, you let unknown companies know your IP address, browser-related information, search keywords, visited pages and browsing history, etc. All this information is mostly used for behavioral advertising.[2] Therefore, you can expect to see numerous pop-ups and online ads when browsing the web. Probably, you have already heard that ads are not only annoying. They might be dangerous too. Thus, you should not hesitate and remove Gifables Toolbar from the computer. Besides, if it sneaked into PC unnoticed, you should run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that other PUPs haven’t been installed tool.

The image of Gifables Toolbar

So-called Gifables virus cannot cause direct damage to the computer. It’s not an actual virus; it’s just a potentially unwanted program. However, after the installation, it replaces your current default search engine with an unknown tool. At first glance, it might look reliable because it claims to be enhanced by Google. However, we want to point out that it’s not the same as Google. Once you enter search queries, you are redirected to the MyWay results page, and this search tool is known as a suspicious browser hijacker too. Thus, you can find lots of sponsored links in the results page. Unfortunately, some of the Gifables redirect tendencies are not safe and sound. Third-party links may lead to the potentially dangerous websites where you can be tricked into installing bogus software or get involved in some online scam. Thus, looking for necessary information might be dangerous.

Gifables might also be capable of delivering numerous online ads. As you already know, this browser extension might track information about you. The main reason why it is done is the attempt to profit from online advertising. When you click on a third-party ad, developers generate revenue. In order to encourage you to click, they collect information about your interests and based on this knowledge they provide personalized ads on each visited website. Sadly, some of the commercial content might also be misleading and redirect to dangerous sites or install malware. Thus, you should stay away from them and perform Gifables removal. It’s the only way to get back to normal browsing, get rid of a suspicious search engine, and stop data tracking.

The illustration of Gifables ToolbarAfter the installation Gifables Toolbar replaces browser's start page and starts tracking information about the user.

The toolbar might be promoted in software bundles

People can download Gifables not only from the official website that has a huge green download button. This app is also advertised in software bundles. Thus, you can find this app offered to download when installing freeware or shareware. However, in order to find and reject installation of this toolbar, you need to opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode. Sadly, computer users still rarely do that. Users still rely on Quick/Recommended method and unintentionally agree to install all PUPs that might have been included in a software package. The problem is that such setup does not inform about third-party apps. As a result, Gifables hijack might occur. Thus, in order to avoid unwanted toolbars, browser extensions, and other programs, you should always go for Advanced/Custom setup and carefully follow each step.

Tips for eliminating Gifables Toolbar

If you installed the program yourself, it should be enough to remove Gifables from the list of browser’s extensions. This add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari web browsers. Thus, you should check recently installed extensions and uninstall suspicious entries. However, if this hijacker arrived in the software bundle, you should also check whether other unknown programs haven’t been installed on your PC too. Thus, you can perform either manual Gifables Toolbar removal by following our prepared instructions, or you can opt for the automatic elimination option and use an anti-malware program.

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To remove Gifables Toolbar, follow these steps:

Remove Gifables Toolbar from Windows systems

Open Control Panel and look for Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features). Open the list of installed programs and look up for Gifables, applications created by Mindspark or other unknown programs. Uninstall them all, and check web browsers.

  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 Gifables Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Gifables 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 Gifables 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.

Uninstall Gifables Toolbar from Mac OS X system

If you have suffered from the hijack, you should check the list of Applications and get rid of unknown entries.

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

Remove Gifables Toolbar from Applications folder:

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

Erase Gifables Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to delete unwanted add-ons from the Internet Explorer and reset its settings. It’s the only way to get rid of the hijacker entirely.

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 Gifables 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 Gifables Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Gifables 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 Gifables 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

Get rid of Gifables Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of extensions remove Gifables Toolbar and other entries developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Then reset Firefox in order to delete tracking cookies. The guidelines below will help you.

  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 Gifables 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 Gifables Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Gifables Toolbar from Google Chrome

Open the list of Chrome extensions. Look up for Gifables and uninstall it together with other third-party applications that might also appear in the list. Once this task is completed, reset the browser as shown below.

  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 Gifables 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 Gifables Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Gifables Toolbar from Safari

Follow the steps below to uninstall suspicious browser extension and reset Safari. These steps are crucial in order to avoid re-hijack.

  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 Gifables 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 Gifables 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 Gifables Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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