What is Heroic Play Toolbar?
Heroic Play Toolbar is one of those programs employed by third parties and used for affiliate marketing. It’s a misleading application that tries to trick people into installing it by promising to give access to various games related to heroes in one new web browser’s tab. Unfortunately, since this questionable program is closely related to Ask search site, once Heroic Play Toolbar gets installed, homepage is set to home.tb.ask.com, whereas default search provider is set to search.tb.ask.com. Be aware that its developers have already bundled this PUP with various freewares and sharewares due to the fact that people seldom install it manually. Thus, to avoid such and similar programs, you should be very careful when downloading free programs from the Internet.
Although it is not a malicious program, it may cause various issues on your computer because its main intention is to generate pay-per-click revenue, increase page rank or sales. Heroic Play Toolbar may alter search results and constantly deliver you sponsored links and advertisements. Such activity may not only be annoying, buy may also pose harm to your computer’s security because this misleading application can be quite easily reused by various cyber criminals and reroute you to unsafe websites. By the way, not only Heroic Play Toolbar redirects may be dangerous, but also tracking cookies that it installs. Actually, it’s not surprising because these days most of the freewares carry cookies and gather non-personally identifiable data.
However, as we have already mentioned, such and similar programs are very vulnerable by various cyber criminals. In this way, tracking cookies installed by this plug-in may lead to identity theft if some bad guys would reuse it. Finally, beware that Heroic Play Toolbar may also reduce computer’s security and helps other adwares and potentially unwanted programs access your computer easier. Therefore, we highly recommend scanning your computer with anti-spyware and keeping it up-to-date.
How can Heroic Play Toolbar infiltrate my computer?
Usually, Heroic Play Toolbar r is promoted via various free programs, mainly download managers, video converters, media players and so on. Developers of such and similar free programs allow third parties to integrate their advertisements as additional components and spread such bundle on the Internet in one pack. Therefore, we don’t recommend visiting suspicious websites and downloading unfamiliar programs.
Additional components are disclosed during installation and can be deselected. Unfortunately, many users fall into Quick or Recommended installation and allow to install various add-ons, plug-ins or toolbars automatically. To avoid this, you should always select Advanced or Custom installation mode that shows all additional programs and follow the entire process carefully. Never accept to install unfamiliar programs or to change browser’s settings, otherwise you will regret doing so later.
Once installed, Heroic Play Toolbar pose harm to your computer by causing redirects to unsafe websites. Since it may slow down the system, disrupt browsing sessions and pose harm to PC’s security, it goes without saying that it is better to remove it as soon as detected.
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 Heroic Play 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 Heroic Play Toolbar from my computer?
We highly recommend removing Heroic Play Toolbar automatically because it is very likely that it may have registry entries and may have been installed along with other potentially unwanted programs. If you don’t want to use additional software, follow manual removal guidelines below:
- Uninstall programs that are related to Heroic Play Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Heroic Play 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 (Heroic Play 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.