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Ged rid of HowToSimplified Toolbar (Removal Guide)

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HowToSimplified Toolbar is the program that changes the search engine and the homepage setting once it gets installed on the system

  HowToSimplified Toolbar
HowToSimplified Toolbar is the program that promises to find useful tips and suggestions, but it is an intrusive application causing unwanted commercial content delivery.

HowToSimplified Toolbar is the unwanted program that hijacks your browser and changes various preferences to achieve the main developers' goal – redirecting online traffic. Pages that appear on your screen from the minute this potentially unwanted program infects the machine as redirects contain various commercial, deceptive and promotional content. All these ad-supported sites can cause even more frustration on the system besides unwanted material delivery.

Unfortunately, HowToSimplified Toolbar virus is the product developed by the same Mindspark company that is responsible for fro delivering a well-known browser hijacker/fake search engine/PUP – MyWay. This is why you shouldn't be surprised when this particular search engine appears set as your homepage, default search engine, and new tab. There are many related pages and search engines that are more likely to appear as redirects on the screen of an already infected device.

Name HowToSimplified
Other names HowToSimplified by MyWay
Type Toolbar
Category Browser hijacker/ Potentially unwanted program
Developer Mindspark
Related Hp.myway.com
Symptoms Delivers questionable commercial content, changed browser settings, appearance, sets default search engine to associated sites, redirects all the in-browser search results to ad-supported pages
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive advertisements
Elimination Get a trustworthy anti-malware to remove HowToSimplified Toolbar. Run a scan on the PC with Reimage to eliminate possible damage

HowToSimplified by MyWay offers to provide users with helpful tips, DIY tutorials, money-saving suggestions or recipe ideas, but this is not a browser tool that you should keep and use. Once it gets installed on the system by the user on purpose or unwillingly it makes changes that are considered as potentially unwanted application symptoms.

HowToSimplified Toolbar is a PUP that causes unwanted alterations on your web browser and then may implement suspicious activities in order to earn money for its developer. At the moment of writing, it is compatible mainly with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Nevertheless, if you are using Google Chrome, you shouldn't feel safer. Experts[1] note that it is only a matter of time when this browser add-on will be updated to work on Google Chrome as well as other browsers.

Similarly to other PUP's, HowToSimplified hijack is spread along with free programs (download managers, video or music players, PDF creators, etc.). Therefore, it has already been labeled as a potentially unwanted program because it may easily change the homepage and default search engine. 

It also drops the toolbar or any other browser extension, add-on without your permission asked. This activity disrupts your browsing activities because this questionable search engine delivers altered search results with third-party sponsored content and filled with useless material.[2] Moreover, you may see various commercial advertisements among your search results in the form of:

  • pop-ups;
  • pop-unders;
  • hyperlinks;
  • in-text links;
  • banners.

Do not fall into this trick and do not rely on this search engine as it is employed by third parties and used in order to redirect people to sponsored websites. Beware that by clicking on links and advertisements that this browser plug-in delivers you may be led to the infiltration of another adware or even malware. To avoid this, you have to remove HowToSimplified Toolbar from your web browsers and the entire system, and also restore your browser to their previous state.

You can remove HowToSimplified Toolbar hijack and other applications or files during a thorough system scan with the antivirus program. This is the easiest way to fight PUPs and other more severe malware.[3] You need to do this as soon as possible because PUPs track and collect information about you.

Mindspark, the developer of HowToSimplified Toolbar even addresses this issue of data tracking and personalized advertisements int the Privacy Policy:

We use cookies and similar technologies (such as local stored objects) to collect and store information when you interact with the MS Services, view our emails or view our ads. We, and certain third parties we work with e.g. ad networks and data management platforms, may also use these technologies to better target ads to you based on your online browsing activities.

You should focus on HowToSimplified toolbar removal as soon as possible because such programs also install files, programs, tools, or browser content and affect the performance of an already infected system even more. When it comes to system cleaning and this type of cyber infections, anti-malware tools are required.

We offer to pay more attention to this elimination of HowToSimplified Toolbar process and get a professional anti-malware program to scan the machine and remove the main PUP, alongside other installed programs. Then, to ensure that your PC is virus-free and there is no damage get a system tool like Reimage and run an additional system check. 

In most cases, HowToSimplified Internet Explorer Toolbar appears on infected systems, but there is a huge possibility that other browsers get affected by the hijack. To get rid of the intruder fully, check your browsers for suspicious content even when the particular toolbar is not found.  HowToSimplified Toolbar hijack
HowToSimplified Toolbar is the fake search provider related browser toolbar that changes settings on your machine to keep persistent.

Unwanted browser content gets installed once deceptive sites get visited

This program is classified as a potentially unwanted program due to the fact that it is mostly spread around via various freeware and shareware. Software bundles get delivered during insecure installations.[4] Also, it is capable of initiating redirects to suspicious websites and other unwanted activities by visiting deceptive pages.

In order to avoid cyber infiltration, you should remember that every questionable program that is promoted on the suspicious-looking website carries additional attachments, such as toolbars, add-ons, plug-ins or extensions that belong to the potentially unwanted programs list. Therefore, if you don't want to download them, you should pay more attention to the installation process of a freeware.

Try reading Privacy Policy, comments and reviews of the program in order to find out what negative features the program has. Besides, always opt out for Advanced or Custom installation as it expands installation process and discloses all available checkboxes.

Make sure to remove HowToSimplified Toolbar with AV tools

If your computer was affected by HowToSimplified Toolbar virus, you should delete it from your web browsers and system entirely. You can eliminate the toolbar alongside other browser content manually, but there is a need to terminate the main PUP that causes all the activity.

We recommend doing so with the help of a reliable anti-spyware as it will easily detect and remove this program automatically alongside the additional malicious content. In case you don't want to use additional software, follow the guidelines below and remove HowToSimplified Toolbar manually by resetting the browsers.

However, automatic HowToSimplified Toolbar removal is recommended because of the function that all anti-malware programs have – system scanning. During a full scan on the computer, the performance of your machine gets improved significantly and all the intruders get terminated.

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To remove HowToSimplified Toolbar, follow these steps:

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Get rid of HowToSimplified Toolbar from Windows systems

Remove HowToSimplified completely from the machine

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

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Erase HowToSimplified Toolbar from Mac OS X system

  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 HowToSimplified 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'
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Delete HowToSimplified Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Check your Explorer browser since HowToSimplified Toolbar might not be the only hijacker affecting your device

  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 HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove HowToSimplified Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

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, HowToSimplified Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate HowToSimplified Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall HowToSimplified Toolbar from Google Chrome

You may need to check the browser for any additional material installed without your permission that affects HowToSimplified Toolbar elimination and the performance of your PC, in general

  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 HowToSimplified 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 HowToSimplified Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of HowToSimplified Toolbar from Safari

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

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