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Remove Koyote Soft Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide)

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I did not install Koyote Soft Toolbar, so why has it appeared on my browser’s menu bar? I also receive various coupons, price comparisons, discount codes and other similar promotional content while browsing the web. It is kind of annoying… What does it mean?

How did Koyote Soft Toolbar hijack your computer system?

Questions about Koyote Soft Toolbar

Koyote Soft Toolbar is a deceptive browser extension, which can be installed on each of your web browsers without your knowledge. In fact, it is even assigned to potentially unwanted programs’ (PUPs) list. Such programs are mostly distributed in an indirect way, which is called bundling. A bundled software is a program that has several additional applications attached to it. Unfortunately, the most of the people who use computers and install free programs from the Internet tend to do it carelessly; in most of the cases, they do not read software’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents; on top of that, they choose to install software using Default or Standard installation mode. If you tend to act this way, you risk ending up with optional freeware on your computer, and such software might be infectious. To avoid installing unwanted programs, you SHOULD read the aforementioned documents; however, if you are still unwilling to do that, you should choose Advanced or Custom software installation option and then deselect the agreements to install optional freeware.

Koyote Soft Toolbar virus

How does Koyote Soft Toolbar work?

If the user accidentally installs this program, this is what happens – it attaches a browser add-on on the Internet browsers (IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and others), ads a browser toolbar and tracks whatever the user does while browsing the Internet. Basically, Koyote Soft Toolbar PUP tracks your search queries, websites visited, clicks, and other browsing activity. Then it connects to its server and searches for ads that are related to your interests. It chooses particular ads and then delivers them to you as pop-up windows or banners placed on the websites that you visit. No matter how catchy these ads would look, do not click on them! Remember that Koyote Soft Toolbar is an adware program, and it seeks to advertise its partners by making people visit their websites by force.

Therefore, it inserts deceptive hyperlinks to Koyote Soft Toolbar ads, so clicking on them can result in redirects to a variety of pre-determined websites. While some of the promoted sites may be safe, others may be not. According to our research, Koyote Soft ads can lead to high-risk third-party websites that seek to promote questionable software. You should never agree to install software from such unreliable web sources because you cannot know whether the software is safe or not. If you are a security-minded person, bypass any offers to install freeware from web sources that you accidentally end up on.

These statements did not convince you to remove Koyote Soft Toolbar adware? Maybe this fact will do. If this software is active, it notably slows down computer speed. If you do not want to experience system slowdowns, freezes or even crashes, we recommend removing this software using a professional anti-spyware software (for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego). However, you can try to delete this software manually – the manual Koyote Soft Toolbar removal guide is given on page 2.

Koyote Soft Toolbar removal methods

As you can see, this questionable application is not useful; it causes interruptions, system slowdowns, and other inconveniences for you. Who would want to experience such interferences? Obviously, no one. That is why we provide even two removal options for those who wish to eliminate Koyote Soft Toolbar virus from their computers. You can use the automatic removal technique and delete this PC intruder via an anti-spyware program, or you can follow the step-by-step manual removal guide and terminate it by yourself.

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To remove Koyote Soft Toolbar, follow these steps:

Get rid of Koyote Soft Toolbar from Windows systems

  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 Koyote Soft Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Koyote Soft 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'

Erase Koyote Soft 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 Koyote Soft 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'

Delete Koyote Soft Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Koyote Soft 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 Koyote Soft Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Koyote Soft 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, Koyote Soft Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Koyote Soft 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 Koyote Soft 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Koyote Soft Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Koyote Soft Toolbar from Google Chrome

  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 Koyote Soft 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Koyote Soft Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Koyote Soft 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 Koyote Soft 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. 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...'
  4. 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 Koyote Soft Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Iphea says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 9:19 am

    bad, bad, bad toolbar! I would not recommend installing it! It is definitely a cause of millions of annoying ads. If you do not want to waste your time closing them one by one, do not install Koyote Toolbar!

  2. bailando says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 9:21 am

    looks like a normal extension, but is malicious! promotes infectious pages/ keysoft toolbar is a crap…

  3. Barsi86 says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 9:23 am

    yes, definitely, the keysoft ads made me visit some stupid website that asked to install java update, glad that I have refused to do it! lucky me i have found this article before exploring these ads.

  4. Messi8 says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I do not agree that it is malicious. It is not harmful unless you use it; I dont think it is considered to be MALICIOUS.

  5. Jamsons says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I cannot remove the ads… what is the problem??????

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