What is ProductRecallAlert Toolbar?
ProductRecallAlert Toolbar is deemed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Despite it is legitimate, security experts want to warn people that it is programmed to promote Ask Search.Therefore, if you install this toolbar on your PC, you will definitely find ask.com settled down as your default start page, search provider, and a new tab window.
On the official website, this toolbar is promoted as a tool that supposedly provides baby product recalls, recalled toys, FDA food recalls, car recall list, green products, access trusted shopping advice from the experts at the EPA, Safe Kids Worldwide and more. Even though you may find such service useful and consider installing this program in the near future, you should think twice before doing so because this application may initiate a variety of additional activities that help to improve affiliate marketing.
Security experts have found that it is seldom installed manually from its official websites. Thus, if you wonder how it spreads, be aware that it relies on misleading infiltration method called ‘bundling,’ which is why it may infiltrate random computers without being noticed. As soon as it does so, it may inject the toolbar to all the most popular web browsers, take over your web browsing sessions, deliver alleged search results, display sponsored ads among search results, collect non-personal information related to your browsing habits, connect to the Internet behind your back, and so on. All these activities may turn your daily web browsing into a very inconvenient experience. Besides, as the developer warns that
MS Products are exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure. By accepting this Agreement, you acknowledge and accept that the MS Products and any information you download or offer to share by means of an MS Product, may be exposed to unauthorized access, interception, corruption, damage or misuse, and should be regarded as insecure. You accept all responsibility for such security risks and any damage resulting therefrom.
Therefore, even though it’s not a malicious program, you’d better be careful with the links and ads provided by ProductRecallAlert Toolbar. If you seek to delete this toolbar but don’t know how to do that, you should visit Page2 below and initiate the steps that are provided there.
How does ProductRecallAlert Toolbar spread on the Internet?
If you wonder how such and similar toolbars get inside computers unnoticed, probably you haven’t heard about ‘bundling’ distribution method yet. Be aware that such and similar PUPs usually trick people into installing them without being noticed with a help of various freewares and sharewares. To be more precise, programs, such as download managers, PDF creators, and media players commonly carry additional components, such as browser plug-ins, add-ons, toolbars or extensions. Therefore, if you do not want to install ‘optional downloads’, you should install free software very carefully and never skip anything by simply clicking the ‘next’ or ‘I accept’ button. Make sure that you select Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the entire process carefully. If you spot a check box that seems to be out of context, for example, claims that you accept to install an absolutely unfamiliar program, such as ProductRecallAlert Toolbar virus, don’t forget to unselect it. Our security experts have found a whole family of toolbars, including MyWeddingAdviser Toolbar, MyTransitGuide Toolbar, DailyLocalGuide Toolbar among many others that offer various appealing services but have been related to browser hijackers that promote ask.com search site. Thus, be careful and avoid installing such and similar programs because otherwise you may experience various issues on your computer.
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 ProductRecallAlert 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 perform ProductRecallAlert Toolbar removal?
In order to remove ProductRecallAlert Toolbar, follow the step-by-step removal guide that is provided down below:
- Uninstall programs that are related to ProductRecallAlert Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for ProductRecallAlert 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 (ProductRecallAlert 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.