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Remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide)

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ReadingFanatic Toolbar. What do you need to know about this program?

ReadingFanatic Toolbar might seem like a useful application to book lovers. It is a browser add-on, which is compatible with Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. However, it seems that users who have encountered this toolbar tend to hastily call it ReadingFanatic Toolbar virus. That is not true because this program is safe and legitimate. The only thing that annoys computer users is that they do not know what is the proper way to remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar from their browsers. If you are interested to find out how to delete it from your computer system, continue reading the information provided below.

When you add this toolbar to your browser, you permit it to read and change all data on the web pages you visit, read and change your browsing history, manage your apps, themes, extensions, and also downloads. Please note that this can affect the quality of your browsing experience, and not necessarily in a positive way. This extension will change your homepage, new tab and search engine settings and input instead of the previous value. It is going to be a modified version of this search, because it provides a menu bar filled with shortcuts to such sites: “Free eBooks,” “Free Paperbacks,” “Book Recommenders,” “Book Search,” “Book News,” “Assorted Book links” and “Book retailers.” The new home and new tab page provide a search tool, which seems to offer quite a lot of sponsored third-party links within the search results. Screenshot of ReadingFanatic Toolbar download page

Questions about ReadingFanatic Toolbar

Please remember that all these third-party sites have their own Terms of Use and Privacy Policies and that they have nothing in common with this toolbar. These sites might be insecure, but ReadingFanatic is not liable for any damage you might experience by visiting these sites. According to the developers of this toolbar, the product may “may provide access to search results or other links to Third Party Partner sites or resources […] [the developer] […] does not endorse nor is responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.” If you do not want to continue using this toolbar, implement ReadingFanatic Toolbar removal using instructions presented at the end of this article.

How is this program distributed?

You can get a free download link to add ReadingFanatic Toolbar extension to your browser from the official developer’s website, but you might also add it while installing another program. This ad-supported application can be bundled with other programs as a suggested download, which you can opt out easily. To decompose a software pack, you have to pick Advanced or Custom settings to install your download and then look for statements claiming that you agree to install new apps, change your browser settings, search engine, and so on. Just deselect such statements and continue to install your download.

Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of ReadingFanatic 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.

ReadingFanatic Toolbar removal

If you are ready to remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar, read the instructions provided below and carry them out carefully:

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To remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Windows systems

Look for ReadingFanatic and other unknown programs.

  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 ReadingFanatic Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for ReadingFanatic 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 ReadingFanatic 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 '' 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.

Erase ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Mac OS X system

Try to find ReadingFanatic and similar unknown applications.

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

Remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

You have to find and remove ReadingFanatic, MyWebSearch, MyWay and other unknown extensions to remove.

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 ReadingFanatic 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,
  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 ReadingFanatic Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete ReadingFanatic, MyWebSearch, MyWay and all other unknown add-ons.

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

Remove ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Google Chrome

Find and get rid of ReadingFanatic, MyWay, or MyWebSearch extensions.

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

Uninstall ReadingFanatic Toolbar from Safari

Find and delete ReadingFanatic, MyWay, MyWebSearch, and other unknown Safari extensions.

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

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  1. ian says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thanks – Ive been looking for a readingfanatic removal guide.

  2. Steve says:
    August 3rd, 2016 at 9:04 am

    ReadingFanatic did not meet my expectations. I would like to say something positive, but this program is just not that good. I didnt like it at all…

  3. Rhonda says:
    August 3rd, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I cannot understand how did this toolbar get inside my computer…

  4. sims says:
    August 4th, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I am glad that I have removed it. I didnt find this toolbar useful at any point.

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