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removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as Certified Toolbar, redirect, hijack | Type: Browser hijacker

What is may try to create an image that it’s a legitimate website, which was designed to help users with their search sessions on the Internet. However, many security experts have started to categorize it as browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program. It seems that the main reason why they are doing so is its behavior. Beware that this search engine may hijack all of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) right after infiltrating your computer. In addition, it may try to initiate continuous redirects to predetermined websites that are typically trying to increase their page rank or sales. Beware that after getting inside the system, this hijacker virus may also try to change your start page and the default search engine. It is capable of altering all of web browsers, so you may find on each of your engines, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. If you have been performing your search sessions with the help of or similar search engines, there is one reason that should make you concerned. Beware that this site may show you altered search results that may trick you into visiting unknown websites.

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Besides, it can easily make you to install its toolbar (Certified Toolbar), which is also capable of showing altered search results. Finally, just like other search engines, this application may start tracking your browsing habits. Typically, it collects search terms, mostly visited websites, data that is added when visiting each of user’s favorite sites and so on. Typically, this information is considered as personally non-identifiable. However, it may be used for unfair marketing companies and similar aims. That’s why we would like to recommend you to avoid It is has showed up on your computer without your approval, you should use a guide below or scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner . This will help you to get rid of all potentially unwanted programs, like browser hijackers, adwares and similar intruders.

HOW CAN hijack my computer?

The browser hijacker, which is connected to website, is spread using spam e-mail attachments, freeware or shareware programs, so you should avoid visiting unofficial websites and downloading programs from them. As soon as it gets inside the PC, it alters system settings and causes redirections on any browser you use. So, no matter which search engine you open, Bing, Google, Yahoo or other, search results will be redirected to or other trustworthy-looking domain. This virus may slow the system down, display unwanted pop-up ads and commercial messages. Besides, it may lead you to hacked sites that spread unwanted programs or even malware. While this website is not infected by itself, we do not recommend ignoring redirections.


To stop all this havoc, which was initiated by Certified toolbar, you should follow a guide below and fix your computer. We recommend you to select automatic removal method, but you can also use a manual removal guide that is given down below:

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To remove, follow these steps:

Get rid of 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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.

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

Erase 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. ShelleyC says:
    October 25th, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Unfortunately, hijacker stops my malwarebytes full scan as well as Microsoft Security Essentials full scans as well. Both will perform a quick scan completely, but show no infections. Read that this malware can mutate and is hard to remove. I first noticed it in Task Manager with “Glary” in the file/path after name of toolbar (Im kind of a newbie and dont really know all of the technical/proper computer lingo, so…Im going to try and do it manually from registry and files and am using an older desktop with this message. This hijacker is not on this computer in use now, but on a new laptop w/Win7 64bit. If deleting registry/and/or files works, I believe I will still contact a computer tech repair to get rid of this monster. Unless some software can come up with a good, clean fix, Ive no choice. Regards and thanks for info. Wonder if downloading Glary file opener or Glary Utilities downloaded this thing as the path/file name located to the right of the entry in Task Manager did state “glary,” perhaps I will contact Glarysoft and see if that did, indeed, happen and if they have any recourse for removing this beast. Oh, did delete process in Task Manager, but still experience re-directs in browser (IE9) to the website, but I believe Ive gotten out of the redirect as soon as I see it has changed.
    Again, thanks for info and if I get any truly good info on how to remove once and for all, I will contact via this site. Good luck to all, in the meantime!

  2. ShelleyC says:
    October 25th, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Hi: Back again on new laptop that has this virus and am going to download SpyHunter trial to see if that works. Hope dont have to purchase to actually remove any threats like StopZilla did (and it only found cookies). Will advise if SpyHunter works on this thing; keeping fingers and toes crossed!

  3. Christopher says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Hey Thanks Very Much! I Finally Installed spyware . I Was Wondering Why It Wouldn’t Install. Thanks!!!
    Thank you very much! This is the only working description for this problem.

    But give me information that how same virus can deteted my PC????

  4. Margie says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    as anyone been able to delete because everything I tried hasnt worked PLEASE HELP

  5. Best beta says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    works fine. thanks

  6. Martin Stander says:
    January 21st, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Windows 7. I uninstalled it and removed it from my browsers. Unfortunately this had no effect. My infestation was so bad that the complete Office suite was infected. I open Outlook and is greeted with Certified-Toolbar Search. I open Excel and the same thin happens. I tried deleting it in the Registry with no luck. I would reboot and it is still there. Do another search of the Registry and there is nothing. But still it is everywhere in the browsers and Office.

    As a last resort I rolled back Windows to the day I knew I got infected. Voila, its gone. If you get infected, spare yourself the trouble and just roll back

  7. murf says:
    January 21st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I tried to roll it back, but it said it couldnt do it because some files were still in use, even tried spybot in safe mode, still there.

  8. torafujin says:
    May 12th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Spent 2 months trying to get rid of this (couldnt roll-back because of some necessary security files added later). Gave up. Last week, however, got infected by some other browser-hijacker. 2 hours of cleaning out Control Panel, browsers, registry files. Final result: not only removed the new hijacker, but that hijacker had managed to kick out Search.Certified-Toolbar. Admittedly, not the best solution to this problem, but thought it might help to know that curing the re-infection appears to cure the original disease.

  9. grant mitchell says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    How much information do you need from the good people, for gods sake. CertifiedTToolbar, by its own accounts, is based in Ben Gurion Rd. somewhere in Israel. The interpretation you give of the identity of this extremedly hostle malware is pure disinformation. This toolbar/ hijacker does not log into the Windows reference pages, cannot be searched for, located, or removed, regardless of what you say. It even destroys my ability to print news, albeit political, articles. Please, please, no more baby talk.

  10. Giulio says:
    January 27th, 2013 at 2:06 am


    I tried SpyHunter and MalwareBytes Anti-malware. but both failed. At best, they crippled the bastard virus a bit and it became not that annoying, but knowing that he was still there was unsettling. The directions to MANUALLY kill it that are available in some forum on the web would be the best, but they are really difficult to follow, since they are intended for specialists and many step are missing. I sorted it out by entrusting the specialized company,, to do the job and at a cost of about 70 USD they took over my PC and got rid of this virus in 20 minutes. I suggest it to everyone who is not an expert. At the moment no antivirus software can kill it. I am a private and I have nothing to do with, I support them because they sorted me out fast and professionally.

  11. K J Boland says:
    January 28th, 2013 at 5:19 am

    tried everything, Malware bytes, superantispyware and paid for SpyHunter.

    Spyhunter finds and says it removes, but it always is there when I reload firefox.

    Note: it is not showing as an add on. or as a program to remove.

  12. Capeloni says:
    January 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I spend U$39 wirh spyhuner and irt didnt remove it

  13. NoOneSpecial says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I tried over and over but it just was not going to be . it has infected my microsoft word too

  14. Claudia says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Thank you! I didnt know what was happening when I kept getting re-directed to, until I googled it and came here. Following your instructions, I had it removed in just a few minutes.

  15. l.kheinz says:
    August 12th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Nach Ihren Vorgaben, hatte ich es in ein paar Minuten entfernt. umgeleitet gehalten, bis ich es gegoogelt
    Nach Ihren Vorgaben, hatte ich es in ein paar Minuten entfernt
    Was sind die Vorgaben???

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    February 13th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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