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Remove Srcbar.com (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Stealing programs

Srcbar.com is a sneaky browser hijacker that spams browsers with intrusive adverts

Srcbar.com virus

Srcbar.com is a potentially unwanted program[1] that changes the homepage and new tab URL of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari to http://srcbar.com/?q=. While changes to browser’s settings are the most prominent feature of a browser hijacker, it is also capable of recording a certain amount of information about users, displaying invasive ads, redirecting to unknown websites and much more.

Summary
Name Srcbar.com
Type Browser Hijakcer
Extension name Search Manager
Compatible browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.
Danger level Low. However, might result in malware infections of stolen data if not being careful
Distribution Software Bundling, official web stores
Elimination Either run a full scan with ReimageIntego or uninstall the PUP manually

If you found this dubious app making changes to your browser, you should remove Srcbar.com from your machine immediately. There are few ways you can accomplish that. In this article, we will find out more about this specific browser hijacker and will explain how to eliminate the unwanted guest.

To be able to perform its suspicious activities, Srcbar.com virus modifies browser’s settings and makes them irreversible, i. e. if the user wants to navigate to previously default homepage (such as Google.com) he or she might not be able to do so. Additionally, all the search results generated are redirected to Yahoo – the developer is most likely participating in Yahoo’s affiliate program.

The browser hijacker is spread with the help oh Search Manager browser extension, which can be downloaded directly from Google Chrome web store. Nevertheless, users typically install this dodgy app inadvertently together with other software from the internet.

Besides the modification of browser settings, Srcbar.com hijack is also capable of the following:

  • Users might notice and an ever-increasing amount of ads in various forms. In some cases users are exposed to legitimate content; however, in some cases, users might end up scammed;
  • Search results may be altered, and many links lead to affiliated websites;
  • Users might be redirected to suspicious realms, including phishing, fake update/software, porn, malware-infested or other dangerous sites;
  • Bookmarks or Favorites might be changed;
  • Additional browser extensions, add-ons or toolbars might be injected into the browser without users’ permission, etc.

Besides, Srcbar.com also spies on its users. The target of developers’ interest is such data as IP address, sites visited, links clicked, search queries, bookmarks added. In this way, an ID is generated for each user separately in order to display targeted advertisement, which allows developers to alter user's browsing and buying habits.

Lastly, the personal data[2] exposed via Srcbar.com might be stolen and sold to third-parties. These people might abuse the obtained information (such as name, banking details and similar) and use it for identity fraud or money stealing.

Thus, do not delay Srcbar.com removal. Download and install reputable security software (we recommend ReimageIntego) or check our illustrated instructions below.

Srcbar.com browser hijackerSrcbar.com is a potentially unwanted application that enters users' machines without their permission and disturbs browsing sessions

Do not rush the installation of free programs – it can help you to avoid PUPs

Developers of browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications often use software bundling to distribute their programs to as many computers as possible. There is also a chance that the person using that computer might not even notice its presence; likewise, others might not know how to get rid of the new startup page and all the annoying ads.

Thus, PUP creators can monetize on the clicks made by unsuspecting users. Therefore, they should find out about the infiltration procedure and never be tricked again. Security experts[3] advise following these simple steps:

  • Before downloading apps, check the reviews online – quite often they say a lot;
  • When installing free software from the internet, never rush the procedure and read through installation instructions properly;
  • When prompted, never pick Recommended or Quick installation mode. Instead, opt for Advanced or Custom settings;
  • If you detect any additional components, remove all the tick marks to avoid the installation.

Srcbar.com elimination guide

Srcbar.com removal can be carried out either by downloading anti-malware software or by checking our manual guide below. Both methods are effective – you merely have to choose which one suits you more.

If you want to remove Srcbar.com virus quickly and conveniently, we advise you to download security software. These programs are designed to find and eliminate all the unwanted programs and their components in just a few minutes.

If you do not wish to install extra software, you can check our manual removal guide below. Please make sure you execute each step correctly, as incorrect procedure might not get rid of the PUP.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Srcbar.com, follow these steps:

Erase Srcbar.com from Windows systems

To eliminate Srcbar.com from Windows OS, follow these steps:

To remove Srcbar.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Srcbar.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate Srcbar.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Srcbar.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Srcbar.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Srcbar.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Srcbar.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Srcbar.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Srcbar.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Srcbar.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Srcbar.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Srcbar.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Srcbar.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Srcbar.com from Google Chrome

You need to reset Google Chrome manually:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Srcbar.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Srcbar.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Srcbar.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Srcbar.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Srcbar.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Srcbar.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Srcbar.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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