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Remove Vuze Toolbar (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Vuze Toolbar is a browser plugin that attaches to Google Chrome or another browser and changes its settings

Vuze Toolbar

Vuze Toolbar is a browser extension that is bundled together with the BitTorrent client Vuze, so users rarely notice its infiltration. The tool was actively promoted via the installer a decade ago, and, because users used to choose Recommended settings, would install the toolbar unintentionally.

Once installed, the plugin used to hijack Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers and set the homepage and new tab URL to Yahoo, which consequently would show excessive amounts of advertisement. Besides, many users complained that they were struggling with Vuze Toolbar removal at the time,[1][2], so the process often required specialized security software to terminate completely.

For all those reasons, Vuze Remote Toolbar was considered to be a type potentially unwanted program – browser hijacker.[3] These apps make changes to web browsers in order to display sponsored search results as well as cover various sites with a layer of ads. However, Vuze does not distribute the plugin anymore and provides details instructions on how to eliminate it.

Name Vuze Toolbar
Also known as Vuze Remote Toolbar
Type Browser hijacker
Developer Azureus Software
Infiltration Software bundles, third-party sites
Symptoms Hijacked search engine and homepage, sponsored searched results, increased amount of ads on all visited sites
Termination Use security software or check our manual removal guide below
Recovery Because the PUP might be difficult to remove, it might leave its traces behind. To avoid that, scan your device with ReimageIntego

Those who get infected with Vuze Toolbar nowadays possibly used an old installed of the BitTorrent client, downloaded it bundled with other freeware or installed it from dodgy third-party sites. Therefore, while the infection is old, it does not mean that it might not be present.

Vuze Toolbar possesses all the features of a classic browser hijacker:

  • bundled with other software, i.e., installed unintentionally;
  • changes the new tab functionality and sets search engine the homepage to Yahoo;
  • ads a toolbar at the top of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari browsers;
  • displays altered search results that are filled with sponsored links;
  • is difficult to eliminate.

Be aware that, even though Vuze Remote Toolbar redirects all searches to Yahoo, the results are not organic.[4] On the contrary, they are filtered, and sponsored links are always provided on top. These links are often relative to users' interests – targeted advertisement is used in order to employ the scheme successfully. For that, information about users' web browsing habits is often collected and might include IP address, geolocation, technical details, search queries, links clicked, sites visited, cookie data, bookmarks added, etc.

If you are looking for ways how to remove Vuze Toolbar, you should check our guidelines below. As we previously mentioned, users used to struggle with the termination of the unwanted program. However, if you follow our instructions carefully, it should be easy.

In case you still do not succeed to terminate Vuze Toolbar, you should employ anti-malware software like ReimageIntego – it will do the cleaning for you.

Vuze Toolbar browser hijackerVuze Toolbar is a browser hijacker that changes settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser without permission

Potentially unwanted program distribution techniques

Potentially unwanted programs are usually distributed within software bundles, hosted on third-party sites or promoted via advertisement campaigns on various sites. Nevertheless, software bundling is the most probable cause of the PUP infection on most users' machines.

The latter works so well because users are often careless when it comes to the installation of freeware or shareware apps, and most don't even know that optional components are offered to them within a single software package. This is because additional programs are cleverly hidden within the installer, as freeware developers use multiple deceptive techniques such as:

  • Pre-ticked boxes;
  • Deliberately misplaced buttons (“Decline offer” is placed on the left side instead of the right – that is were users mostly click to continue the installation);
  • Recommended settings, etc.

Thus, when you are establishing new apps, make sure you never skip through steps and always pick Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones.

Delete Vuze Remote Toolbar from your device

While initially a PUP is not a significant computer threat, its prolonged usage might compromise your online safety and increase the risk of malware infections. Therefore, if you found changes made to your browser without your consent, you should remove Vuze Toolbar as soon as possible. You can do it either manually or automatically – use our guide below or scan your machine with anti-malware software.

Vuze Toolbar bundledInitially, Vuze Toolbar was bundled with Vuze BitTorrent client; however, if you found it on your browser recently, it means you are downloaded it from a third-party site

Manual Vuze Toolbar might sometimes not be successful, however. If that is the case, you should scan your computer with anti-malware software, as it would terminate all the unwanted components and traces belonging to the hijacker.

Finally, as soon as you delete Vuze Remote Toolbar, you should also reset each of the installed browsers, as its altered settings will still be present.

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 Vuze Toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall Vuze Toolbar from Windows systems

To remove Vuze Toolbar from the Windows operating system, you will have to access Control Panel:

To remove Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar (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.

Erase Vuze Toolbar from Mac OS X system

If your Mac is suffering from adware symptoms, you should perform the following steps:

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

Remove Vuze Toolbar from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze 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, 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 Vuze Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar-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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 Vuze Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you delete the unwanted app:

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 Vuze Toolbar and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Vuze Toolbar from Google Chrome

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 Vuze Toolbar 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Vuze Toolbar-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 Vuze Toolbar removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar 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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