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Remove Vuze Toolbar (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner – it will do the cleaning for you.

Vuze Toolbar browser hijacker
Vuze 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 bundled
Initially, 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.

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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:

  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 Vuze Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Vuze 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 Vuze 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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 Vuze Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

  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 Vuze Toolbar 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'

Get rid of Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Vuze Toolbar 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, Vuze Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Vuze Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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

Eliminate Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze 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 Vuze Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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