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Remove XFinity Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Dec 2017

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

XFinity Toolbar shouldn't be trusted

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XFinity Toolbar is a specific extension[1] which might hijack Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers. Even though the developers, Comcast, claims that it should provide you quick access to the most commonly used platforms, in reality, not everyone is satisfied with its services. After installing this potentially unwanted program, you might encounter numerous redirects to suspicious websites and intrusive ads.

It is essential to understand that XFinity Toolbar is not a virus. However, it can make browser modifications without your consent and constrain you to use Comcast.net services on a daily basis. Moreover, the delivered results of this browser hijacker are also altered — they are designed to promote sponsored advertisers in order to generate pay-per-click revenue.

Likewise, we find these features unacceptable and suggest you remove XFinity Toolbar right away. Pick ReimageIntego or any other reliable security software and uninstall the potentially unwanted program without any doubts. Note that it is also possible to get rid of it manually. In this case, you should follow the instructions below.

XFinity toolbar virus illustrationXFinity Toolbar is an add-on which might hijack your browser and deliver annoying pop-ups.

Questions about XFinity Toolbar

Besides, while checking the Privacy Policy of XFinity, we found out that it collects personally identifiable information:

The information collected by Comcast falls into two categories:

  1. Information voluntarily supplied by visitors to and users of the website;
  2. Tracking information recorded as visitors and users navigate through the website.

Some of this information is personally identifiable information which identifies a particular person.

Therefore, by using XFinity Toolbar, you agree that your private details might be gathered by Comcast.net and used for their own purposes. We warn that this data can include your name, surname, email and other valuable information and used to send spam emails or be sold to third-party companies.

Additionally, XFinity removal is not easy — you must uninstall not only the browser hijacker but also all of its components. This procedure might be tricky. Likewise, do not forget to check the manual elimination guide which is presented at the end of this article. 

Learn how a browser extension has reached your PC

The primary source of the potentially unwanted program is Comcast.net website. You can manually install the add-on without any complications. However, developers also bundle it with freeware to increase the number of people using it[2]. It means that while you think you install only one program, the browser hijacker is installed together with it. 

This unacceptable distribution method starts from offering Quick or Recommended settings which do not fully disclose the information about the potentially unwanted program. Likewise, the computer users who choose them manually infiltrate the hijacker. 

However, you can avoid PUPs by following a simple 3-step guide:

  1. Always use a sturdy security software;
  2. Pick Advanced/Custom options;
  3. Unmark any pre-selected boxes that permit to install the hijacker.

Easy XFinity Toolbar elimination

If you seek to remove XFinity virus quickly and safely, choose automatic elimination. You just need to download an antivirus system and examine your computer. Shortly after it detects the browser hijacker, your computer will be free from potentially unwanted programs.

Additionally, you should check XFinity removal guide below. It will show you how to uninstall specific extensions which prevent you from resetting your browser to the original state. Experts from Virusi.hr[3] note that it is important not to skip steps since it may lead to complications or unsuccessful elimination. 

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To remove XFinity Toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall XFinity 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 XFinity 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 XFinity Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete XFinity 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 XFinity 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

Eliminate XFinity Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can fix Mozilla by uninstalling all suspicious add-ons and resetting it.

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

Get rid of XFinity 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 XFinity 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 XFinity Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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