What is certified toolbar
When your home page is changed to search.certified-toolbar.com behind your back it is logical to suspect that you are infected with browser hijacker. Certified Toolbar is often called a browser hijacker as well, although the reality is that it is more of a complimentary part of a browser extension. Certified Toolbar comes with Certified Toolbar Community Toolbar that is developed by Conduit Ltd. The toolbar and the website themselves are not dangerous computer threats despite what might be claimed in various computer security websites. However, it might cause people various inconveniences, because these browser plugins are of a rather intrusive nature, so the main piece of advice from security experts is to remove Certified Toolbar from the PC, in order to avoid a long list of possible complications.
Since Certified Toolbar is developed by Conduit Ltd, this browser extension is closely related to Iminent Community Toolbar, Appbario Toolbar or YA Search Community Toolbar – all of these browser extensions function in a very same way. The thing is that you can easily download them at official websites and install on your computer. After all, Certified Toolbar does install a toolbar that provides you with a search bar and a direct access to various websites. The question arises then, why some users claim that their browser home page was changed by force?
How I got search.certified-toolbar.com
Well, the thing is that Certified Toolbar can also be downloaded from a third party website, bundled with random freeware. In such a case, people often install programs on their PCs without paying much attention to what kind of additional applications they install. Certified Toolbar often PROMPTS user about the oncoming installation, but if user skips that step, it is of no wonder that the entire default setup of the extension is installed.
As I have already mentioned, Certified Toolbar is not computer malware, but it might deliver questionable third party advertisements, or redirect users to corrupted websites. It can easily happen if this extension gets exploited by cyber criminals. Luckily, it is possible to remove Certified Toolbar from a computer manually, and you can easily achieve it yourself, if you follow the instructions below:
How to delete Certified Toolbar from your PC
Remove from Windows 8: Right-click metro Start screen. Click All apps button on the bottom right and go to Control Panel. Click Uninstall a program and remove Certified Toolbar from the list.
Remove from Windows Vista & Windows 7: Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel. Click Uninstall a program and remove Certified Toolbar.
Remove from Windows XP: Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel. Click Add or Remove Programs and remove Certified Toolbar.
How to delete Certified Toolbar from your browser
Remove from Internet Explorer: Press Alt+X and go to Internet Options. Delete search.certified-toolbar.com from home page section under General tab. Enter a new home page address and click OK. Press Alt+X again and click Manage add-ons. Click Search Providers on the left pane. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from the list, set a new search engine and save changes.
Remove from Mozilla Firefox: Open your browser and click Firefox button. Go to Options and open General tab. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from home page section. Enter a new home page address and click OK. Click the search engine icon on the left of the search bar (top right corner). Select Manage search engines. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from the list and set a new default search engine.
And this is it! It is really not complicated to restore your default browser settings manually. However, I have mentioned that Certified Toolbar could be instrumental in malware distribution as well (if hacked). Therefore, even after manual removal it would be wise to perform a full system scan with a reliable antimalware tool. And if you detect any malicious presence in your system remove it at once.
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