How to Get Rid of a Search Bar

By Kefa Olang

Search bars (aka toolbars) are Web browser software tools that enable you to search for content quickly and easily no matter where you are on the Internet. Some of the popular search bars out there include Google and Yahoo! Once you install a search bar, you can search for content easily without navigating back to a search bar's home page. Since there are many search bars out there, you can also uninstall the ones that you no longer want and keep the one that you use frequently.

Internet Explorer Users

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and click the "Control Panel." If you are using Windows Vista or 7, launch the installed programs window by clicking "Programs" and then clicking "Programs and Features." If you are using Windows XP, launch the same window by double-clicking "Add or Remove Programs."

Step 2

Scroll through the programs window and click the search bar that you want to uninstall. For example, click "Google" or "Yahoo!" search bars. Click "Remove/Uninstall" and click "Yes," or "OK" to confirm and launch the uninstall wizard. Follow the guided prompts to complete the uninstallation.

Step 3

Close and restart your browser for the changes to take effect. You should no longer see the search bar on your Web browser.

Firefox Users

Step 1

Launch Firefox and click the "Tools" menu located on the top of your browser window. Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Add-ons" to launch the add-ons dialog box.

Step 2

Click the "Extensions" tab. You should see a list of the software installed to your Web browser. Scroll down the list and click the search bar that you want to remove. Search bars are also toolbars, so click a toolbar such as "Google" or "Yahoo!" Click "Uninstall" and confirm the uninstallation.

Step 3

Close and restart your browser for the changes to take effect. You should no longer see the search bar on your Web browser window.