How to Remove Browser Toolbars

By Andrew Smith

Toolbars can be useful additions to your Web browser. These add-ons can allow you to search the Web without navigating to a website or allow you to store links to several websites. You may notice that the Web browser has toolbars you didn't install, or you may be dissatisfied with a toolbar or two. In these cases, you can disable and then remove those toolbars from the Web browser. Follow a few steps to delete browser toolbars.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. Click "Tools." Choose "Manage Add-ons." A window will open. Click "Toolbars and Extensions." A list of toolbars and other "add-ons" will be listed in the middle of the window. Click on a toolbar. Then, click "Disable" at the bottom of the window. That toolbar will disappear from Internet Explorer. Do this for each toolbar you want to remove. You can then close the window.

Step 2

Click "Start" in the taskbar. Choose "Control Panel." Click "Add or Remove Programs." Then, search for the toolbar you wish to remove. Click on that toolbar and then click "Remove" to delete the toolbar from your computer.

Step 3

Scan your computer for viruses and spyware. These infections could cause toolbars to get installed onto a browser. Click the "Security Software" link that is located in Resources. Once you do, you will find several different download links for both antivirus programs and antispyware programs. Click on one of those links to read about the program. Then, click the "Download Now" link on the program's Web page to download that particular program. From there, you'll be able to download, install and run that program.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any of the "top ten" spyware or virus removal programs listed on the Security Software website will work when attempting to remove toolbars caused by infections.

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