Certified Toolbar

It seems like we’re getting loads of these toolbars nowadays, ain’t it? They’re kinda annoying, because they’re sort of useful, and yet they’re not exactly, so why on earth should we have on our computers, right? Well, this time it’s Certified Toolbar. If you access the official website for this toolbar at certified-toolbar.com, Certified Toolbar will present itself as a “simple, light-weight tool that features tested and proven applicationsddd“. Well, basically, you install it on your browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, you name it), and then all of your favorite apps (Like Facebook, Skype, Twitter etc) are just one click away.

Huh, sounds very nice and all, but why then I see a soar in “Remove Certified Toolbar” searches this January? Clearly, not everyone is satisfied with this browser extension. To be a devil’s advocate here, I have to say that Certified Toolbar is not a virus. You can’t really classify it as a computer threat, because the official website offers instructions on how to uninstall Certified Toolbar. So there, fair and square.

Nevertheless, even though Certified Toolbar is supposed to be downloaded from the official page, quite often this extension can come bundled with freeware, and that’s how it gets installed automatically without you even realizing it (especially if you go through the installation process like “Meh~ I’ll just click Next”). If you do not pay attention, Certified Toolbar easily changes your default home page settings, and you find yourself as search.certified-toolbar.com instead of your usually page.

What is more, Certified Toolbar stores your browsing data that can be used by third parties for marketing purposes. And in case the extension gets exploited by cyber criminals, they could use its ability to store personal data to collect sensitive information. Also, various redirections in the long run can become the source of a serious malware infection, so you know. Even if Certified Toolbar does not look THAT dangerous, I’d say it would be for the best to remove it from your computer right now.

Luckily, you can achieve that manually if you have will and patience.

Remove Certified Toolbar from Windows

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu.
  2. Go to Control Panel –> Uninstall a program.
  3. Click Certified Toolbar and Uninstall it.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu.
  2. Go to Control Panel –> Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Highlight Certified Toolbar and uninstall it.

Windows 8

  1. Right-click the bottom left corner of the screen and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Click Certified Toolbar and uninstall it.

Remove Certified Toolbar from your browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Tools menu –> Manage add-ons.
  2. Remove Certified Toolbar from Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Open Tools –> Internet Options.
  4. Delete search.certified-toolbar.com from home page section at General tab.
  5. Enter a home page address you prefer and click OK.
  6. Go to Manage add-ons.
  7. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from Search Providers list.

Mozilla Firefox

 

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and remove Certified Toolbar from the Extensions list.
  2. Click Firefox button –> Options.
  3. Delete search.certified-toolbar.com from home page section under General tab.
  4. Enter a home page address you prefer..
  5. Click the search bar at the top right corner and press F4.
  6. Click Manage search engines… and remove search.certified-toolbar.com from the list.
  7. Save changes.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Tools –> Extensions.
  2. Remove Certified Toolbar from the list.
  3. Go to Settings and press Set pages under “On startup”.
  4. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from the list.
  5. Enter the domain name you like.
  6. Go to Settings and click Manage search engines…
  7. Remove search.certified-toolbar.com from the list.
  8. Enter a default search engine address you like and save changes.

Despite the fact that it is possible to remove Certified Toolbar manually, there might be some malicious files remaining afterwards. Thus, it is highly recommended to scan your computer with a reliable antimalware tool after you’re done with the manual removal.

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