How to remove an Internet browser toolbar
When installing a new free program or updating an old program, you may miss the option to not install a browser toolbar. When this happens, you can still uninstall the browser toolbar by following the steps below.
Tip: If the toolbar is legitimate, you can uninstall the toolbar like any Windows program.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Toolbars can be removed from Internet Explorer by following the steps below.
- Click Tools. If you do not see Tools, press the Alt key to open the File menu and then click Tools.
- In the Tools menu, click Manage Add-ons.
- In Manage add-ons, under the Toolbars and Extensions section, select the toolbar you want to disable and then click the Disable button.
Toolbars and add-ons can be removed from Mozilla Firefox by following the steps below.
Remove any unrecognized add-ons
- Click the hamburger menu icon and click Add-ons.
- Click Extensions and highlight the toolbar or any other Extension you do not recognize.
- Click the Remove button.
Disable the toolbar
- Press the Alt key on the keyboard to get the File menu.
- Click View and then Toolbars.
- Uncheck any Toolbar you do not want to be shown.
If the above steps have not helped, you can refresh Firefox to restore default settings by following the steps below.
- Click the hamburger menu icon and click the question mark (help) icon.
- In the Firefox help menu, click the Refresh button.
Toolbars and add-ons can be removed from Google Chrome by following the steps below.
- Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
- Click Settings.
- Click the Extensions and remove any toolbar or other extensions you do not recognize.
Note: If the above steps cannot disable the toolbar and the program is not listed in the Windows uninstall programs, it is likely that your browser has been hijacked.