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Browser Toolbars and Your Online Privacy

How To Remove Adware, Unwanted Toolbars, Browser Hijackers & Search Hijackers

Do web browser toolbars invade your online privacy?

It's now a popular practice for internet users to install third-party toolbar browser extensions to customize and enhance their web browsing experience. Web browser extensions enhance browsers with such features as search toolbars, background images or skins, automatically filling out web forms and displaying related links. They are usually free of charge and earn their revenue by delivering targeted advertising to the user's screen display. Unfortunately many of these web browser extensions also send intrusive pop-up ads, change browser settings, monitor surfing habits and may even stealth install themselves without the user's prior knowledge and consent. They can be very problematic to remove or may even reinstall themselves later if all their software components are not removed. It is possible to avoid identity theft associated with these types of intrusions (more on this later) by using a service like which can ensure that your private information is safe with 24/7 monitoring.

Some of these toolbar browser extensions are a type of software product known as "adware" since they are programs that deliver ads to their users. Google's toolbar provides an enhanced search engine function and details about the websites visited. To its credit it has a manual user selected option that permits details of website visits to be sent to its home server so it can retrieve and display additional information about those websites. Unlike Google, many browser toolbars automatically monitor and report back to their home servers with information about where their users are traveling on the internet. Users are not provided with any option to disable internet monitoring!


Toolbar Removal

Download Anti-Malware 2.0 to safely remove unwanted toolbars such as Security Toolbar, TrustinBar, Tango Toolbar, Lop, Mirar, AzeSearch, ISTbar, I-Lookup and Xupiter.

Adware toolbars are becoming increasingly more sophisticated at evading security software. Most firewalls won't block them because they integrate with your web browser and antivirus software won't detect them because they aren't viruses. However, special software is available to locate and safely remove adware toolbars.

Anti-Malware 2.0 is a sophisticated adware removal tool that can thoroughly scan your computer for thousands of known privacy intrusive programs, and provides ongoing protection against new variants.

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The risk with website monitoring is that it's possible for query strings to be monitored and retransmitted. Query strings are data strings following the '?' delimiter in urls often used by webform submissions and search engines. Query strings may contain sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, names, addresses, hotel/flight reservation details and other personally identifiable information which an unethical browser extension could monitor and retransmit to its home server or a third party. Firewalls won't block browser extensions because they're integrated into the web browser.

Browser toolbars can sometimes be removed by using the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility or by running the toolbar's uninstaller which should be packaged with it. Otherwise, adware toolbars can be removed by running an adware removal tool. Anti-Malware 2.0 is a good choice for removing unwanted search toolbars, search hijackers and hard-to-remove browser hijackers. It can safely remove Mirar, Lop, Gator, ISTbar, AzeSearch, WinFixer and hundreds more adware programs. Anti-Malware 2.0 also has scheduled scans and an online update option to protect your system against new variants. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional help to remove a pest.

Before removing an adware toolbar you may like to take notes and screenshots of the companies being advertised in its links, search listings or pop-up ads. Then write polite letters of complaint to the advertised companies. Adware companies and advertising agencies will not care but reputable advertisers will. For instance, in 2004 Mercedes-Benz fired it's entire advertising agency when they discovered its products were being advertised in Gator adware.

If internet users desire the extra benefits and enhancemants provided by web browser extension technology, then ethical url monitoring will be necessary to deliver some of these services. However, I'd like to encourage users to read company privacy policies and question the product owners about these important privacy issues. Advances in internet technology should be embraced, but not to the detriment of our online privacy and enjoyment of the Net.

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