Remove Search Bars
To remove a third-party search bar from your browser first try running its uninstaller, if one is available for it. It might be packaged with it or downloadable from its website. Alternatively, most reputable software products can easily be removed by using the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility:
- Click the 'Start' menu,
- Select 'Control Panel'
- Open the 'Add/Remove Programs' option.
- Search for the name of the search bar in the list of programs, click 'Change/Remove' and follow the prompts to uninstall it.
If the search bar can't be removed manually or if it keeps coming back then it's more than likely your PC is infected with adware. In any case it's a good idea to scan your system with a good antispyware program to make sure you get rid of it completely.
About Adware Toolbars
Search toolbars that track website visits and spawn pop-up ads are becoming increasingly prevalent on the internet. They can steath install without the user's knowledge, hijack their web browser and track their surfing activity. The tracked surfing data is transmitted to their home servers so that targeted advertising and pop-up ad windows can be delivered to their unsuspecting users via the bundled software. Sometimes no uninstaller is provided or if there is it may not completely remove the toolbar and all its components. They often resist all attempts to uninstall them, leaving no option than to use a spyware removal tool designed to remove them. Example adware toolbars include Security Toolbar, Lop, Gator, Mirar Toolbar and AzeSearch.
Remove Search Hijackers
Search Hijackers are spyware programs that reroute your search and URL requests through an unseen site. Search requests are captured so that targeted ad listings are displayed rather than relevant search results. Gala Search is an example of search hijacker that redirects the user to its website or otherwise unexpected websites when clicking on search results.
Error Hijackers also display ad listings by changing the error page shown whenever a URL is not found. Anti-Spyware tools can be used to safely uninstall search and error hijackers from your system.