November 27, 2014

How to uninstall Amazon toolbar smart search virus

Amazon Smart Search virus is a toolbar application that can create a big pain. this program is usually bundled with free-ware software that you download from Internet, during the install process, you might have skipped a window which says Amazon toolbar and smart search will be installed on your PC. Once it has been installed, it will change Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet explorer, Opera or Safari`s default settings including homepage and default search engine. After this, all of sudden user finds that everytime he performs a search using Google.com, the results are coming from http://search.amazon.com and also the homepage opens that website automatically. This thing irritates when you are trying to access another website but the Amazon smart search appears instead. Besides this, Amazon toolbar malware can show commercial ads as pop-ups on your screen too and makes your system perform slower then usual. To keep your computer safe and fast, we recommend you to uninstall Amazon toolbar and smart search immediately.

Common Symptoms of Amazon toolbar infection:
This kind of malwares usually change your Homepage, Search provider, Desktop Background.
They can display bunch of unstoppable pop-ups advertisements.
Computer performs slower then usual, browser may crash over and over.
Strange websites are automatically opened on the computer after a frequent interval.
Disabled Folder options, Task manager, Registry editing tools.
Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
Unexpected browser behaviors such as URL/link redirects.
Unwanted and unknown Plugin/extension or add-ons attached with browser.
Useless shortcuts on desktop or creepy websites added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.


How to uninstall Amazon toolbar

Remove toolbars, plugins, extensions, add-ons
Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users:
Go to TOOLS and then click MANAGE ADD-ON, From there, select Extensions, Toolbars and remove the Amazon toolbar if found. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Google Chrome Users:
Click SETTINGS icon and select SETTINGS, then open Extensions, toolbar, search provider options, remove the Amazon toolbar if listed there. Make sure Google is set as default search Provider.

Uninstall from Control Panel
Open CONTROL PANEL, then ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS or “Programs and Features”, now lookup for Amazon toolbar and uninstall if it is listed.

How to delete Amazon toolbar manually:
If the malware did not go away after uninstall procedure, try these steps. Please note, the manual removal method is a bit complex and it can go wrong if you perform its tasks incorrectly. It is advised to run an automatic virus removal software for safe and easy solutions. However, if you are good with Manual removal, do the steps below.

Possibly corrupt registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “DisableTaskMgr” = 1

Delete files:
Open then following folders or search for Amazon toolbar in My Computer and delete if found files associated with this bug.

C:\program files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
%AllUsersProfile%\

Amazon toolbar & smart search virus removal tool
It is always good and safe to use an automatic software to detect and eliminate viruses and malwares. The programs below are best for removing malwares.

1: Malware Bytes (Mbam)

2: Hitman