I get a lot of email and phone calls from people asking about browser toolbars, add-ons and unwanted programs that suddenly appear on their computers. These things can sometimes be tricky to get rid of, and you’re often not sure how they got there in the first place!
In most cases, you agreed to install the toolbar while installing another program. Many free programs include third-party toolbars to help pay the bills.
I tell you if there’s a toolbar in a program I recommend (see further down), but you might not see the warning.
That’s why I always tell folks to read all the screens when installing any program. Most of the time, they’ve hurried through the process and agreed to a screen that installs a toolbar or some other add-on.
If you do accidentally install toolbars, add-ons or other software you can’t get rid of, try using Toolbar Cleaner. It can remove many common unwanted toolbars and add-ons from your browser.
It’s easy to use and it installs fast. But don’t forget my advice! Read the install screens! This program offers to change your homepage to MyStart unless you uncheck the box!
Also, don’t remove an add-on, plug-in or program unless you know what it is and you’re sure you want to remove it. You could accidentally delete an important program.