You know the feeling. You open up your browser to head to your favorite website only to see an ugly toolbar taking up space. And instead of your usual home page, your browser starts with a random search page for a company you've never heard of.
How did that happen? Even more important, how do you get your browser back to normal? None of the settings to fix it is where you'd think it would be. It's beyond frustrating!
Not only do unwanted toolbars and plug-ins squeeze the fun out of going online, they can make your computer less secure. Some outdated plug-ins make it easier for viruses and spyware to sneak in through security holes that your browser would normally plug.
Luckily, you can remove these annoying programs. And most of the time, you can get rid of these programs without re-installing the entire browser.
First, you need to know how these things get on your computer in the first place.