ALOT Toolbar

ALOT Toolbar Description


ScreenshotALOT Toolbar is a semi-malicious browser add-on. While masquerading as a useful search-related for mainstream niche information like cooking recipes or parenting topics, ALOT Toolbar creates unwanted advertisements and alters your homepage with Alothome.com and default search provider with Search.alot.com. ALOT Toolbar may also redirect your browser to dangerous websites or use advertisements that contain links to such sites. Overall, ALOT Toolbar is nothing but a nuisance to the user of the computer ALOT Toolbar is on; you should delete ALOT Toolbar and to avoid becoming a new source of earnings for the company behind this poor browser product.

ALOT Toolbar isn’t the Most Helpful of Browser Helpers


The company behind ALOT Toolbar does its best to market ALOT Toolbar (ALOT Appbar) as a friendly search engine toolbar application, but that’s only part of the real story. After beginning its life as a registered Browser Helper Object (BHO), ALOT Toolbar starts creating pop-up advertisement without your permission. Those advertisements will not leave until ALOT Toolbar itself leaves, too. You’ll definitely know if ALOT Toolbar is still around – a lot Toolbar’s toolbar will be very prominent on your web browser of choice.

Your search results may be hijacked to allow ALOT Toolbar to reap profits from your traffic. This can redirect you to dangerous sites or simply interfere with your ability to find the websites you actually want.
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This can also extend to URLs typed directly into your web browser’s navigation bar, under the excuse of making up for ‘typos.’

ALOT Toolbar also changes your browser’s default homepage to ask.com, giving the site more traffic and preventing you from enjoying the convenience of a homepage of your choosing. Attempts to revert the homepage back to a previous one will usually fail.

ALOT Toolbar is a Tricky ‘Helper’ to Remove


Different users have reported experiences of varying difficulty when trying to remove ALOT Toolbar from their PCs. Some, none, or all of the following may occur:
  • ALOT Toolbar may not show up in your Program Files folder. In some cases, the program files may be hiding under the Hidden folder and file attribute. You can see folders with this attribute by changing settings under the View tab of the Folder Options menu (available under the Tools category).
  • ALOT Toolbar may or may not show up in Control Panel’s provided Add/Remove Programs listings. If it is, you can remove ALOT Toolbar as you would remove any normal application, but this removal method may be incomplete. You’re advised to run a good anti-malware scan to follow this up just in case.
  • Another possibility for getting rid of ALOT Toolbar is to uninstall ALOT Toolbar through your browser’s add-ons management interface. As with other methods, ALOT Toolbar may or may not allow itself to be flushed out in this fashion, but it’s worth a try if you currently lack access to other uninstallation tactics.

Deleting ALOT Toolbar can be done easily by any anti-malware program with a reasonably updated threat database. Just remember to close all browser windows when your favorite anti-malware application is scanning your system, or else ALOT Toolbar may make it through unscathed!

Aliases


Alot Toolbar [Sophos]



ALOT Toolbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with ALOT Toolbar? To safely & quickly detect ALOT Toolbar we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Visual & GUI Characteristics


ALOT Toolbar Screenshot 2ALOT Toolbar Screenshot 3

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}alotAppbaralotToolbarHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{A531D99C-5A22-449b-83DA-872725C6D0ED}
Posted: February 7, 2008 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 1/10
Detection Count: 33,750

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