Toolbar Toolbar Description

The Toolbar is a family of customizable toolbars that, according to their company, claim to offer easy revenue generation and free marketing for various digital brands. However, once malware research team cleared the air of the Toolbar's substantial marketing efforts, they found the Toolbar to be no better than a typical PUP or Potentially Unwanted Application, with 'features' that redirect traffic to specified websites, hijack your homepage and generate advertising links. Because these functions don't offer anything of value to your Web-browsing experience, you usually should remove an Toolbar, if the Toolbar becomes installed without your consent. However, the Toolbar currently is not categorized as malicious software and isn't a meaningful threat to your PC's safety.

Why Toolbar Can Take You Anywhere... without Your Permission

The Toolbar's website is filled with heavily positive marketing 'features' for businesses interested in using toolbars to promote their products, but less information can be found about how these toolbars benefit their actual users. Because an Toolbar can be configured to promote various sites and services, malware experts can't offer a firm analysis of links provided by Toolbars, but they can recommend using a general degree of caution whenever you're dealing with sites promoted by them.

The Toolbar's bittersweet 'features' do little to differentiate the Toolbar from any other Potentially Unwanted Program or low-class browser hijacker. malware researchers particularly noted the following traits related to the Toolbar:

  • Changes that lock your browser's homepage to a pre-specified page.
  • An automatic update system that may change characteristics of the Toolbar without your consent.
  • Additional links, advertisements and other unwanted content embedded into your browser, along with the associated Toolbar's main components.

Digging Past the Hype to the Truth About the Toolbar

Once you've discarded its website marketing and looked at the features included in an Toolbar, you should be able to see that there are no real advantages to having the Toolbar installed in your browser – even if various businesses would love for you to do so. The Toolbar's browser changes are potential security issues, as with all browser changes that promote sites beyond your personal control. malware researchers recommend deleting PUPs with anti-malware products that can guarantee the removal of all groundless browser changes as much as possible.

The Toolbar is predominantly focused on the United Kingdom, but its functions are not limited to affecting PCs from that region. The Toolbar's many variants also are compatible with multiple types of browsers, including Firefox and Internet Explorer, although non-Wndows machines appear to be beneath the company's radar – at least, at this time.

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Posted: July 3, 2013
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