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Certified Toolbar ....what is it? why is it? What to do about it?

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#1 AmyAnne


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 04:28 PM

1000 pardons if this is addressed elsewhere, but I didn't see it.


Certified Toolbar appeared about a week ago at sign on, and has presented messages from anime, car adverts, and scare tactics concerning my computer being on the verge of crashing....it can fix up everything, of course....for free.   I ignore it and go right to my homepage.  I have not clicked on anything because I'm pretty sure it's up to no good.


I looked on line for a removal suggestion, and I got conflicting info.  Most say it's an evil virus that hyjacks searches, among other things, but some say it's a new beneficial way of increasing search possibilities.  Which is correct?  Or is it something else?


I'm reluctant to try the "DELETE IT HERE" choices, fearing that's yet another virus gateway.  


If those fixes are legit, how can I tell?  And which one is best?


I truly appreciate your help/info!

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#2 sikntired


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 04:55 PM

The main purpose of this toolbar is to make unsuspecting PC users use the search engine that is presented in search.certified-toolbar.com When computer users clicks on the sponsored results which are returned while using the mentioned search bar a person or a company receives revenue.


You may have gotten it bundled with something that was offered "free".


To uninstall Click on Start < select Programs and Features> look for Certified Toolbar and Uninstall.


Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Delete.
Confirm each time with Ok.


If you experience any further problems wait for an Advisor to offer assistance.

Edited by sikntired, 06 June 2013 - 06:22 PM.

#3 boopme


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:43 PM

Hello, we have a  Removal guide for this here ,,, scroll to the Automated Removal Instructions
Remove the Search.certified-toolbar.com Browser Hijacker
You need to run RKill before the the removal tool  such as suggested above.
You can still run  AdwCleaner  but after step 17.
Let us know how it is.
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#4 AmyAnne

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:21 PM

THANKS very much for the info.  I'll report back if something goes wrong, otherwise please assume "mission accomplished".  

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