Remove ANY MindSpark Toolbar using AdwCleaner (Removal Guide)

remove any mindspark toolbarThe Toolbars created by MindSpark are a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. The MindSpark Toolbars are made and promoted by MindSpark InterActive and will replace or hijack your default homepage to and the search results are promoted by (Ask Web Search). The MindSpark Toolbars are bundled during the installation process of free or shareware downloads by download managers, or can be downloaded from various mindspark promoted sites. This PUP – Potentially Unwanted Program is not a malicious process, but it’s build to promote services, advertisements and should not be bundled during the installation process to trick users into installing it without a decent notice.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers an Advanced, Custom or Decline button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

Remove any MindSpark Toolbar

Please note that all the software we offer to remove MindSpark Toolbars is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove MindSpark Toolbars.

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Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfuly remove MindSpark Toolbars.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Step 1 – Uninstall the MindSpark Toolbar from your computer

Step 2 – Remove the MindSpark Toolbar from your browser using AdwCleaner

Step 3 – Remove MindSpark Toolbar related files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove MindSpark Toolbars from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails.

Step 3 – Optional: Reset browser settings

computer_icon_32Uninstall MindSpark Toolbar from your computer

Windows XP or Windows 7

Goto Start – Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall a program

Remove MindSpark Toolbar

Select the specific toolbar from Mindspark Interactive. and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

Windows 8

Open Charms goto Search type Control Panel (or goto Apps – Windows System – Control Panel)

Remove MindSpark Toolbar

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program
Select the specific toolbar from Mindspark Interactive. and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

Remove MindSpark ToolbarRemove MindSpark Toolbars using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove MindSpark Toolbar

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove MindSpark Toolbar

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free Clean your computer with using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

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  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

Optional: Reset browser settings

If for some reason the instruction as supplied does not work for you, or the problem remains. It might be advised to restore your settings from your favorite browser to default settings. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button
  6. Click Reset once more

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart

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