Remove Certified Toolbar and Search.certified-toolbar.com


Remove Certified Toolbar - search.certified-toolbar.comCertified Toolbar is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. The Certified Toolbar is made and promoted by Certified Search and will replace or hijack your default homepage to Certified.com and in this case the search results are promoted by search.Certified-Toolbar.com (http://search.certified-toolbar.com/?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0)called Certified-Toolbar Search. The Certified Toolbar is bundled during the installation process of free or shareware downloads by download managers. 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 thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

Remove Certified Toolbar and Search.certified-toolbar.com

Remove Certified Toolbar - search.certified-toolbar.com

Please note that all the software we offer to remove Certified Toolbar 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 Certified Toolbar.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove Certified Toolbar.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop and ask for assistance using the comments at the end of this instruction.

Step 1 – Remove Certified Toolbar from your favorite browser using AdwCleaner

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove Certified Toolbar 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. Need help ? Ask for our assistance and the end of this instruction.

Step 2 – Optional: Reset browser settings

Remove Certified ToolbarRemove Certified Toolbar 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.

Remove Certified Toolbar

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

Remove Certified 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 Certified 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)

# AdwCleaner v3.012 – Report created 15/11/2013 at 13:30:33
# Updated 11/11/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 8 Pro (64 bits)
# Username : FixYourBrowser.com
# Running from : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\Desktop\adwcleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

Service Deleted : WajamUpdaterV3

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DownTango
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\CertifiedToolbar
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Red Sky
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Wajam
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\DownTango
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Wajam
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\LocalLow\CertifiedToolbar
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\LocalLow\SimplyTech
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\CertifiedToolbar
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\SimplyTech
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Wajam
Folder Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jpmbfleldcgkldadpdinhjjopdfpjfjp
File Deleted : C:\Users\Public\Desktop\DownTango.lnk
File Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\uu692ce4.default-1382342285130\searchplugins\Web Search.xml
File Deleted : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\z5mcwxfd.default-1379072010919\searchplugins\Web Search.xml
File Deleted : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\Web Search.xml
File Deleted : C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Browser Updater
File Deleted : C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ProtectedSearch

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****
***** [ Registry ] *****

Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions [{5a95a9e0-59dd-4314-bd84-4d18ca83a0e2}]
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\jpmbfleldcgkldadpdinhjjopdfpjfjp
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\CertifiedToolbar.DLL
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\priam_bho.DLL
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wajam.WajamBHO
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wajam.WajamBHO.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wajam.WajamDownloader
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wajam.WajamDownloader.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.Band
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.Band.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.NotificationSource
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.NotificationSource.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.SourceSinkImpl
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.SourceSinkImpl.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.ToolbarInfo
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\wtb.ToolbarInfo.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\WajamUpdater
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{1FAEE6D5-34F4-42AA-8025-3FD8F3EC4634}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{3FC27B34-0C19-49DA-875E-1875DDD4A6B2}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{D616A4A2-7B38-4DBC-9093-6FE7A4A21B17}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{431532BD-0AE1-4ABC-BE8C-919F3D1332E2}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{5D64294B-1341-4FE7-B6D8-7C36828D4DD5}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A7A6995D-6EE1-4FD1-A258-49395D5BF99C}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A928E66C-F501-4E66-9953-855C712F93B2}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{431532BD-0AE1-4ABC-BE8C-919F3D1332E2}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{8DA8B89E-0C65-403B-8231-AB22ECFA0687}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{A928E66C-F501-4E66-9953-855C712F93B2}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B0E28FA0-DF07-44B6-95CE-48BE26DB9266}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{E6B4EE8F-C38E-4994-BE28-229A3F92262C}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{FCA8936E-403A-4487-A966-70F80F1D5A6A}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{095BFD3C-4602-4FE1-96F1-AEFAFBFD067D}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{A7A6995D-6EE1-4FD1-A258-49395D5BF99C}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{A7A6995D-6EE1-4FD1-A258-49395D5BF99C}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{CFD485F0-96BD-47CD-BB6D-CD7DDA95F102}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFDBDDAA-5D3F-42EE-B79C-185A7020515B}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFDBDDAA-5D3F-42EE-B79C-185A7020515B}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{431532BD-0AE1-4ABC-BE8C-919F3D1332E2}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{8DA8B89E-0C65-403B-8231-AB22ECFA0687}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{A928E66C-F501-4E66-9953-855C712F93B2}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B0E28FA0-DF07-44B6-95CE-48BE26DB9266}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{E6B4EE8F-C38E-4994-BE28-229A3F92262C}
Key Deleted : [x64] HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{FCA8936E-403A-4487-A966-70F80F1D5A6A}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\DownTango
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\simplytech
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Wajam
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\DownTango
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Wajam
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DownTango
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Wajam

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v10.0.9200.16384

Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Bar]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Page]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Search Bar]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Start Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Search Bar]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Search Page]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURls [Tabs]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Start Page]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Start Default_Page_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Default_Search_URL]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Search Bar]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [Search Page]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl [(Default)]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl [(Default)]

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v24.0 (en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\uu692ce4.default-1382342285130\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.defaultenginename”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.defaultengine”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.selectedEngine”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.order.1”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“wtb2933.homepage”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.newtab.url”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=newtab&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“wtb2933.newtab”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“keyword.URL”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0&st=chrome&q=”);

[ File : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\z5mcwxfd.default-1379072010919\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.defaultenginename”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.defaultengine”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.selectedEngine”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.search.order.1”, “Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“wtb2933.homepage”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.newtab.url”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=newtab&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“wtb2933.newtab”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&st=home&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“keyword.URL”, “hxxp://search.certified-toolbar.com?si=41460&tid=2933&ver=4.9&ts=1384518137413&tguid=41460-2933-1384518137413-CA9E91CA98E712A7FB0A7E04C40504D0&st=chrome&q=”);

-\\ Google Chrome v31.0.1650.57

[ File : C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

Deleted : homepage
Deleted : search_url
Deleted : keyword
Deleted : urls_to_restore_on_startup

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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