Monday, October 31, 2011

How To Remove Uninstallable Toolbars

Occasionally, when you install a new program and you didn’t read the fine print, it will automatically install toolbar(s) in your IE. These toolbars are often annoying, disruptive and take up valuable screen estate. In most cases, you can uninstall them via the Add/Remove Program panel, but there are times when they are very persistent and refuse to disappear from your browser.

In this example, we are going to uninstall the (this is only for illustration purpose. in no way did I mean that Alexa toolbar is not useful). The tool we are going to use is Autoruns.
Autoruns is a tool designed by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, you can download the program using this link:
This tool can configure what programs run during startup. It can also be used to find out what plugins are installed in Internet Explorer.
To use the utility, run the application as Administrator:

Autoruns classify the objects, basically dynamic link libraries and programs, using different tabs. Just go to “Internet Explorer” tab:

In the screenshot above, we can see that the tab is split into three groups.
  • First group contains the browser helper objects. They are plugins designed to provide a new functionality.
  • Second group is a list of the toolbar in the browser
  • Third group are extensions.
In this case, we are going to remove the Alexa toolbar. Highlight the entry, right click and select “Delete”.

Done. You have just removed an uninstallable toolbar.


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