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How to Remove AVG Toolbar and AVG Secure Search from IE/FF/Chrome?

 

An AVG toolbar appears on your internet browser and you are annoyed about being constantly hijacked to mysearch.avg.com? This article will guide you to get rid of this nasty computer infection. Read on.

 

 

What Is AVG Toolbar and AVG Secure Search?

 

 

AVG Toolbar, also referred to as AVG SafeGuard Toolbar, is a browser hijacker that can infect most of popular web browser including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once installed, it will add plugin and extensions to your installed web browser, and set mysearch.avg.com as the homepage, new tab page and default search engine. In that way, you will see an AVG/AVG SafeGuard toolbar on your browser and all your search will end up with AVG Secure Search responses.

mysearch.avg.com homepage

 

AVG Secure Search (mysearch.avg.com) is actually an ad-supported search engine although looks like a legitimate search engine. It will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search result to earn money. It may also collect your personal information such as your search terms and browsing habits in order to feed you more precise ads.

 

AVG Toolbar is often promoted via other free downloads, that’s probably why you are unaware of how and when it got into your computer and why people regard it as a computer virus. It is technically not a virus, but it does interfere with the experience of users by hijacking victims’ browser and slowing down their browser and computer. So in that sense, most of computer users want to remove this browser toolbar and it is classified as PUP (Potentially unwanted program) by the industry.

 

 

How to Remove AVG Toolbar and Mysearch.avg.com Redirect? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                            

Outline of the removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall AVG toolbar and related malicious program

Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller
Option 2 > Uninstall manually through Control Panel

Step 2 Remove Mysearch.avg.com redirect from IE/FF/Chrome

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

To remove AVG toolbar and AVG Secure Search from your computer and internet browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) completely, please follow the guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a reply below and we will try our best to help you to resolve your problem.

 

 

Step 1 Uninstall AVG toolbar and related malicious program

 

As mentioned above, AVG toolbar and AVG Secure Search infect computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you need to search for and uninstall AVG SafeGuard toolbar and all the suspicious third-party applications.

 

 

Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system optimizer and cleaner. After uninstall a program, Anvi Uninstaller will detect leftovers, such as registry keys and junk files.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. To uninstall AVG toolbar and related programs:

Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate AVG SafeGuard toolbar and any other suspicious third-party programs → hit Uninstall to remove it

Please kindly note that downloading Anvi Uninstaller won’t take you much time.

Anvi Uninstaller

AVG SafeGuard toolbar-uninstall 2

Please note that the Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

3. To clean residual files: Switch to Home tab → click Boost button → click Clean button after scan finished

 

Next step–remove Mysearch.avg.com redirect from IE/FF/Chrome

 

 

Option 2 > Uninstall manually through Control Panel

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ click on Uninstall a Program → locate AVG SafeGuard toolbar and any other suspicious programs → click on Uninstall button

Or, you can access the Control Panel by right clicking on the bottom left hot corner Hot button and select Control Panel from the list.

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → locate AVG SafeGuard toolbar and any other suspicious programs → Click on Uninstall button

AVG SafeGuard toolbar-uninstall 1

 

For Windows XP Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate AVG SafeGuard toolbar and any other suspicious programs → Click on Remove button

 

Please note that although AVG toolbar and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

 

Step 2 Remove Mysearch.avg.com redirect from IE/FF/Chrome

 

Although AVG toolbar and related programs are uninstalled, the settings of your web browser won’t revert accordingly. That means you need to restore the settings by yourselves.

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

 

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://mysearch.avg.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

IE-homepage set

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on AVG SafeGuard toolbar → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

AVG SafeGuard toolbar on IE

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click AVG Secure Search or any unwanted search provider → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

IE-search provider setting

 

That’s all for the removal of Mysearch.avg.com redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer infected on your computer. You may proceed to the Malware Prevention Tips part for more information.

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

 

1. To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Disable AVG SafeGuard toolbar

AVG SafeGuard toolbar on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

2. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

Firefox-homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate AVG Secure Search or any suspicious search engines → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

Firefox-search engine

 

That’s all for the removal of Mysearch.avg.com redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer and/or Firefox on your computer. You may proceed to the Malware Prevetion Tips part for more information.

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

 

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

Chrome settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://mysearch.avg.com/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

Chrome-startup page

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome-homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove AVG Secure Search or any unwanted search engine from the list

Chrome-search engine

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → search for AVG SafeGuard → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

AVG SafeGuard toolbar on Chrome

 

 

 

Optional Troubleshoot—Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

Price Finder-AST scan result

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Price Finder-AST Restore Center

 

4. Modify browser homepage and default search engine (optional):

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

Now, AVG toolbar and Mysearch.avg.com redirect should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips

 

As mentioned above, AVG toolbar and Mysearch.avg.com redirect sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to further guard your online activities and create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you from landing on malicious websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

 

Redirect virus like Mysearch.avg.com will lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to perform a full scan with an antivirus or anti-malware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

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