I have a FirstSearchBar virus on my computer. It has slowed down my Internet browsing due to heavy redirect and pop-up ads. The browser also has this FirstSearchBar Toolbar that is placed on Google Chrome and Firefox without my approval. When I first open the browser, it will show Google as my home page, then, in a few seconds it will get redirected to random site. Searching the web is also affected by this FirstSearchBar virus. Clicking on search result link will not deliver the actual web page but another unknown web address that contains ads.
This post will guide you to remove FirstSearchBar toolbar and search.firstsearchbar.com redirect from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome with step-by-step instructions. Read on.
What Is FirstSearchBar Virus?
FirstSearchBar virus is a browser hijacker that is promoted via free downloads. Once it finds its way onto your computer, a FirstSearchBar toolbar will be added to your installed internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome). And it will tamper with the settings of internet browser including changing the homepage, startup page and default search engine to search.firstsearchbar.com, so that your internet browser will start up and be redirected to search.firstsearchbar.com.
FirstSearchBar.com is used to promote its services such as integrating address bar and search bar into one. As you may notice, it collects some sensitive user information and this may be a potential threat to you. You should get rid of FirstSearchBar as soon as possible and do not release your sensitive personal information.
How to Remove FirstSearchBar Virus? (Removal Guide)
Step 1 Uninstall FirstSearchBar related malicious programs
As mentioned above, FirstSearchBar virus often sneaks into your computer bundled with other free software, so you need to uninstall all the suspicious applications that installed around the time search.firstserchbar.com redirect first occurred.
Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller
Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster
Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2.To uninstall Ultimate-search related malicious program:
Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate malicious application → hit Uninstall to remove
Please kindly note that downloading Anvi Uninstaller won’t take you much time.
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 upgrading 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
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 any suspicious application → click on Uninstall button
Or, move the mouse pointer to bottom left corner → right click on the bottom left hot cornet → select Control Panel from the list → click on Uninstall a Program →locate any suspicious application → hit Uninstall button
For Windows 7/Vista Users:
Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → locate any suspicious application → Click on Uninstall button
For Windows XP Users:
Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate any suspicious application → Click on Remove button
Please note after uninstall malicious programs, there will be 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 Repair the residual damages to your browser
In most cases, after uninstalling this application, the extension added would have been removed. In order to have your web browser work correctly again, you should go through the steps below to check and restore your browser settings.
• Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar
Anvi Slim Toolbar is a tool developed to manage extensions and toolbars on your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome). With Anvi Slim Toolbar you can modify the homepage and default search engine of your installed web browser easily.
1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.
Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/
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
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.
4. Modify browser settings:
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
• Repair your installed browser manually
Restore the settings of Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.
2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.
3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.
4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.
Reset Firefox to its default state:
1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.
3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.
Reset Chrome to its default state:
1. Close Chrome and go to Chrome User Data folder at the location showing in the picture below.
C:\Users\User name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
Please note that AppData is a hidden folder.
To show hidden files and folders: click on Organize in open Computer window → select Folder and search options → Go to View tab in Folder Options window → check Show hidden files, folders and drives
2. Rename the Default folder as Default-old or anything else and create a new folder name as Default.
3. Run Chrome and remove unwanted extensions when informed.
Now, FirstSearchBar virus should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.
Recommended—Optimize your computer disk with Anvi Ultimate Defrag
You are experiencing a incredibly slow and computer and browser performance even if you clean up your computer system regularly? Maybe you should consider if the poor performance is caused by disk fragmentation. Files get split up into fragments as you use computer and this theoretically slows down your computer. Thus to optimize the disk performance, you need a disk defragment program, such as Anvi Ultimate Defrag, to make the fragments as contiguous as possible.
Download Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
Purchase Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php
Double click audsetup.exe file to install Anvi Ultimate Defrag
Launch Anvi Ultimate Defrag and check the disks and operations you want, then click on Start
This will take a long period of time, so you could tick “Shut down Windows after complete”.