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How to Remove Heroic Play Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com Homepage? (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

 

What’s wrong with your browser? Is there any virus has infected your PC? Yes, your browser is hijacked by a potentially unwanted program—Heroic Play Toolbar and you are suggested to remove it as soon as possible.

 

What is Heroic Play Toolbar

 

Heroic Play Toolbar is browser hijacker redirecting your homepage to Home.tb.ask.com and change the default search engine to Ask Web Search. Furthermore, we found that new tab will be redirected to Home.tb.ask.com or Ask.com. It is bundled with free downloads from the internet and installs on computer without permission and knowledge. Althougth it is technically not a virus but a PUP exhibiting numerous malicious traits.

Screenshot of Home.tb.ask.com homepage caused by Heroic Play Toolbar
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What Dose Bad Influences Heroic Play Toolbar Cause

 

As what you see, Heroic Play Toolbar will modify your browser settings. You are forced to adapt the strange browsing experience it offers: a new and odd homepage with a lot of shortcut icons; different search results from Ask.com; ads or sponsored links shown among the list of web search results and pop-up webpage, etc. All is a mess and you never know whether these websites and links are safe or not.

Heroic Play extension is to be found on all of your browsers. It enables the extension to access all of your websites, tabs and online activity. It collects your browser habit, data and personal information for the better performance on advertising.

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Heroic Play Toolbar allows various ads to appear on random webpage you visit. Even it is suspicious of making you the sales lead for other websites to get benefits.

If you discover that you have to spend more time on loading certain webpage, it is caused by Heroic Play Toolbar.

 

How Dose Heroic Play Toolbar install on Your PC

 

we learned that Heroic Play is related to games, which is similar to TopArcadeHits. It offers people different games on its official websites. If you download these games, undoubtedly, you”ll redirectly agree such adware to install on your PC. However, in most cases, people get infected with this “so-called virus” from free software installers from the internet, which may be fake updates, well-known installers, video recording/streaming and so on. As the additional offers, the tricky adware sneaks into computer without permission and knowledge. Fortunately, in the view of the distribution of this PUP, we work out an prevention tips to avoid being infected with Heroic Play adware or virus infections in the future.

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If you make up your mind to remove this browser hijacker, please follow the removal guide below step by step. For any question during the removal, please leave it below.
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How to Remove Heroic Play Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com Homepage

 

–Effective method for the removal of Heroic Play Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com Homepage

Step 1→ Uninstall Heroic Play Toolbar from computer
Step 2→ Remove Home.tb.ask.com redirect from IE, FF and Google Chrome
Step 3→ Remove Heroic Play start-up items
Step 4→ Clean up leftovers of Heroic Play Toolbar and optimize your PC

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Step 1→ Uninstall Heroic Play Toolbar from computer

 

Option 2 is designed for those feel difficult to distinguish all of PUP including Toolbar and browser hijacker installing along with Heroic Play Toolbar and remove them completely.

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Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel

 

Note: To ensure your PC is free from potentially unwanted programs, you’d better get rid of Heroic Play Toolbar and other PUPs installing along with it.


 

Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel

 

For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for HeroicPlay Internet Explorer Toolbar and other dubious programs, select it and click Remove.

 

For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for HeroicPlay Internert Explorer Toolbar and other dubious programs, select it and click Uninstall/Change.

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For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for HeroicPlay Internet Explorer Toolbar and other dubious programs, select it and click Uninstall/Change.


 

Option 2 Uninstall Heroic Play Toolbar by using Anvi Uninstaller(a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster)

 

The tool Anvi Uninstaller contained in Cloud System Booster( system maintaining&optimizing software ) specializes in removing various programs installing in your PC. The “Recently Installed” tab can help those who can’t distinguish PUP to easily get rid of them as it tracks back to the time around Home.tb.ask.com appearing.

Before uninstalling, please close all your browsers.

1. Please install Cloud System Booster first.(Download Link: http://dotfab.com/download_csb.html)

 

2. After installing, open it and click Toolbox just below the interface, and then click Anvi Uninstaller to download it within several senconds; and then run it.

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3. Switch to the Recently Installed tab to remove Heroic Play Toolbar and other dubious programs. ( Please SkipCreate System Restore Points” when remove)

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Step 2→ Remove Home.tb.ask.com redirect from IE, FF and Google Chrome

 

For the case Home.tb.ask.com hijack cannot be removed from browser along with the removal of Heroic Play Toolbar, please use Anvi Slim Toolbar to remove it instead of manually removing it.

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Automatically remove Home.tb.ask.com hijack with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

This tool Anvi Slim ToolBar is designed to remove browser add-ons and repair browser damages including homepage and search engine redirects. With one click to recovery your default browser settings.

 

1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.

 

Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php

 

2. Remove toolbars from browsers

 

After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select dubious extensions including Home.tb.ask.com, and then click Remove button to remove them.

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3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.

 

In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.

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Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.

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–Or you can choose manually remove it

 

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1. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, change the malicious domain to the one you prefer, like http://www.msn.com/ and hit Apply and then click on OK.

 

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2. Go to Tools> Manage Add-ons> Search Providers, right click on Bing or others and select Set as default, and then right click on malicious search providers such as Ask Web Search, click on Remove. (the order for removing can’t be reversed absolutely)
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3. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, find the Tabs area, click on Settings, click on the button under “When a new tab is opened, open:”, select A blank page and hit OK to complete the operation.
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4. Click on Tools( For Windows XP )/gear icon B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( For Windows 7 ) at the upper-right corner of the Window, and the click on Manage add-ons. Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click dubious extensions including Heroic Play and then click on Disable.

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1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Options and switch to the General Tab. Then click on Restore to Default, hit OK to recovery your default homepage.

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2. Click the down arrow next to the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines…, select malicious search providers such as Ask Web Search and other unknown search engines and click Remove.

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3. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Add-ons and switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Remove to get rid of dubious extensions including Heroic Play .

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1. Go to wrench or three bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5, click on Settings, and then come to On startup tab, select Open the new tab pages and click Set pages.

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When Startup pages pops up, remove the malicious domain by clicking X behind it.

 

2. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then set http://www.Google.com/ or any one you prefer as homepage.

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3. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines.

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Then remove malicious search engines by clicking X behind them and click Make default behind Google to set it as your default engine.

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4. Go to wrench or 3 bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5(next to the address bar), click on Tools and then click on Extensions. Locate dubious extensions including Heroic Play and then remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

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Step 3→ Remove Search Protected by Conduit start-up items

 

To disable Heroic Play program launching along with the boot of Windows OS and prevent Home.tb.ask.com hijack that have been removed from coming back and reinstalling, it is necessary to finish this step.

To solve the issues mentioned above, please use msconfig (a Windows OS management program) to help you to edit and manage the configuration files.

 

Click Start( left bottom of screen)>input msconfig or msconfig.exe in the Search programs and files bar> find and click it to run.

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Come to Service tab, and do the same operation to disable the Heroic Play and other malicious object files.

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Then please click Restart to apply these changes.

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Step 4→ Clean up leftovers of NvSTECH Toolbar and optimize your PC

 

To ensure the completely removal of NvSTECH Toolbar and Search Protected by Conduit, we need to clean up all of its leftovers including its residual error and invalid registry entries as well as junk files.

 

1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster system maintenance & optimizer software.

Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.

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3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.

 

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Note: Because some users had thier computers been infected with Sweet-page.com Hijack via malicious websites. In order to reduce the chance that the adware gets onto PC again when you visit malicious sites in your browsing history by accident, please follow us to clean up you browser cookies.

Back to Could System Booster Homepage→click Disk Cleaner→scroll over and opt for Internet Explorer Cookies, Firefox Cookies and Google Chrome Cookies→Click Start Clean to remove them.

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Except this system cleaning, please clean up junk files and other system junk regularly to keep your PC in a healthy state.

That’s it.
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Keep your disk drivers clean

 

After a longtime of use, your disk drives must carry a heavy load. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.

Free download: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_aud.html

Purchasehttp://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php

After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.

 

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What I Should DO in Future

( to avoid being infected with Heroic Play Toolbar in the future)

To ensure be safe on in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs that share the common with distribution.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups, for details, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker, or you can choose to Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online to block malicious websites.

2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.

3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.

4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.

5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.

 

For any question, please leave it below.