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Remove Hijacker (Certified Toolbar Removal Guide)

When you open your IE, Firefox or Chrome or even other software, there starts the page? Think this is a virus infection? Read more in this article to get rid of the browser hijacker. or the certified toolbar is a program, classified as a browser hijacker, serves as ads-platform to make revenue. It often coming with PUP (potentially unwanted program) install.  It is considered a browser hijacker because it changes your homepage/start page and default search provider/search engine to or Web Search. This may be not so malicious since many other legitimate programs may also work in such a way. What considered malicious, however is that some users found the their random Windows shortcuts on the desktop and windows Start Menu. This leads to the web page to open when they launch one of these hijacked shortcuts, even when the shortcut has nothing to do with web browsing.  For instance, if the Microsoft Excel shortcut is hijacked, when you start Excel, your browser will also open and automatically go to the home page. hijacking page in Firefox

search certified page in firefox 2 hijacking page in Chrome

search certified toolbar page in chrome often comes bundled with the PUP install like the typical Certified Toolbar install. Once installed, your home page and default search engine of your web browsers will be modified to The redirects and hijacker will not be fixed unless you manually fix them.


To avoid install,

> 1. Use caution when you are required to download some software especially when viewing video online.

> 2. Use caution when you are downloading and installing some programs, freeware in particular. And pay close inspection during the install, always choose custom install to prevent anything bundled installed.

> 3. Get your computer enough protection from malicious PUPs or potential risks. Always the best bet to protect the computer is some trusted antivirus or antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender. If you just need a supplement to your installed antivirus for enhanced online security, take a free try below:

Safe download link:


How to Remove Browser Hijacker from IE, Firefox and Chrome (Removal Guide) Browser Hijacker Removal Guide outlined:

Step 1. Remove hidden components and potential risks of using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware

Step 2. Remove Related PUP from Control Panel

Step 3. Repair browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome

Step 4. Maintain/optimize system performance (Recommended)



Step 1. Remove hidden components and potential risks of using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware


Possibilities are that some rootkits or trojans come along with some PUP. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use the antimalware tool like Anvi Smart Defender to scan out the hidden components and potential risks to facilitate the following removal steps. Here we use Anvi Smart Defender for demonstration.

Anvi Smart Defender antimalware download:


Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2 Perform a quick scan. 3 Remove found threats.

Remove certified toolbar from computer using ASD



Step 2. Remove Related PUP from Control Panel


uninstall certified toolbar from control panel

Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all PUP related to, and below are some of them:

Certified Toolbar, Protected Search 1.1, Web Search, etc. 


For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Certified Toolbar or related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the Certified Toolbar or related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the Certified Toolbar or related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.



Step 3. Repair browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome


To repair browser settings, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar. (download: )

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the Certified Toolbar add-on/plugin from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.

Remove Certified Toolbar add-on/extension/plug-in from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Remove certified toolbar extension from browsers using Anvi Slim Toolbar


Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search


—Manual Removal and Repair


If the tool fails to do its work in your case or you just prefer to the manual removal and repair, below are step by step manual removal guides in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If any question, feel free to get in touch.


IEInternet Explorer Users

Note: please repair all the browser settings changed by Delta Search as instructed here to return a normal Internet Explorer search.

1. Remove add-on

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the Delta Search and related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove it one by one.

disable certified toolbar in IE

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

2. Remove Search engine

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for and select Certified Toolbar related search engine and here shows as Web Search in my case and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the Delta Search related search engine is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

remove we search engine from IE


3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. Then there will come out a window of Internet Options, under the General tab, locate on Home page area, to repair the homepage, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset IE homepage

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

>next step


Firefox Mozilla Firefox users


1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1


On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the Certified Toolbar related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.

Remove Certified Toolbar add-on from Firefox

remove certified toolbar extension in firefox


Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you should remove any plugin related to the Certified Toolbar.


2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.

Firefox homepage reset 1



Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, from where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

remove certified toolbar hijacking page from Firefox


3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window,find the search box and click the right place as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

remove certified toolbar search engine in firefox 1


Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Web Search and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

remove certified toolbar search engine in firefox 2

4. Configure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

Then,  on the appeared window, type Certified in the search box to find any items with value containing Certified Toolbar or other keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

reset Firefox from Certified toolbar hijacker


When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

>next step



chromeGoogle Chrome users


1. Remove Add-on

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1


On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the Certified Toolbar and related extensions. Locate the Certified Toolbar and click the Trash can icon to remove it.

Certified Toolbar extension chrome


2. Reset homepage

On the opened window, switch to Settings as shown in below image and then under the On startup area, click Set pages

Chrome homepage reset

There will open a page as shown below. Locate the http:\\ address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove search certified toolbar hijacking page from Chrome



Here you may notice that the utilizes the name of Google, shown as the replaced homepage of google webph. Make sure remove it from the start page and homepage on both areas of On Startup andAppearance 

reset homepage and startup page of conduit in chrome

3. Remove Search Engine 

Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.

remove certified toolbar search engine from Chrome



Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like as default in order to remove Web Search.

remove web search search engine from chrome 1

After set Google as the default search engine, click Web Search and then click X to remove them one by one.

remove web search engine from Chrome 2

Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.

Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.


Step 4. Maintain/optimize System Performance (Recommended)


In order to return a well-performing system or better running OS, it is highly recommended to do system optimization, especially after uninstalling unwanted programs from the computer because there will be many junk files like invalid registry entries, temps and others to jam the system.

To maintain and optimize system performance, you can use some system cleaner/optimizer like above mentioned Cloud System Booster, which can boost your computer performance by fully removing the junk files, optimizing services and applications.

Cloud System Booster download link:

For deep optimization, you may consider the hard disk defrag and using some tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag.

Anvi Ultimate Defrag download link:

Please note this is a free trail version for 15 days free use. You can freely download and try it here and now.

Screenshot of Anvi Ulimate Defrag

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