How to remove HeadlineAlley Toolbar
What is HeadlineAlley Toolbar:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
HeadlineAlley or HeadlineAlley Toolbar is an application developed by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc. and is considered a malicious browser hijacker by the community of the security researchers. Once installed on the victim’s computer, the toolbar will first modify the browsers settings & windows registry, making the recovery even harder, then it changes the default search engine to Ask.com and the default home page to http://home.tb.ask.com. The browser hijacker will attach itself to every popular web browser on the victim’s PC, to compromise the browser`s settings such as the home page and the default search engine. When the user performs a search, it will be redirected to http://home.tb.ask.com/. The search results should be considered compromised – usually they are loaded with SPAM and third-party advertising.
Usually, HeadlineAlley Toolbar comes packed with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of the HeadlineAlley Toolbar varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
HeadlineAlley Toolbar will fill your browser screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised web pages and generate income from the online traffic. HeadlineAlley Toolbar may keep track of your browsing activity and steal valuable information as login credentials, financial information and even bank accounts data. This information might be sent to third-party companies, which might used it for marketing purposes or for something else. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these kinds of infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause loss of data. We strongly recommend you to not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic HeadlineAlley Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect HeadlineAlley Toolbar and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
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Manual HeadlineAlley Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove HeadlineAlley Toolbar manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, malwarekillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove HeadlineAlley Toolbar Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to HeadlineAlley Toolbar, iLivid, Torch, HeadlineAlley Toolbar for Internet Explorer, HeadlineAlley Toolbar for Firefox, HeadlineAlley Toolbar for Chrome, BrowserProtect, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, check for suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the adware/PUP/Browser Hijacker. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove HeadlineAlley Toolbar from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has been imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by HeadlineAlley Toolbar in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
HeadlineAlley Toolbar might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the HeadlineAlley Toolbar`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that HeadlineAlley Toolbar uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to HeadlineAlley Toolbar by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named HeadlineAlley or MindSpark “Interactive Network” in: