How to remove SMS From Browser Toolbar
What is SMS From Browser Toolbar:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
GameOn or SMS From Browser Toolbar is an application developed by Mindspark Interactive Network company and is considered a malicious browser hijacker by the majority of the security research teams around the globe. After performing a closer review, our security experts have classified the SMS From Browser Toolbar as a malicious browser hijacker and a PUP as well. It has been distributed via some suspicious or even dangerous software bundles and people are often not properly informed what exactly is going to be installed on their personal computer with this software bundle. This usually leads to confusion, where does this pesky SMS From Browser Toolbar came from?! Once installed on the victim’s computer, the bad toolbar will first try and modify the browsers settings & windows registry database, making the recovery even harder, then it changes the default search engine to Ask.com and the default new tab home page to http://home.tb.ask.com. The browser hijacker will attach itself to every popular and widely used web browser on the victim’s PC, and will compromise the browser`s settings such as the home page and the default search engine. So when next time the user performs a web search, it will be redirected to http://home.tb.ask.com/. Even though the HomePage looks and feels like legit and useful, don’t forget that you are dealing with people interested in revenue increase, which basically means that although the search results appeared just OK, it don’t means that they are the correct ones! Our advice is to consider the search results compromised and full of SPAM and 3rd party advertising.
Usually, SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser Toolbar varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
SMS From Browser 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. SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect SMS From Browser 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.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which would allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual SMS From Browser Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser Toolbar,Hohosearch.com, Ads by Albireo, MyDailyRunWay Toolbar, MPC Cleaner, N121adserv.com, Flirchi.com, SearchTuDo.com , Ads by Advertising in 5, FlightSearch Toolbar, Liveadexchanger.com, Test iNet Speed Toolbar, EasyHomeDecorating Toolbar, SMS From Browser Toolbar for Internet Explorer, SMS From Browser Toolbar for Firefox, SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser Toolbar in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
SMS From Browser Toolbar might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the SMS From Browser Toolbar`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that SMS From Browser 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 SMS From Browser Toolbar by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named GameOn or MindSpark “Interactive Network” in: