Avatar of mpzqno
mpzqno
 asked on

Removing a Toolbar

I installed the program Hamster, a free E-book format converter. It included a Toolbar ("Search Among .....") that is set as default. This default setting can't be changed in the usual ways. In the Navigation toolbar that comes with my Firefox 17.01, Google is still there appearing to be the default, but it isn't.
Going to Tools/Options/General and selecting "Use current page" doesn't work.
I've deleted all references to it in the Registry, but to no avail.
Any advice on how I can remove the toolbar.
I'm running Windows7.
With thanks,
   Malcolm
Web BrowsersSoftwareMicrosoft Legacy OS

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
mpzqno

8/22/2022 - Mon
SiJaMaAr

Check this out, it may help in your problem.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Uninstalling_toolbars
Kent Dyer

Not in Firefox/Add ons?  Plugins is also there..
If you re-enable the menu bar..  View/Toolbars..
Tools/Add-ons

HTH,

Kent
Imal Upalakshitha

did you do this?
right corner of navigation bar you see Google icon or any search bar icon. you can click on it & click on manage search engines. remove unwanted from there.

Resetting preferences  http://kb.mozillazine.org/Resetting_preferences
Experts Exchange is like having an extremely knowledgeable team sitting and waiting for your call. Couldn't do my job half as well as I do without it!
James Murphy
davidlevans13

When I come across a client computer with the Toolbar Stack ( the raft of toolbars in IE etc) I use Revo Uninstaller to remove them from the machine. It is a good program to have on any machine.
Download here: http://www.revouninstaller.com/start_freeware_download.html
You have to search a little bit to find the toolbars in the list of programs but it removes them well.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Marc Z

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
mpzqno

ASKER
Sorry I'm so slow in responding - after each suggestion I restarted the browser and this was very slow. Perhaps I'll do some performance enhancements.
Anyway, I tied all the toolbar managing tips, the about:config keyword.URL change - all to no avail. However the last tip I tried was from mtz10f4. I used Malwarebytes for this as my "in house" A-V program, AVG Antivirus Free, hasn't found anything for a month or more.
 Malware did detect one baddie in the Registry called PUP:something or other. I deleted the offender but thought I'd respond to you before I restart my browser again,it being so slow. Will write again after I've restarted Firefox.
Marc Z

PUP's are Potentially Unwanted Programs.  If Firefox is truly slowing down and you can't remove that toolbar, you may have to create a new Firefox profile. before you do that, you may want to look at the instructions for running Firefox in safe mode as well. see  http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-using-safe-mode
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.
Marc Z

Also, once you finally remove hamster crapware, you can try the free http://calibre-ebook.com/ I've heard good things about it.
mpzqno

ASKER
Well, restarting FF was a hassle - I closed it down but got a dialogue about FF being still running. So I went to Start Manager - in the Applications tab, there were no apps running but in the Processes tab FF was still running. So, I ended the process and that told FF to close and it did, properly this time.
Now when I restarted FF again the Toolbar was gone - just my regular homepage came up.
Well, that solves my Toolbar problemm - thanks mtz10f4 - but I think I've still got something else slowing the browser down.
 
Anyway, that's for another time and thanks again!
Marc Z

No problem.  If you are still having slowdowns you might try creating a new Firefox profile and see if that helps. The page I gave you above will have links to creating a new profile and how to move bookmarks and passwords as well.  Once that is up and running, don't forget to mark an answer or two as helpful, so others can see what helped.
All of life is about relationships, and EE has made a viirtual community a real community. It lifts everyone's boat
William Peck
mpzqno

ASKER
I've already got Calibre but the interface wasn't all that easy for me that's what started me off on further searching for freeware E-book format converters. After checking a lot of DL sites, now I'll keep with Calibre.
Thanks again; u've earned ur self some points!!