What is HughesNet Toolbar?
HughesNet Toolbar is a very old browser extension that is compatible only with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers. It is promoted as your browser’s “best friend”, because it provides shortcuts to the most popular websites, and you no longer need to access the websites directly to obtain the information necessary. However, HughesNet Toolbar is also classified as potentially unwanted application, so if you had no intention of having the extension on your browser, it would be for the best remove HughesNet Toolbar from your computer right now.
Where does HughesNet Toolbar come from?
There should be no misunderstanding in this case – HughesNet Toolbar is not a malicious computer infection, especially as it does not have a silent install. If user initiates the installation process, he/she is lead through the installation wizard and it is even possible to choose whether one wants his/her default home page changed to home.myhughesnet.com or not.
Naturally, there are users who skip setup steps and end up with more features than they actually need or want. However, security research concluded that there is no information present about third party installers that HughesNet Toolbar might come bundled with. Therefore, it is very likely that users download HughesNet Toolbar from its official home page at home.myhughesnet.com/toolbar2/client/hughes/download.php.
What does HughesNet Toolbar do?
According to the promotional information presented on the official home page, HughesNet Toolbar is there to “fetch your email, news, weather, and search”. In other words, the browser plug-in provides you with various shortcuts that keep all the information you need just one click away.
At the same time, the full setup of HughesNet Toolbar can change your default home page, but it should be pointed out that it is not hard to revert all the settings manually. Perhaps the biggest security issue related to this toolbar would be the possible third party exploitation. Such plug-ins are known to be exploited by malevolent third parties for various monetary purposes.
How to remove HughesNet Toolbar?
Since this toolbar has an installation wizard, it means that it can be easily removed via Control Panel. However, after manual removal there might be some files or registry keys left in your system. Thus, for full removal you should scan the system with SpyHunter free scanner and then invest in a licensed computer security tool that could delete all the unwanted leftover files automatically.
Below you can find instructions on how to uninstall HughesNet Toolbar manually and then restore your home page to default. Nevertheless, if you have any additional questions regarding this plug-in or its removal, you can always contact us by leaving a comment in the box below. Do not forget that your computer security should be your greatest concern.
How to uninstall HughesNet Toolbar
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Go to Settings when Charm bar appears and then click Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove Hughes Toolbar.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program and remove Hughes Toolbar.
- Click Start menu and go to Settings.
- Select Control Panel and open Add or remove programs.
- Uninstall Hughes Toolbar.
Restore default home page
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Under General tab enter a new home page address and click OK.
- Press Firefox button and click Options.
- Under General tab click Restore to default and then press OK.
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