What is MiniBar?
Would you buy a car without checking it out first? Of course you would not. Then why would you treat MiniBar any differently? Some computer users install this program without looking into how it actually works, and these are the users that are trying to get rid of this suspicious program from their browsers. As a matter of fact, all problems associated with this potentially unwanted program stem from the lack of information regarding it. An official download page does not exist, and third parties responsible for its distribution are unlikely to provide you with important information either. This makes the PUP highly suspicious and unpredictable, and this is an important motive to remove MiniBar right away.
How does MiniBar work?
Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have found MiniBar on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google web browsers; however, it is possible that other, less popular browsers will be infected as well. As mentioned previously, the activity of this PUP is highly unpredictable, but it is safe to say that it will spy on you and possibly even show advertisements based on your browsing history. Needless to say, it would be nice to receive useful offers and shopping discounts; however, it is highly unlikely that this PUP will provide you with that kind of content. On the contrary, it is more likely that you will encounter bogus offers created to route you to the sites of MiniBar affiliates. The best thing to do is ignore the ads shown to you and figure out a way to get rid of the suspicious, potentially unwanted program displaying them.
Before you commence the removal of the PUP, you need to inspect your operating system. Of course, it is best to use software that can inspect your PC and eliminate malicious programs at the same time. However, if you are thinking of cleaning your operating system manually, you can use a malware scanner. Pick a reliable scanner, install it, and use it to identify the undesirable software present on your PC. If you go in blind, you might miss malicious programs, and this could lead to big security issues. While MiniBar is a notable program, there are many much more malicious threats that do not have interfaces and that can conceal themselves using different methods. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced, it is unlikely that you will be able to successfully clean your operating system yourself.
How to get rid of MiniBar
Move to %LOCALAPPDATA% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% (depending on Windows version) to find MiniBar. Right-click the folder representing this program and click Delete. Next, open the infected browsers and remove unreliable add-ons, which you can do using the steps listed below. After this, you need to figure out what to do about the third-party infections corrupting your PC. Hopefully, these infections do not exist, and you have time to install reliable security software to ensure that malware cannot slither in silently or using disguises. If malware exists, it is best to trust reliable antimalware software that can eliminate computer threats and protect your system from malicious attackers in the future.
- Simultaneously tap Alt+F.
- Go to More tools and select Extensions.
- Click the recycle bin button and select Remove.
- Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A.
- In the menu on the left click Extensions.
- Identify the unwanted add-on and click Remove/Disable.
- Simultaneously tap Alt+T.
- Select Manage Add-ons and move to Toolbars and Extensions.
- Select the unwanted add-on and click Remove.
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