What is ProductManualsFinder Toolbar?
ProductManualsFinder Toolbar is a questionable browser plugin that provides you with easy access to over 5000 different kinds of manuals. You might think that it is a good enough reason to install this new Mindspark product; however, our experience with this questionable toolbar family indicates that you are better off being more careful with this application. One of the main issues we can mention about this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is that it is not a quality program you could fully trust. Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that it is also possible that this browser plugin presents to you potentially unreliable search results. We definitely cannot call this PUP a direct and serious threat but you need to understand that if you want to feel fully secure, you should remove ProductManualsFinder Toolbar and every other applications that might present to you the slightest virtual security-related threat. Please read our description to learn more about this potential risk source and how you can delete it from your system.
Where does ProductManualsFinder Toolbar come from?
Even though this browser plugin comes from a questionable family, we have not found it spreading in questionable ways, such as via freeware bundles. Our experience shows that PUPs are mostly distributed in bundles containing malicious software installers as well. Obviously, if you download and install such a package, you could harm your system seriously. But as we have said, this application has not been reported travelling the web through such channels even if this family used to resort to such options. The only negative point we can make about Mindspark products in general is that this team definitely uses aggressive marketing tactics to push their products. This means that there are already around a hundred toolbars many of which are either similar or exactly the same under different names. Obviously, the main goal of these free tools is to somehow make money through promoting third parties so the creators need to make sure that there are enough products on the web available for download.
You can find the official page for this PUP at productmanualsfinder.com/index.jhtml. This is a very simple webpage that does not have too much to tell. You learn that this is a browser plugin that gives you access to more than 5000 manuals and a search engine. By clicking on the "Click to Install" button you can directly install this application. However, we advise you to always double-check the pop-up that comes up before actually installing the extension. This pop-up informs you about the rights you are about to give to this PUP and they are worth having a look at. This is what you should do every time you install an extension because this step could give you a chance to say "no" to a potential threat. But, if you find this toolbar in your browsers, chances are you either overlooked this step or simply rushed to click on the "Add extension" button. Although there may not be malware infections on your system that entered your system with this PUP, we still suggest that you run a system malware scan after you decide to delete ProductManualsFinder Toolbar from your computer.
How does ProductManualsFinder Toolbar work?
This browser plugin claims to provide you with more than 5000 manuals of all kinds and it seems to deliver in a lot of cases. However, our malware researchers say that tests show that this PUP may not always do so. Sometimes this application fails to display certain manuals or it simply redirects you to the official site of the product you are looking for. This is exactly what we meant by saying that this tool is of poor quality. On the main page, you can see a search field that is labeled as "Enhanced by Google" and six thumbnail buttons below it that open a new tab page with a special search box on a toolbar that helps you search in the manual database. You can do this by categories or brands, depending on which thumbnail you choose to click on. In all fairness, we must say that these functions seem to work just fine. But you need to understand that you can always find manuals for any product for either running a web search through a reputable search engine, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, or visiting the official sites. That is why this toolbar is totally unnecessary.
Another questionable part is the search engine this PUP provides you because it is possible that you might be introduced to modified search results. We have seen this lots of times mainly from browser hijackers and questionable search engines as well. If this toolbar is capable of placing third-party ads and links on the search results page, there is also a chance that cyber criminals may exploit it to promote their malicious websites. If you click on such an ad or link, you could be taken to a webpage operated by criminals and you could lose your money and even your virtual identity if you reveal your details in a scam that is usually very well disguised. If you do not want to risk any of these, we suggest that you remove ProductManualsFinder Toolbar from your system.
How do I delete ProductManualsFinder Toolbar?
We have found that the official uninstaller of this browser only removes this PUP from Internet Explorer. But you can easily take care of the mess it leaves behind if you refresh the other two affected browsers, namely Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Please follow our guide below if you need assistance with the necessary steps. Preventing PUPs and malware infections from entering your computer should be your priority if you want to use a clean and secure computer. If you cannot hold this up manually, we recommend that you start using a reliable anti-malware product, such as SpyHunter. Also, we advise you to update your programs and drivers regularly, and always from official sources, too.
Remove ProductManualsFinder Toolbar from Windows
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Press Win+R and type control panel. Click OK.
- Pick Uninstall a program.
- Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Access the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program.
- Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.
- Press Start and select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the uninstaller and press Remove.
Reset the browsers
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Press Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
- Press Finish.
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- Click Reset settings at the bottom.
- In the confirmation window, press Reset.
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