Shareaza Toolbar

What is Shareaza Toolbar?

Shareaza Toolbar, also known as the Music Toolbar is a browser extension which could be classified as potentially unwanted application. Its primary installation website is at, where they offer you to download their P2P client, and the toolbar is automatically selected during the installation for Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. However, to know that you are installing it you would have to actually stop and read during the process, so it is entirely plausible that you may want to remove Shareaza Toolbar simply because you did not even want it in the first place. While this extension from Bandoo Media Inc cannot be called malicious, it can quite understandably be a nuisance and its functionality is questionable at the best.

How does it get in and what does it do?

As it has been mentioned above, Shareaza Toolbar is very likely to be installed along with the Shareaza P2P client. However, if you have not installed the peer to peer client and yet you still see the Music Toolbar, there is an explanation for that, too. It could have been bundled with some other freeware or shareware program and you could have easily missed it during the installation process. That is why it is very important to be careful when installing anything: a lot of programs know you will be speeding through and use that as a loophole to get in. This method is perfectly legal, too, because technically, they do give you a choice to reject or consent.

The changes that this extension makes when it is already installed are usually the dominant source of wanting to delete Shareaza Toolbar. However, in Google Chrome this extension is disabled by default and you would have to specifically enable it to see it. In Internet Explorer, this option is not available, and so the Music Toolbar can do whatever it pleases. IE becomes noticeably slower and the functions this extension offers take a while to load, too. In the end, it is much easier and simpler to just listen to an online radio than to use this toolbar for that. Plus, such add-ons usually collect data on their users via cookies.

How to remove Shareaza Toolbar?

In the past, there was a bug that made removing the Music Toolbar nearly impossible on your own. However, that has been taken care of and now you should be able to delete Shareaza Toolbar without any complications. After you do that, you will still need to manually reverse your browser’s settings on the default home page and search engine. It is also advisable to scan your computer with a security tool after you finish the removal process so that you are sure all parts of the unwanted program are gone and your computer is protected.

Shareaza Toolbar Removal Guide

Windows 8:

  1. Go to Metro UI screen.
  2. Right-click any program.
  3. Click Uninstall on the tab that shows up on the bottom on the screen.
  4. Programs and Features will open.
  5. Select and uninstall unwanted programs.

Windows Vista/7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Click on and uninstall the programs you do not want to have.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select and uninstall the programs you want to delete.

Reverse your browser settings:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Press Alt+T.
  2. Go to Manage Add-ons.
  3. Open Search Providers tab.
  4. Disable and delete the unwanted search.
  5. Press Alt+T.
  6. Go to Internet Options.
  7. Under Home page, click Use default button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Under Apperance, click Change below the Show Home button.
  4. Enter a new URL that will be your home page.
  5. Under Search, click Manage search engines…
  6. Hover over the search engine you want to use and click Make default.
  7. Hover over the engine you want to delete and click X to do that.
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