How To Remove Unwanted Toolbars

Dear Computer Lady,

Somehow I get extra toolbars across the top of my page and would like to get rid of them. But I can’t figure out how to do it.

Help, please, Janice

Dear Janice,

I have been fixing a lot of computers lately that have multiple toolbars and coupon programs installed. These toolbars and programs usually slow your computer down, display unwanted advertisements, and sometimes make it impossible to navigate on the internet.

Getting rid of them is sometimes easy, and sometimes very difficult. First, you can go to the control Panel, click on “Uninstall A Program” and try to find the toolbar in the list of programs.

Some toolbars are listed here, and you can simply click on them, then click “Uninstall” in the toolbar.

Other toolbars are hidden and more difficult to remove, and require quite a bit of searching on your computer. If you cannot find the toolbar you want to remove in the Control Panel, I would suggest you bring your computer to a local repair shop and have them clean the computer up. This is something that I do for my customers all the time.



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    • cindym
    • September 2, 2013

    If Janice just doesn’t want to see those toolbars, she just needs to click on “view” in the upper left and then click on toolbars. Just uncheck any toolbar you don’t want to see.

    • bj
    • September 30, 2014

    Before going to a professional, Janice can download Piriform’s CC Cleaner Free. She then needs to click on tools, which will bring up a list of her programs, including toolbars. Follow the easy directions to totally uninstall any programs she does not want.

    • Micky
    • October 9, 2014

    I have Vista and my browser is IE. I have done these steps to disable an unwanted toolbar: Select the “Tools” (gear) icon, scroll down and select “Internet Options. Then click on the “Programs” tab and click on the “Manage Add-ons” button. On the left side under “Add-on Types” select “Tool Bars and Extentions.” Search the list for the tool bar, select it and click the “disable” button. It may not delete them, but at least they’re disabled and out of sight until they can be deleted. I also take a look periodically to see if something unwanted/suspicious has infiltrated my system.

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