The AVG search bar is there. It’s looming. It’s waiting to do something horrible to your computer. For all you know, it already has. You can’t get rid of it.
Malware, spyware, viruses and even extortion-ware hijacks space on your computer through various free downloads. The toolbar isn’t literally a virus but it might as well be. The AVG toolbar can be placed inside of free PDF converters or other downloads.
The worst thing you can do is panic or jump into downloading a “solution” that may make the situation worse.
Here are the good news… It’s going to be OK. You can get out of this mess.
Here Are the good news… It’s going to be OK.
AVG is a reputable site that has created software for many years. It’s likely that the toolbar corrupted your computer through some other source. One thing is for sure. Someone gave this curse to you, and any “free” solutions need to be taken with a grain of salt.
The solution takes patience and a little methodical know-how. The hard part is uninstalling the toolbar completely. It means you’ll have to get it off of the hard drive in addition to the browsers.
Let’s start with deleting AVG.
Go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right click the start bar. Once you’re there, go to the Control Panel and click “Uninstall a program”. From there, you will see “Add/Remove Programs” or the “Uninstall a Program” option. Click that tab.
Next, you will see a list of programs. This is the easy part. Scroll through the list and find the annoying AVG program on the list. It is also advisable, once you are “under the hood” so to speak, to get rid of any other programs you need to.
Next, let’s get the browsers fixed.
I hesitate to tell you but some of the web sites on the internet claim that if one browser is cleared then all of them are. I wouldn’t bank on it. So, I am going to tell you how to get the toolbar off each browser. It never hurts to be extra cautious and if the others don’t need changing, you will find out by trying them.
Logically, if the claim is true about a one-browser-fix-all, the best strategy is to start with the browser that is simplest to fix.
Let’s begin with Firefox. In the top right corner of Firefox, click the orange icon. Select the “Add-ons” feature. Reset your default search engine and homepage from AVG Secure Search to their default.
Here’s the easiest part of getting this thing off your computer. Use a search engine to find an add-on called the search-reset extension. When you add this extension, it will install itself, take care of the problem and then uninstall itself. Once it has done this, your prior default settings will be back in place. Its that simple and that’s one of several reasons why you might want to consider making Firefox your default browser.
Internet Explorer can be cleared from the toolbar by clicking the cog shaped icon in the top right corner of the homepage. Click the cog and there will be a list of tasks, among them is Internet Options.
Click that tab from the list. Once you have done that, click the Advanced tab. When you have arrived there, click the Reset Internet Explorer option and then click the Delete personal settings box. That may be one of the scariest parts of getting this beast off your computer but it’s a straight way to kill the code that has taken over your settings. You are not going to lose any data by clicking the button. It just looks that way.
When you have finished this step, close Internet Explorer and then re-open it. Explorer should be cleared. In order to be completely sure, it may be tedious but the wise thing to do to retrace your prior steps. This will save you the trouble of going back through the hassle.
Now, let’s clean Google Chrome. Look at the top right corner of Chrome. Go to that tab and right click. You should see a list of options, among them is an Extensions tab. Now, click on it. When you see the AVG Toolbar extension, all you have to do to remove it is to right click. It gives you the option of trashing it. Get that done and be safe by minimizing Chrome and emptying your recycle bin.
Once you have done that, click the menu again and scroll down to the settings tab. Once there, find the tab for default search engine and select the one you want to use. You will see the AVG engine. An “X” will appear. Click the X and the toolbar is removed.
We still haven’t finished. The toolbar is more of a nuisance than anything else but it may have come with malware and you will have to get rid of that.
It’s likely that you have an AVG safeguard toolbar. We have to get rid of it because this can really slow your computer down. You are going to have to download a program that will help you get rid of it. Don’t pay money for a downloaded solution. There are plenty of free downloads to help you to get rid of the potential for malware.
Various programs will offer different screens to navigate. They are user friendly, fast and easy to move through. Most computers that are infected could use a backup malware protection. A good one is Hitman Pro. It will make sure your initial methods have been effective.
A little advice to keep this catastrophe from happening again is using good old common sense. Make sure you read terms before agreeing. That little check mark is tempting, but it’s wise to take the time to read it.
Make sure your anti-virus software is updated and run everything you download through it.
The absolute best thing you can do to keep this from happening to you again is simply to put a little thought into whether that on-line game or free movie is worth having to go through this hassle again.
Before the internet came along, patience was a virtue. It probably still is, especially when when downloading something.