How do I remove unwanted search engines

Uninstall unwanted toolbars

Whether Google, Yahoo, eBay or Ask Toolbar - the default search service and the default start page are often changed unintentionally.

In some freeware program setups (installers) also in shareware versions, toolbars, e.g. the Ask toolbar, with offered, which are integrated in Internet Explorer or Firefox under the toolbar. The portable versions, which are often mentioned as an alternative to setups, are ideal.

When installing freeware and shareware programs, the "Additional programs"overlooked and one is then surprised when a new toolbar becomes visible in the browser, which also changes the standard search service and the standard start page. In most cases, the toolbar or the"Additional program"can be uninstalled again via» Control Panel - Software «or» Programs and Functions «.

In the browser itself, the toolbars are also often under Add-ons listed and can be deactivated there and then uninstalled.

Internet Explorer

You can look under "Manage add-ons" - "Search providers", and you should also go to "Currently loaded add-ons" switch to "All add-ons"and see if there is anything else Ask or another toolbar that is undesirable.

In Mozilla Firefox you can go to the search engine about: config in the address bar - in filter: keyword.URL change from ...

http://toolbar.ask.com/toolbarv/askRedirect?o=101761&gct=&gc=1&q=

on ...

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

or simply leave the "value" blank.

in the filter: browser.search.defaultenginename the search engine can be reset - value = Google or Bing

In the browser window in the search line there is a small arrow pointing downwards, under which all toolbars are listed. Under "Manage search engines"the search services can also be removed.


Setups (* .exe):

In the program setup (when installing your software) you should use the point or points of the "Additional program" deactivate, BEFORE on "Further"or"Next"is clicked to show toolbars like Ask do not even install it. Nevertheless, your software is fully usable afterwards. Unfortunately, there are now also freeware programs that force you to use the Ask-Toolbar to be installed, otherwise the full functionality of your software will not be available.

Some programs / tools that support the Ask toolbar include:

AntiVir Personal Free As of SP2, the Ask toolbar must be installed if you want to use the "WebGuard" feature.
CDBurnerXP As of version 4.3.7.2307, there is no longer an Ask toolbar, but "OpenCandy" (which is designed to collect certain user information in order to then make suggestions about other software of interest to the user). On the download page, select the download without "OpenCandy".
Combat Machines (Game) * Picture *
CPU-Z * image *
DVDx version 2.20 * picture *
Foxit Reader 6.0.3 * Image * (Options can be deselected, then no toolbar will be installed. In the program itself Ask still displayed in the toolbar as "Search" - but can also be hidden - see * image *
Free YouTube Download Version 3 * Image *
ImgBurn Free (from version 2.5.1.0) * Image *
KMPlayer * picture *
LimeWire Basic * image * (from version 5.4.7.0 there is the Ask toolbar)
MAGIX Photo Manager 12 * Image *
MusicMatch Jukebox Basic
Nero 6 (software package 1)
Nero BurnLite * image * (toolbar can Not deselected in the setup, only the standard search service and the standard start page. The toolbar can be uninstalled via "Control Panel / Software" or "Control Panel / Programs and Functions".)
Nero Multimedia Suite * Tip: Install Nero without the Ask toolbar *
Oracle Java 7u40 * image * (Ask toolbar)
PDF-XChange Viewer * Image *
PhotoFiltre * Image * (when downloading "Setup Installer")
Trillian Astra 4 * picture *
Trillian 5 * picture *
Trillian Basic 3
Weather Watcher Ask toolbar

The default search service and usually the default start page are often changed at the same time.
In IE in the Internet options - General - "Search" (changes search standards) - "Settings" button and also under General - "Home" (standard page).
In Firefox, in the toolbar, select the "Search line" (manage search engines) and under Extras - Settings - General - "Home".

Some programs / tools that do any Toolbar include:

AddaButton 4.1 * image * (Harmony Hollow Software Toolbar, the Conduit Toolbar is hidden behind it)
Adobe Flash Player 11.8 * Image * (for IE = Google Browser) * Image * (for Firefox, Safari, Opera = McAfee Security Scan)
Adobe Shockwave Player 12.0 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
Ashampoo Burning Studio 11 * Image * (MyAshampoo Toolbar, behind it is the Conduit Toolbar with standard search service and standard start page - can be deselected during setup)
Ashampoo UnInstaller 4.1.2 * Image * (MyAshampoo Toolbar, behind it is the Conduit Toolbar with standard search service and standard start page - can be deselected during setup)
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 * picture * (Yahoo! Toolbar)
Babylon Toolbar Removal Tool * Image * (Snap.do with standard search service and standard start page - instead of "Agree" - click on the "Decline" button, this skips the Snap.do installation)
DirectX Runtime 9.0c * Image * (Bing Toolbar)
DriverMax 7.19 * Image * (AVG Security Toolbar)
Free Audio Converter * Bild * (DVDVideoSoft Toolbar, behind it is the Conduit Toolbar)
FreeMeter 2.8.2 * Bild * (blekko toolbar with standard search service - can be skipped with "Decline")
Free Studio 5.0.0 * Bild * (DVDVideoSoft Toolbar, behind it the Conduit Toolbar is hidden)
Hotspot Shield 3.17 * Image * (Conduit toolbar with standard search service and standard start page; can be deselected)
IrfanView 4.36 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 8.1.5 * Image * (Yahoo! Toolbar)
Mario Forever 5.0 * picture * (Mario Forever Toolbar, behind it is the Conduit Toolbar with standard search service and standard start page)
Miro 4.0.3 * Bild * (would like to set up Yahoo! as the standard start page, can be deselected, asks again for * Bild2 *, simply click on "No". Virus scanner detects components of the Zugo toolbar)
Movavi Video Editor * Image * (Movavi Toolbar, standard search service and standard start page, behind this is the Conduit Toolbar with standard search service and standard start page)
onlineTV 6.0 * picture * (Yahoo! Toolbar - also MusicMatch Jukebox)
PDFCreator * Image * (Yahoo! Toolbar as add-on) * Image * (Yahoo! Toolbar)
Type faster (eBay Toolbar)
Switch Sound File Converter 4.07 * Image * ("NCH Software Internet Browser Toolbar", behind it is the Conduit Toolbar with standard search service and standard start page)
TuneUp Utilities 2013 * Image * (AVG toolbar with standard search service and standard start page)
Unlocker * Bild * (QuickStore Toolbar for eBay and Amazon for shopping on "Shopping.com")
ViStart 7 Beta * Image * (Babylon toolbar with standard search service and standard start page - instead of "Agree" click on "Reject" - see also under the category "any toolbar" -> "Babylon Toolbar Removal Tool")
Vuze 5 P2P program (Toolbar and MyPCBackup) * picture * * picture *
WinKeyFinder 1.75 * picture1* (Babylon toolbar with standard search service and standard start page - see also under the category "any toolbar" -> Babylon Toolbar Removal Tool) or * picture2* (IncrediBar toolbar with standard search service and standard homepage)
ZoneAlarm Free 10.1 * Image * (Toolbar for IE and Firefox with standard search service and standard start page)

Some programs / tools that support anything include:

Ad-Aware Free 8.3.3 * Image * (The Google Chrome web browser is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected.)
Auslogics Disk Defrag 4.1.0.0 * Bild * (MyPC Backup is offered by mypcbackup.com/ in the setup, but this can be checked)
avast! Home Virus Scanner 5.0 (Google Chrome Browser)
Bing Maps 3D 4.0 (Virtual Earth 3D) * Image * (MSN as standard start page and Bing as standard search service)
BitComet 1.20 * picture * (search engine CometBird and standard start page on google.atcomet.com)
CCleaner from Piriform 3.00 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
CDBurnerXP As of version 4.3.7.2307, there is no longer an Ask toolbar, but "OpenCandy" (which is designed to collect certain user information in order to then make suggestions about other software of interest to the user). On the download page, select the download without "OpenCandy".
Cyberlink Media Suite Ultra 11 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
Cyberlink Power2Go 9.0 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
Defraggler from Piriform 2.06 * Image * (Google Chrome Browser)
DivX Plus 10 * image * (conduit toolbar)
FLV Player 3.0 * Image * (Yontoo Toolbar - can be skipped with "Decline") * Image * (Similar Sites - can be skipped with "Decline") * Image * (Snap.do toolbar, standard search service and standard start page - can with "Decline "to be skipped)
Launch8 * Image * (would like to install the Trial Start8, can be deselected)
MAGIX Photo Manager 12 * Image * (software simlicheck)
Panda Cloud Antivirus * picture * (set Yahoo! search engine as "standard" and Panda Security Toolbar, which is part of Visicom Media Inc.)
PSP Video 9 6.00 * Bild * (In the setup the tool "YouTube downloader"also offered, but this can be deselected.)
RealPlayer Basic 14 * image * (The Google Chrome web browser is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected.)
Recuva by Piriform 1.40 (Google Chrome)
RIOT plugin (R.adical I.stomach Optimization Tool) 0.5.1 * Image * (The "TuneUp Utilities 2013" program is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected.)
Skype 5.0.0 * Image * (The Google Chrome web browser is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected)
Start8 1.20 * Bild * (The shareware ModernMix is ​​offered in the setup)
Unlocker * Bild * (eBay shortcuts on desktop, in Quick-Launch and in the start menu)
Videora iPod Converter 6.00 * Image * (In the setup the tool "YouTube downloader"also offered, but this can be deselected.)
Videora Xbox 360 Converter 6.00 * Image * (In the setup the tool "YouTube downloader"also offered, but this can be deselected.)
Vista Codec Package * Image * also x64 Components (The WeatherBug tool, i.e. a weather forecast, is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected.)
ViStart 7 Beta * Bild * (In the setup the commercial software "RegCleaner Pro" is offered - instead of "Agree" click on "Decline")
Wii Video 9 6.0 * Image * (In the setup the tool "YouTube downloader"also offered, but this can be deselected.)
Windows 7 Codecs * Image * also x64 Components (The WeatherBug tool - weather forecast - is offered in the setup, but can be deselected)
Windows 8 Codecs * Image * also x64 Components (The WeatherBug - Weather forecast - tool is offered in the setup, but it can be deselected)

Some examples:

From version 2.5.1.0 the free burning program ImgBurn now the Ask toolbar also recorded. The toolbar was not included in the previous version (2.5.0.0). In version 2.5.2.0 "Uniblue Desktop Shortcuts "(links to the demo version of DriverScanner, RegistryBooster and SpeedUpMyPC on the desktop) are offered in the setup, but they are already deactivated.
A look at the ChangeLog would make sense with this program.
Notes on Ask toolbar (Point 42) are in the ChangeLog (Version 2.5.6.0).

Ask toolbar included since version 2.5.1.0

Uniblue desktop shortcuts in version 2.5.2.0

With the image editing program PhotoFiltre you just have to be careful which file you download.
It's best to take this on the download page ZIP-Format.

CPU-Z
also has the Ask toolbar in its setup file, but it can be deselected. Here it is advisable to use the PortableVersion to take.

LimeWire Basic
has had the "LimeWire Toolbar" with it since version 5.4.7.0, but behind which hides the Ask toolbar, which changes the standard search service and the standard start page. However, this can be deselected in the setup file. On the homepage for LimeWire Toolbar "look at the very bottom"community toolbar by Conduit"The conduit toolbar has probably replaced the ask toolbar.

The Ask-Toolbar supposedly does not collect any personal information. The toolbar is included with almost every freeware program and that is very intrusive.

Microsoft Fix it Collection under "Disable Internet Explorer Add-on Ask Toolbar"
Tools like Junkware Removal Tool and avast! Browser Cleanup remove toolbars.

Somehow it seems to be becoming more and more fashionable to offer all sorts of toolbars as additional tools. Whether Google, Yahoo !, eBay, Ask etc. - everyone wants to make us happy with their toolbars. You should therefore look carefully during the next program setup, otherwise you will have more toolbars than toolbars.

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