Can see barely the page content because of the ton of installed free toolbars? Getting mad about the unwanted search provider like Conduit Search or Delta Search? Then you definitely need to download Avast Browser Cleanup Tool. Installer file is avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe and it’s just 4 MB small.
Avast Browser Cleanup Tool is a completely free utility from AVAST Software which removes bad stuff from your browser. Bad stuff like annoying toolbars, useless extensions and add-ons. It can even fix the hijacked default search settings or simply restart your browser to its original clean state.
To use Avast Browser Cleanup Tool you don’t need to have Avast antivirus installed, it’s an independent stand-alone application. It also doesn’t require any installation, you can simply download and run it.
On the other Browser Cleanup is also a default part of all Avast antivirus solutions (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security and Premier). You can use it anytime by going to ‘SCAN‘ » ‘Scan for browser add-ons‘.
Avast Browser Cleanup Tool Key Features and Benefits – What it Does?
- Removes bad extension/add-ons or unwanted ads from your browser
- Fixes hijacked starting page (homepage) or default search provider settings in your browser
- Supports all major browsers – Google Chrome 29+, Mozilla Firefox 23+ and Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11
- Completely free to download and use; no installation required
How to Remove Toolbars, Extensions and Add-ons From Your Browser
After you download the program using the button above, run the file called ‘avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe‘. Avast Browser Cleanup will automatically perform a first scan of all your browsers and display all add-ons with bad reputation.
On the screenshot below you can see Browser Cleanup identified ‘GeoSurf’, ‘Search Lotto Toolbar’ and ‘Norton Safe Search’ as the bad ones which should be removed.
Avast Browser Cleanup Tool – Automatic Scan Will Find All Malicious Toolbars/Add-ons
To remove all listed bad add-ons, simply click on the blue button ‘Remove all add-ons’. To finish the cleanup process you need also select the default provider for search and homepage. You can select between Yahoo, Bing, Google, Wolfram Alpha or keep the actual one. Once you select one click on the blue button ‘Complete Free Cleanup‘ to finish the process.
Before the Free Cleanup is Completed, You Need to Select a New Default Search Provider
Then you should get the following screen saying ‘Your browsers are clean again‘. Just click on ‘Close’ and that’s all, now all the bad stuff should be gone forever from your browser.
Free Cleanup is Complete and Your Browser is Now Clean Again
What if you run the free cleanup and still have bad add-ons in your browser? You can remove them manually using Avast Browser Cleanup.
How to Remove Specific Toolbars, Extension and Add-ons Manually
To remove some specific add-on from your browser run the Avast Browser Cleanup tool and navigate to one of the browser tabs on the left. If you don’t see the desired add-on in the list, don’t worry the good/safe extensions are hidden by default. Just un-check the option ‘Exclude add-ons with a good rating‘ in the bottom and all installed add-ons will be displayed.
To remove any of them simply click on the ‘Remove’ button and confirm the default search and homepage settings.
Avast Browser Cleanup Tool Can Remove any Extension from Your Browser even the Good One
How to Reset to Default Search and Homepage Settings
Lots of bad toolbars, extensions and viruses are changing your default search provider and/or starting page of your browser. Simply because they make money out of it. Sometimes it may be really hard to get back your old default search and homepage settings. With Avast Browser Cleanup tool it is really easy.
Run the Avast Browser Cleanup and navigate to browser tab for which you want your search/homepage settings back. Once you are there click on the blue button ‘Reset settings‘ in the top-right corner. Confirm the new search/homepage settings and you’re done.
List of Detected Toolbars, Extensions and Add-ons
Using Avast Browser Cleanup you can remove/uninstall following toolbars, extensions and add-ons from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer:
- Search Protect by Conduit, Conduit Search Toolbar, search.conduit.com
- AdChoice Pop-up Ads
- Babylon Toolbar (Search the web (Babylon))
- Stamplive.com Pop-up Ads
- Delta Search (delta-search.com), Delta Toolbar
- Binkiland.com Search
- Facemoods Toolbar
- Offers4U Ads
- Visual Shopper Ads
- Qvo6.com Search
- SearchWeb Toolbar
- WebSearch Toolbar, WebSearch.com Homepage
- Search-Results Toolbar
- Snap.do Toolbar, Snap.do Search
- Astromenda Search
- Buzzdock Ads (Ads by Buzzdock)
- Extended Update by Hoolapp
- RocketTab Ads
- Wajam Ads
- Yontoo Ads, Yontoo Layers
- Groovorio.com Toolbar, Groovorio Search
- MyPCBackup Toolbar
- Dregol Search
- Cassiopesa.com Search
- Trovi.com Search
- Ask.com Toolbar, Ask.com Search
- Mindspark Toolbar
- Fast Start Tab
- DealPly Pop-up Ads
- Iminent Toolbar (search.iminent.com)
- MyStart by IncrediBar
- Sweetpacks Toolbar
- SweetIM Toolbar
Please note this is not the complete list, just the list of the most ‘popular‘ ones. Actually Browser Cleanup detects many more.
Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.
Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).
Please note there is difference between Avast Browser Cleanup (free tool for removing bad add-ons from your web browser) and Avast Cleanup (antivirus component for cleaning and boosting performance of your computer or mobile).