- Malware is not always the scary monster that crashes your PC and steals your banking information.
- It can be as harmless as adware hiding in your screen's search bar - but still, it's a good idea to remove it, and here's how to do that.
- Check out more useful solutions to easily detect and uninstall undesirable toolbars that may contain malware in our Review: Browser Toolbar Removal Tools.
- Explore our Removal Guides as well for even more tips and tricks to eliminate unwanted items.
When someone mentions malware, the first thing which crosses one’s mind is the Trojan virus and similar scathing and malicious viruses.
However, the most common issues are most of the time not as dangerous. They’re, to put it plainly, just annoying. Let’s take the adware or browser hijackers as an example.
In the last couple of years, a lot of users bumped into an always-on-top toolbar which is stuck at the top of the desktop background.
This is a rather irritating occurrence and it can, in the worst-case scenario, lead to more threatening issues. Therefore, we suggest removing it right away. For the means to remove the toolbar, check the steps we provided below.
How can I get rid of the search bar on top of the Windows 10 screen?
1. Uninstall the program
There are two things we must stress before we move to the resolving steps. How you got this annoyance upon you and what’s its purpose?
You probably got it from the third-party installer. It comes with a variety of applications and it’s malicious in a sense that it hijacks your system.
The main purpose is to alter your default search engine and bombard you with ads in the process. Thus, these toolbars and search bars are mainly adware. On the other hand, there’s a ton of possibilities on what they can achieve if left alone.
For that reason, let’s take the first step and remove it from your system. Even though it comes with other applications, most of the hijacking search bars are separate programs. The mischievous developer prevents installing process to be seen in the GUI, that’s it.
This means that you should be able to locate and uninstall this toolbar from the Control Panel. Just like any other application.
We strongly recommend using a third-party uninstaller in order to clean all remaining files left behind after the removal.
If you’re going for a third-party removal tool, you might as well go for the best solutions in this niche, the Revo Uninstaller.
When it comes to eliminating no longer needed software – including stubborn leftovers than tend to stick behind and generate clutter – Rovo is your best bet.
You also get to enjoy some extra perks like clean-up utilities by choosing to run this tool, plus it takes care of the uninstall process from end-to-end.
The best part is that there is a generous 60-day money-back guarantee feature included, so you will have plenty of time to convince yourself of its usefulness absolutely risk-free.
Let’s quickly look at its key features:
- Safely uninstall all apps without leaving any leftovers (extended scanning for leftovers)
- Quick/Multiple Uninstall and Forced Uninstall features
- 8 bonus cleaning tools included
- Browsers Extensions manager to securely remove dubious extensions
- Real-Time system monitoring
- 60 Days Money-Back Guarantee
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2. Scan for malware (Malwarebytes included)
Once you remove the malicious toolbar, you should scan for malware presence. No one can be certain what else comes with the toolbar upon the installation.
It usually tackles only the default browser, but there were cases where it plagued every available browser.
These PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are quite common nowadays and frequently avoided by the antivirus. For that reason, we recommend using the specialized tool provided by Malwarebytes.
This, of course, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t perform a system scan with either Windows Defender or the third-party solution of your choice. That way, you’ll cover every possibility of malware presence.
Follow these steps to run a deep scan and utilize Malwarebytes AdwCleaner on your PC:
- Download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner.
- Run the tool and click Scan.
- Click Clean.
- Wait until cleans the system and close it.
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3. Clean browsers
Finally, if the toolbar is present within the browser UI and it wasn’t removed by either antivirus or AdwCleaner, we suggest clearing the browser. Y
ou can cover every option individually (check extensions, reset home page, etc.) but we would rather recommend resetting the browser to factory values.
Every browser has this option and it’s rather simple to utilize it. Also, you don’t need to worry about the bookmarks or saved files as they’ll stay intact.
Here’s how to reset your browser settings on the 3 most prominent browser‘s out there:
- Click on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.
- Expand the Advanced settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
- Open the hamburger menu and click Help.
- Choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button.
- Click Refresh.
That should do it. If you followed the aforementioned steps (in the order they are presented), the toolbar from the top of the screen should be gone for good.
Don’t forget to share your questions or suggestions in the comments section below. We’d be glad to hear from you.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.