Monthly Archives: December 2012

Removing Unwanted Toolbars

When you start your browser you notice a new toolbar that you do not recognize. There are some well known toolbars such as Google, Bing, and Avg that many people use. However, some toolbars are actually spyware and report on your browsing habits.

How do you get rid of these toolbars?

1. Many toolbars will have a drop down menu that you can click on. From here there may be an uninstall menu item.

2. For some toolbars you may be able to go to “Options” to uninstall.

However some toolbars like the one below may not give you that option.

How to get rid of unwanted toolbars

How to get rid of unwanted toolbars

So what else can you do?

The Efficacy of Install Monitor in Removing Unwanted Tool Bars

Another thing you can do is look in the programs list of Install Monitor. You may be able to figure it out from looking at the names and dates of the programs. The Find Window tool (image) in Mirekusoft Install Monitor can be a useful toolbar remover. It will identify the program in the program list when you drag the mouse over the toolbar. This technique actually works for other windows as well and not just toolbars.

Once you have identified the program you can use program tree to find out how it got installed. In many cases simply forgetting to remove a checkbox can result in unwanted toolbars. From here you can use Install Monitor to remove the toolbar and any other unwanted programs that were installed at the same time.

 

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The Find Window Tool makes it easy to remove unwanted toolbars like the Babylon Toolbar.

 

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The instructions for the Find Window Tool
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Streamlining Install

One of the many improvements in Mirekusoft Install Monitor 2.0 is the streamlined install process. With Install Monitor 1.1 it was possible to get up to 6 UAC prompts in certain configurations. Some of the redistributable for instance had additional prompts to install. The new install now has a single UAC prompt and there is a single prompt to install the redistributables. Why are the redistributables needed? Using redistributables helps to keep the Install Monitor download as small as possible. In many cases the redistributable is already installed. As a side note it now possible to uninstall Install Monitor from within the program, although you probably would never need to do that.

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