Remove Freecause Toolbar (Simple Removal Guide)
Freecause Toolbar is a typical browser hijacker. Once this application is installed, a new toolbar will appear in your internet browser. Furthermore, default search engine and homepage will be changed to Freecause Customized Web Search and search.conduit.com respectively. This unwanted app is usually distributed with the help of freeware.
The promoted search engine is not a trustworthy domain. It presents the user with ads and sponsored links, instead of providing accurate search results. Furthermore, the Freecause Customized Web Search might gather information concerning your search history. The hijacker and this search engine are employed by third parties in order to increase their website’s page ranking in the search results, thus generating greater income.
Although, one cannot call this application a virus, it has some features which makes it dangerous e.g. due to the similarities with rootkits it can infiltrate deeply into the OS. IT experts usually call this kind of software “Potentially unwanted program” or “PUP”.
As mentioned before the browser hijacker is distributed bundled with free software such as PDF creators, video streaming/recording apps or download managers. Moreover, some software distributing webpages such as Softonic, CNET or Brothersoft add the browser hijacker to their custom installers by default, so downloading applications from those domains is especially dangerous.
When user is installing software, which is bundled with Freecause Toolbar, little does one know that the unwanted application is being installed at the same moment. Some well-known programs are likely to be distributing the hijacker too. For example, DiviX player is often packed with the Freecause Toolbar, and once the video player is installed, users will notice that the default search engine is changed to Freecause Customized Web Search, whereas the homepage is set to search.conduit.com. Furthermore, the additional toolbar will appear in your default internet browser. Unfortunately, when DivX player is removed the previously mentioned modifications will remain. As a result, user will have to restore the changes manually.
This kind of encounters can be easily avoided. Unfortunately, a lot of users don’t know how. Below you will see a few tips, which will reduce the number of problems associated with browser hijackers and similar programs significantly. First of all, you have to choose software distributors and developers wisely. Always download programs from trusted sources. If you have doubts about some companies, read a few reviews on the internet. Secondly, when installing software always choose “Custom Installation” mode, regardless the reputation of the program. Then remove ticks next to the names of unwanted or suspicious software. As a result, you won’t have to deal with applications you didn’t want in the first place.
Automatic Freecause Toolbar Removal
Download and install SpyHunter http://fixbrowsers.com/sh.php to detect Freecause Toolbar and remove it.
- Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
- SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Manual Freecause Toolbar Removal
Important Note: Freecause Toolbar can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, FixBrowsers.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. To remove Freecause Toolbar, check your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Freecause Toolbar and then choose ‘Uninstall’.
2. Delete any browser plugin related to “Freecause Toolbar”:
Firefox -> Add-ons -> Extensions.
Google Chrome -> Settings -> Extensions.
Internet Explorer -> Manage add-ons ->Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Also remove Freecause Toolbar from your browsers:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Options -> General tab -> Startup. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
4. Delete any folder related to “Freecause Toolbar” from the following folders: