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Toolbar Cleaner Strips Toolbars, Add-ons, and Browser Helper Objects

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If you’re trying to remove all the crap off a friend’s bogged down computer, Toolbar Cleaner is a handy little app that does a thorough job stripping away spammy toolbars, dubious add-ons, and browser helper objects.

Toolbar Cleaner is a free application that helps remove unwanted garbage from your Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome installations–including third-party toolbars, extensions/add-ons, and browser helper objects (plug-ins that modify your browser behavior and can contain malware). If you’re dealing with a machine drowning under all the toolbars and crapware that have snuck onto the system, it’s a nearly one-click solution to purging all of them.

Hit up the link below to read more about the software and grab a copy. Toolbar Cleaner is freeware, Windows only.

Toolbar Cleaner [via Freeware Genius]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/6/12

Comments (10)

  1. Stumo

    I just installed this and it planted a new toolbar on my browser, hijacked my homepage with gunk (despite unchecking the box on installation) and left me with a VERY slow system.

  2. Grant

    I tried it, and it just crashes. Maybe not quite ready for prime time.

  3. Stumo


  4. Erik

    There’s much better apps out there that can clean up much more stuff.
    CCleaner, Malwarebytes, HijackThis, Windows Defender, and Avast Antivirus are just a few that come to mind.

  5. paul

    Ignore this download. It`s full of spyware. Shame on you HTG!!!!!!!

  6. George

    It isn’t full of Spyware. De-select the two options and you’re fine. Overreact much?

  7. Barklee Sanders

    Or You Can Just Reset Internet Options , Way Quicker And You Don’t Have To Install Anything.

  8. Stumo

    @ George: ‘Overreact much’?
    I DID deselect the two options and it STILL added a toolbar and changed my home-page.
    Thankfully, I already have CCleaner and Malwarebytes on my system but no thanks to this pile of junk for adding unwanted clutter to my computer.

  9. TallPaul

    I kinda wanna install it now. Its like the computer version of touching something that says “wet paint”

  10. Squarepants

    @Barklee Sanders: Right on.

    Who needs sh*tware when you can do it yourself…your a geek aren’t you?!

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