Removing Google Toolbar

This section provides a tutorial example on how to remove 'Google Toolbar'. Notes were taken in 2005.

Symptom: Google Toolbar seems to be a nice tool. It offers the following features:

However, Google Toolbar does take away space from your browser window to make a "bar" to displays icons for you to invoke its functions.

It is also consuming CPU and memory of your computer.

HijackThis Report:

O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} 
   - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll

Quick Research: No need to search the Web. We want to remove Google bar.

What I Did:

1. Looked at IE > Internet Options > Programs > Manage Add-on, and disabled:

   Google Script Object
   Google Toolbar Helper

2. Went to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs, and removed Google Toolbar.

Result: Google Toolbar is not showing up on IE windows.

More notes taken in 2008. The new Google Toolbar puts 3 entries in IE ad-on program list:

Google                        Toolbar   googletoolbar1.dll
Google Toolbar Helper         BHO       googletoolbar1.dll
Google Toolbar Notifier BHO   BHO       swg.dll

Using "Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs", I removed Google Toolbar installation from my system. The first 2 add-on programs are gone from IE. But the last one stays in the system.

Google Toolbar Notifier BHO   BHO       swg.dll

Using "Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs" again, I removed Google Updater installation from my system. "Google Toolbar Notifier" is gone now.

Last update: 2008.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 What Is an IE Add-on?

 List of IE Add-on Programs

Removing Google Toolbar

 Removing Yahoo! IE Services Button - yiesrvc.dll

 Removing MySearch Toolbar - S4BAR.DLL

 Removing NetZero Toolbar - Toolbar.dll

 Removing Windows Messenger Extra Button

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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