How to Remove Adware Toolbars
Well known internet entities like Google and Yahoo offer toolbars that can be installed as plug-in components for popular web browsers such Internet Explorer and Firefox. Many people use these toolbars to increase a web browser's functionality as they provide instant searches, pop-up blockers and personalized bookmarks. These additional tools are generally implemented to enhance your experience on the internet.
Although toolbars are useful in many instances, some of them are pesky and be considered a threat to your computer. One such parasite is a program by the name of Mirar. Mirar is often installed on your system without knowledge or authorization. It has been classified as adware, ad-supported software often bundled with freeware and shareware applications. These programs have been known to make various changes to your web browser, a process known as hijacking. Most types of adware will implement their own toolbars which may slowly take control of your web browsing activities. In some cases, adware will completely disable a Google or Yahoo toolbar. These programs are quite persistent and difficult to uninstall at times. When believing they have been successfully removed, they often return after a system reboot.
When conducting a search using a Google search engine, you get a few relevant results from companies who have paid for ranking along with web pages that have genuinely qualified. When using a feature provided by an adware toolbar, you are likely to be redirected to sites that have paid for positioning in the developer's search results. This redirection may take you to sites hosting pornographic or malicious content.
Getting Rid of the Pests
The purpose of these hostile toolbars is to promote advertisements from various web sites. Most of the time, adware has no intent on destroying your computer though common results show otherwise. Adware will monitor your internet activity, make a log of it and then forward the data to remote servers. Because of this tendency, many of these toolbars are labeled as spyware. Some of the toolbars you are presented with may be vibrant and appear rather useful, yet should be removed from your computer immediately.
Most adware will create large files and store them in numerous folders and directories on your computer. Keys in the registry may also be created. When adware becomes deeply embedded, several of it's component remain present in the system, even when the application has been removed from your "Add/Remove programs" utility.
In order to remove all of the toolbars and other adware components, a manual search needs to be conducted to locate unwanted files and entries. With the limited tools provided by the Windows operating system, removing these items could be very tedious. By deleting the wrong files, you could easily end up causing more harm than good.
If the damage isn't too severe, you can remove these hidden files and remnants with a reliable anti-spyware program and a registry cleaning tool. The anti-spyware solution will detect and eradicate the malicious software, while the registry cleaner will sweep out the traces of toolbars and other pieces it left behind. More importantly, the frequent use of these tools will help keep the pesky adware away from your computer.