Remove iWin Toolbar from Your Browser
iWin Toolbar is a malicious program categorized as a browser hijacker. It is usually distributed using freeware. When this application infects the PC your browser’s default search engine will be set to iWin3 Customized Web Search, whereas the homepage will be changed to search.conduit.com. Furthermore, iWin Community Toolbar will appear in your browser.
The promoted search engine is useless because the provided results will always be filled with sponsored links, advertisements and other commercial content. The owners of the webpages pay money for the people behind the iWin3 Customized Web Search in order for their websites to be ranked higher. As a result, the search results are inaccurate. Moreover, the domain will gather info about your search history.
The iWin Toolbar theoretically is not a virus, but practically it still has a lot of virus-like features. For example, just like a rootkit it can infiltrate deep in to the OS. IT experts call this program “PUP”, which is an abbreviation of a phrase “potentially unwanted program”.
As mentioned before, freeware is usually employed to carry this browser hijacker. Video recording/streaming managers, PDF creators and download managers are the usual “suspects”. The hijacker is bundled in freeware’s installation files, and DiviX Player is no exception. The browser hijacker is being installed at the same time as the video player. As a result, very often after the installation of the latter DivX Player users discover that their default search engine and homepage are changed to iWin3 Customized Web Search and search.conduit.com respectively. Unfortunately, once the video player is removed the changed settings are not restored to the original state, so users have to remove the browser hijacker and restore the settings manually.
Moreover, such popular download sites as CNET, Softonic or Brothersoft add iWin Toolbar to the installation files of the distributed programs by default, so it is very common that the PC gets infected after the software was downloaded from previously mentioned domains.
Fortunately, these kinds of programs and problems they cause can be avoided. In order to keep the PC clean user should always choose “Custom Installation” option. Then one should inspect all the additional programs which are going to be installed. If some of them is unwanted or dangerous, simply remove the tick next to its name. As a result, you will avoid installing harmful software. Finally, it is wise to use software which was developed by well-known and trustworthy developers, and don’t forget to choose a safe software distributor.
Automatic iWin Toolbar Removal
Step 1. In order to detect and remove iWin Toolbar, download SpyHunter anti-spyware software
Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
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Step 2. Click Run or Open and install the application by following the on-screen instructions (How to Install)
Step 3. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Step 4. After scanning, click Fix Threats button
Note: download size is 0.7 MB. Trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version for 39.99 USD.
Manual iWin Toolbar Removal
Important Note: iWin 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, Virus-Experts.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Fix Google Chrome startup pages.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In On startup click Set pages and remove iWin Toolbar by clicking X symbol. After that, add your desired homepage.
2. Remove iWin Toolbar from the homepage settings.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Appearance section click on Change. Remove the malicious homepage by clicking X symbol. Then you can add the desired homepage by entering its URL and hitting OK.
3. Remove iWin Toolbar from the search engine list and set a one.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Search section click on Manage search engines.. button. Choose the legitimate default search engine as default by clicking Make default. Then remove the malicious search engine from the list.
4. Remove add-ons that are associated with malware
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Tools. Go to Extensions and delete all add-ons related to iWin Toolbar from the list.
1. Remove iWin Toolbar from homepage settings.
Click on Tools icon and choose Internet Options. In General tab replace the hijacked homepage with a desired URL like www.google.com. Then click Apply to complete the action.
2. Modify default search provider settings, also remove the malicious search provider.
Click on Tools icon and choose Manage Add-ons. In Search Providers section please choose to set a legitimate search provider as default by clicking Set as default button. Then remove the malicious search provider from the list.
1. Remove iWin Toolbar from homepage settings.
Go to Options > General tab. Replace the malicious homepage with a preferred URL and click OK.
2. Perform “about:config” function to revert Firefox changed items.
Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. Then accept the warning.
Search for iWin Toolbar in the search field. Then right-click on each founded item and select Reset.
3. Remove iWin Toolbar from the search engines list.
Click on the current search engine icon and choose Manage Search Engines.. Select the malicious URL and click Remove, then hit OK to complete the action.
Delete malicious apps and directories
Review your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to iWin Toolbar. Then choose ‘Uninstall’.
Search for and delete any folder related to “iWin Toolbar” if found in the following directories: