What is Swagbucks Toolbar?

Swagbucks Toolbar is an adware that can hijacks your browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer), because it’s installed as an extension. Actually, Swagbucks Toolbar is not a virus, but you must know that this program is among the PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). When Swagbucks Toolbar gets into your PC, it stars to display banner ads and coupons of popular online stores like eBay etc. Be careful, because this program can get access to your personal data to analyze the browsing history and other information such as password and so on. Also, it adds a toolbar in your browser which can hinder you in your work. The main idea is to make money. Don’t believe that this program will help you. You must remove it right now!

swagbucks toolbar

How is Swagbucks Toolbar installed on your PC?

Swagbucks penetrates a computer bundled with other free programs. These programs can be downloaded from Web sites. Also, the user can install the program manually. Don’t ignore the content of the user agreement to avoid infecting your computer. No need to immediately press “Next.” Read conditions of installation and follow the installation process.

How to remove Swagbucks Toolbar from your PC?

If you want to divest your computer of it, you will need to follow these steps. Please follow them carefully, as if you miss something, the Swagbucks Toolbar and search will not be completely removed. The program does not contain any uninstall program so the only way is to delete it manually.

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You can try both of these products to remove Swagbucks Toolbar

Or uninstall Swagbucks Toolbar manually:

Uninstalling from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Swagbucks Toolbar.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Swagbucks Toolbar and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Swagbucks Toolbar, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

After that remove Swagbucks Toolbar from your browser.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Type chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find Swagbucks Toolbar.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.
  5. Also look for other suspicious extensions.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Type about:addons.
  3. Go to Extensions.
  4. Choose Swagbucks Toolbar.
  5. Click Disable or Remove button.
  6. If remove button is not available – use one of the antispyware products above.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Swagbucks Toolbar.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – use one of the antispyware products above.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Remove following registry entries:


Key: HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects
Value: Radio W Findbar
Data: prxtbSwag.dll
Key: HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects
Value: mako LIVE Findbar
Data: tbSwag.dll
Key: HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects
Value: Avanquest IT Toolbar
Data: prxtbSwag.dll

Then remove following files:


tbSwag.dll
uninstall.exe
Swagbucks1ToolbarHelper.exe
ldrtbSwag.dll
prxtbSwag.dll
tbSwag.dll

And these folders


C:Program Filesswagbucks1

Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

google chrome logo Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

mozilla firefox logo Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

internet explorer logo Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Go to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

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