How to get rid of a toolbar that you don’t want but can’t delete or a hijacked web browser’s homepage: Use AdwCleaner

Recently my laptop computer that runs a dual-boot Windows XP Pro SP3/Windows 7 SP1 setup somehow, while running XP, got infected with the Yontoo Desktop toolbar (there is plenty of information on it on the web) that delivers ads and had its Firefox web browsers hijacked by a website called The set home page would come up and then get replaced by the site. There are other toolbar infections that do the same kind of things.

The Yontoo Desktop did not have a listing in Add or Remove Programs (Programs & Features in Windows 7 and 8) and had a folder that couldn’t be deleted and I couldn’t find a setting that made the set home page not get replaced by I searched the web for a solution and found a free tool called AdwCleaner that relies on donations. It supports Windows versions from Windows XP to Windows 8.1, 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Here is the author’s French website:

Download the latest version under Données.

Here is a website that provides information on the tool:

The tool is very easy to use. Just run the downloaded file called adwcleaner.exe and look under all of the tabs for files and entries or setting to remove. I found the things I had to remove under the Services and Firefox tabs, which fixed both problems.

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