A woman came to me yesterday to clean out her Vista desktop. The first problem I noticed was that she had two anti-virus programs installed. She had Avast and AVG. She prefered AVG so I uninstalled Avast.
Then I wanted to run some updated scanners but I set this desktop up away from my router and with no wirelesss, I usually have a extra long network wire for such occassions, guess what I couldn't find.
After briefly looking for it to no avail, I decided to just download and copy some scanners to a flash drive and just copy to her system from there. In the case of no Internet access my first scanner of choice is SuperAntiSpyware - www.superantispyware.com/index.html
When you get to their site, click on the link to the Portable Version. Don't let the Portable name fool you. Usually portable software refers to software designed to install on something like a flash drive. This version, you download the installer, copy the installer to a flash drive, copy to the infected system and run it from there. It supposed to contain all the latest updates so you don't have to worry about updating it on a computer with no internet access.
After I finished cleaning, another problem she was having was because Chrome is no longer supporting XP and Vista computers, she was getting that yellow bar across the top warning about Chrome no longer being supported or updated.
Not everybody can afford to go out and buy new computers/operating systems everytime the Big Boys say it's time to upgrade, been there myself, still there really. Although, not upgraading to Windows 10 was my choice, with no regrets. Anyway, I checked online to see if that message can be disabled.
Turns out you can. Right click on the Chrome desktop icon, you'll have to do this to with the pinned icon on the taskbar as well. In the tsakbar, right click on the icon and then in the pop up list (as in my case) right click on the Chrome again. Either way, then click on Properties, and in the Target: field add the following to the end of what is there. --disable-infobars
So it should look something like this (unless you have Chrome installed somewhere else):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-infobars
Please note: Click outside the last quotation marks, then there is a space then two dashess or minus signs (--) there are no more spaces after. And keep in mind this will disable all warnings coming through that bar.
One of the things I do when cleaning out a computer is to reset all the browsers including the ones not being used. This post will concentrate on Internet Explorer. This example is from my computer With Windows 7 and IE v 11.
Just a side note - If you have Windows 10, to get IE, just type it in the search bar, Internet Explorer, and when it appears on the list, right click on it and either Pin it to the taskbar (bottom of screen), pin it to Start menu, or send it to your Desktop as a shortcut, to make it easier to find.
So if your start page has changed, one you didn't make on purpose or you got a toolbar that seems to have come out of nowhere, web pages not loading properly or not loading at all. IE itself either always crashing or not opening propely. I would try resetting the browser.
Open up IE or if that doesn't even work try going to Start > Control Panel > Internet Options. If IE opens click on the round gear like thing. When the menu opens click on Internet options. When the Internet Options window opens click on the Advanced tab.
Towards the bottom you will see a Reset button. Click on it. Then you will get a window asking Are you sure you want to reset Internet Explorer settings? I usually check the option to Delete personal settings.
Then click on Reset.
You'll get a little box open that shows you the progress it's making. When finished just click on the Close button. It will become active when finished. It will then ask you to restart IE or in some cases you might have to restart your computer. When you start up IE again after you'll get a recommended settings box open. I usually just check the Use recommenmded security and compatibility settings.
But this may not disable all add-ons and toolbars. There might be third party programs installed on your system that is keeping this embedded in your browser. Run a scan with your chosen security software. I recommend Malwaebytes www.malwarebytes.com and Adwcleaner https://toolslib.net/downloads/finish/1/
Keep in mind it might be your security program that has the toolbar or add-on there. In that case you may want to disable the add-ons manually. In IE again click on the gear thingy and click on Manage add-ons or through the Control Panel > Inter Options > Programs tab and Manage add-ons.
On the left hand side of the program under Add-on Types: click on Toolbars and Extensions. On the same side a little lower down under Show: Click on the drop down menu (probably on Currently loaded add-ons) and change it to All add-ons.
Then on the right hand side find the add-on you want to disable and and highlight it by clicking once on it and then clicking on the Disable button in the lower right hand corner. If it's already disabled there will be an enable button there instead.
You can also right click and disable.