How To Disable Alexa Toolbar And Uninstall Alexa Toolbar Extension

What is the Alexa Toolbar?

The Alexa Toolbar is a legitimate Toolbar add-on (browser helper object) developed by Alexa.com that displays helpful information about websites visited including their Alexa score (popularity on the internet based on traffic), provides a pop-up blocker, web search, and other custom features. You can even create your own Alexa Toolbar on Alexa.com.

Alexa Traffic Stats

The Alexa toolbar, while installed, stays resident in the background and collects general information about the user’s web browser and operating system such as addresses of visited websites and logs computer internet address. The information is utilized to rank website popularity and traffic to determine demographics and statistics of visited websites.

Is the Alexa Toolbar safe?

Yes! The Alexa Toolbar is not adware, spyware, nor do they share information with third parties. Personal information gathered by Alexa is on a voluntary basis before installation, such as gender, age, household income, ethnicity, education, children in household, and postal code.

The Alexa Toolbar does not install without consent and should only be installed from a familiar source such as Alexa.com. If you have issues regarding malware, including adware pop-ups and in-text advertisements while using the Alexa Toolbar, you may have installed a fake or scam version of the Alexa Toolbar from a malicious source or may have an unrelated computer infection.

The Alexa “Toolbar” version, opposed to the extension detailed below is only available for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

What is the Alexa Extension?

The Alexa Extension is an Alexa add-on for the Google Chrome browser. It is much different than the Alexa Toolbar for uses as it’s only purpose is to provide ready information about visited websites and links to their information on Alexa.com. Also note, there used to be an Alexa Toolbar for Google Chrome, but Google changed their development terms and no longer promotes the use of such third party Toolbars.

Aleax Extension Chrome

The Alexa Extension for Google Chrome stays resident but noticeable in the background and can be used to easily view the Alexa score of a visited website based on the size of the blue Alexa bar.

How to uninstall the Alexa Toolbar/Extension
Disabling and uninstalling the Alexa Toolbar and Alexa Extension is simple using the appropriate steps.

  1. Uninstall Alexa Toolbar & Extension – Use the appropriate removal steps.
  2. Manual Removal – Manually remove Alexa files and entries.
  3. Antivirus/Anti-Malware Software – Troubleshoot issues regarding malware.
  4. System Restore – Troubleshoot issues regarding malware.

Uninstall Alexa Toolbar: Microsoft Internet Explorer

Alexa Toolbar Internet Explorer

All versions of the Alexa Toolbar may be uninstalled using Window’s Uninstaller or the add/remove program feature. This does not remove the Alexa Extension from Google Chrome browsers.

  1. Open Windows Start Menu and click Control Panel
  2. Select Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs
  3. Click on Alexa Toolbar and then click the Uninstall or Change/Remove button (image)

Uninstall Alexa / Sparky Toolbar: Mozilla Firefox

Alexa Sparky Toolbar Firefox

To uninstall Sparky and the Alexa Toolbar add-on for Mozilla Firefox, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and select Tools >Add-ons
  2. Select Alexa Toolbar and/or Alexa Sparky and click the Remove or Uninstall button
  3. Restart your internet browser to complete the uninstall

Uninstall Alexa Extension: Google Chrome

As stated before, uninstalling the Alexa toolbar does not disarm the Alexa Extension for Google Chrome. Use the steps below to uninstall the Alexa Extension from Google Chrome browsers.

  1. Click on the Customize Chrome button (the wrench or 3 bar icon)
  2. Navigate to Tools > Extensions
  3. Hover over the Alexa extension/toolbar and click the trash can to remove the Alexa extension

Remove Alexa Extension Chrome

* To disable the Alexa Extension, if enabled, simply un-check the Enabled radio box.

Manual Removal Instructions

If you wish to manually remove the Alexa Toolbar, the files and registry entries are provided below.

  • To access Window’s Registry Editor, open the Start Menu and type regedit into the search field, press Enter.

Delete registry values

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Alexa Internet
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Alexa Toolbar
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AlxTB.BHO
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AlxTB.BHO.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Popup.HTMLEvent
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Popup.HTMLEvent.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PopMenu.Menu
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PopMenu.Menu.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Popup.PopupKiller
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Popup.PopupKiller.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{27D784D7-9217-4227-B43B-E06E4781E0CB}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3CEFF6CD-6F08-4e4d-BCCD-FF7415288C3B}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{69A72A8A-84ED-4a75-8CE7-263DBEF3E5D3}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7BF3A7DB-A516-4e24-B40A-F60B34699E26}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EA20F195-32DA-4bd6-B348-FD02FC7D3D5A}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F1FABE79-25FC-46de-8C5A-2C6DB9D64333}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{04D79E9F-09A9-4AED-9FC2-6E63A3BCA51E}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{0B32BCCD-4D64-48EB-8EC3-9BA0807D1349}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{0BBB0424-E98E-4405-9A94-481854765C80}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{0F3332B5-BC98-48AF-9FAC-05FEC94EBE73}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{3E60160F-0ED6-4DCC-B6B6-850CDE4FD217}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{3F41980D-B681-488E-9757-0C9744F9C3CE}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{49160F0D-6BE2-4F5F-BCDB-9256DA3BB120}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{5A9961FD-B0A6-4065-9552-EBFC199683A3}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{6912BEB3-E20C-4953-8C8E-E91B12B55BFC}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{738CB0ED-54A7-4061-AE2E-40EFD9B1EEF6}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9AF74448-EBD1-484C-8B06-35E597C0B54C}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9BAB764B-E4F3-4C7B-99AD-CDF696BBE3A8}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A69107CC-BEC8-4A34-B474-211B0F46A764}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A6A68CBD-6673-41B1-B997-3F83A25B45B0}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{ABF7C4D4-53EF-4C15-8954-D22F63C98E9F}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{AC2A5E17-05ED-4E62-86E5-84779E8F0BCA}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B71C7D9A-DA43-4E8B-BB98-1684AC2AF324}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B79D9232-A798-43DB-9E61-281D550460E4}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B7B84995-8B92-46BF-94AA-FA2F3DD23B84}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{DC21CEDE-3E81-43D7-B816-DAEFA7B4901F}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{FA77AD79-09CF-41FB-B171-CC856F9E737F}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{547AB549-4DD8-4ea0-B070-F6EA062148FF}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{EACAA5CE-99B3-470E-9629-8F98F4C4B637}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[XVS]\Common\Research\Sources\{19C33034-3878-4beb-B843-62C2761AFF96}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\[XVS]\User Agent\Post Platform\Alexa Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Alexa Toolbar
Delete directory
C:\Program Files\Alexa Toolbar
Delete files
alexaie.dll
alxres.dll
alxtb.dll
alxtb1.dll
Unregister DLLs
alexaie.dll
alxres.dll
alxtb.dll
alxtb1.dll

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Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

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