4Loot Toolbar (Hijacker)
4Loot Toolbar (also found as 4Loot Toolbar virus, 4Loot Toolbar Toolbar for IE, etc. though not an actual computer virus) is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker and spyware that downloads and installs to a Microsoft Windows PC and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent. Once 4Loot Toolbar is installed, the program will begin to change existing internet browser settings, including the home page, managed, provided, and default search engine. This causes unwanted browser redirects and start ups to 4Loot Search, search.conduit.com, and other sites, and other complications.
Once 4Loot Toolbar is installed, it may appear at the top of an open internet browser window and contain a search box and links to social media and promoted websites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as links to unknown games and game categories.
All new opened internet browser windows and tabs may redirect to 4Loot Search or Protected Search and internet searches using the browser address bar will cause unwanted symptoms.
4Loot Toolbar and similar items may change Microsoft Windows start up settings and corrupt browser shortcuts, which will also help the 4Loot Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware into reformatting existing internet browser settings. Furthermore 4Loot Toolbar may allow additional third-party malware to infect a computer system or install without consent including advertisement serving platforms (adware) and even spyware.
4Loot Toolbar and related parties have been reported to collect sensitive user information including you IP address, your name, telephone number, home address, email address, and more. 4Loot Toolbar malware and related parties may even collect and distribute user information manually submitted into online forms while 4Loot Toolbar and third-party software is installed and attached to internet browsers, including usernames, passwords, credit card details, bank account information, social media relationships, and more. Cyber crimes relating to the browser hijacker category (though rare in this case) include credit theft, extortion, identity theft, and others.
4Loot Toolbar has permission to access all the data on your computer and the websites you visit.
Most victims of 4Loot software complain of unwanted email spam, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers. It has been concluded that this particular Toolbar and related parties will submit users to marketing and mailing lists without direct consent.
How does 4Loot Toolbar malware get onto a computer?
4Loot Toolbar often bundles with third-party software including freeware and shareware from distributors such as download.com and Softonic.
In some cases users may have the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install 4Loot Toolbar and download games from the website; however the request to decline the installation is often ignored or presented in a colluding manner.
How to remove 4Loot Toolbar malware
- Automatically remove 4Loot Toolbar – Scan for and automatically remove 4Loot Toolbar and third-party malware
- Manually remove 4Loot Toolbar – Remove/Uninstall 4Loot Toolbar and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic 4Loot Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove 4Loot Toolbar and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall 4Loot Toolbar (Search protect by conduit) and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall 4Loot Toolbar (Search Protect by conduit) and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for 4Loot Toolbar, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual 4Loot Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall 4Loot Toolbar malware and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall 4Loot Toolbar
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for 4Loot Toolbar (4Loot Toolbar for IE, etc.), recently installed games, and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove 4Loot Toolbar add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove 4Loot Toolbar add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and additional third-party toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the 4Loot Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the 4Loot Toolbar add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the 4Loot Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.