What is vGrabber Toolbar (Browser hijacker)?
vGrabber Toolbar is malware also referred to as the vGrabber Toolbar virus (vGrabber virus), categorized as a browser hijacker that changes internet browser settings without direct permission, causing unwanted start-ups and redirects to a vGrabber Search Engine, search.conduit.com, and other websites. vGrabber Toolbar malware may also change browser shortcuts for popular internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which commands the internet browsers to target unwanted search engines as well, and display pop-up advertisements.
Victims often notice they are infected with vGrabber Toolbar and third-party malware when the unwanted toolbar appears as an add-on and extension without consent. When attempting to search the web using the browser address bar, vGrabber Toolbar will hijack the search command and redirect users to unwanted websites that primarily display sponsored search results, unrelated advertisements, and non-beneficial information. It should be noted that some advertisements may promote unethical software that should be avoided.
In some cases, vGrabber Toolbar has been difficult to remove. Many internet users have searched for instructions to remove vGrabber Toolbar and third-party malware from their computer, as in some cases simply uninstalling vGrabber Toolbar software will not stop symptoms relative to this particular malware. Since this is often the case we have listed multiple steps further below to ensure vGrabber Toolbar is completely removed from your computer.
In other cases, victims have claimed to be included to aggressive marketing lists without consent and have received a large amount of email spam, junk mail (snail mail), and phone calls from telemarketers. This may conclude that vGrabber Toolbar may bundle alongside third-party spyware and use other tactics to gather sensitive information, including the collection of submitted online data, such as home addresses, telephone numbers, and identification details.
How does vGrabber Toolbar malware infect a computer?
vGrabber Toolbar is promoted alongside freeware, shareware, and other media related items such as codecs, and often bundles alongside third-party downloads, and vice-versa. If you recenely downloaded software from websites such as download.com, chances are vGrabber Toolbar bundled with the object.
vGrabber Toolbar can also be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of websites such as
vgrabber.ourtoolbar.com, as it promotes itself as a safe and legitimate tool used to receive desktop notifications and search through vGrabber Toolbar related content.
How to remove vGrabber Toolbar
- Automatically remove vGrabber Toolbar malware – Scan for and automatically remove vGrabber Toolbar and third-party malware
- Manually remove vGrabber Toolbar – Remove/Uninstall vGrabber Toolbar software and third-party malware
1. Automatic vGrabber Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the vGrabber Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, browser shortcuts, and other hijacked settings.
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 vGrabber Toolbar 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 vGrabber Toolbar, associated software, and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for vGrabber Toolbar, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual vGrabber Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall vGrabber Toolbar and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall vGrabber Toolbar malware
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 vGrabber Toolbar 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 vGrabber Toolbar add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove vGrabber Toolbar add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party titles.
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 vGrabber 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 vGrabber 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 vGrabber Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.