Recently, someone wrote in and told us that they had the AVG Toolbar installed on their web browser, don’t know how they got it, and couldn’t remove it.
AVG, the company behind the AVG antivirus suite, is also behind this toolbar, which can install itself on your PC during the antivirus installation process. It can also appear as an add-on during the installation of another non-AVG application. Often, we don’t realize that many software companies install additional software this way. You have to pay attention and deselect this additional installation, but most people are inclined to click Next several times instead.
Here’s what the AVG Toolbar does when it installs:
Note that AVG claims a benefit from the toolbar, as it scans malicious hyperlinks for problem websites. But most users have security software that already does this.
If you find yourself with the AVG Toolbar, here’s how to eradicate it from your PC. (Copy and paste these directions to Notepad, because you’ll need to close all your browser windows.)
The AVG toolbar and all its negative effects should be completely removed from your PC. Good luck!
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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