Adware.NeoBar

Short bio

Adware.NeoBar is the generic detection for a large family of adware that used to specialize in Internet Explorer toolbars as a means to hijack browsers.

While diversifying to cover the most popular browser, they concentrated on extensions that hijack the search providers of these browsers, sometimes while enforcing a policy so the user cannot easily undo this change.

Symptoms

Users of affected systems may notice that their default search provider has changed, and that they are unable to change it back.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from Adware.NeoBar by using real-time protection.

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Malwarebytes blocks Adware.NeoBar

Remediation

Most of the time Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.NeoBar without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

But sometimes it requires some extra actions to get the browsers settings back to the state they were in before the infection. We post removal guides when we run into such special cases.

Examples for Adware.NeoBar:

Adblocker for Youtube

Youtube AdBlock

VK OK Adblock

In general, we advise users to visit our browser restore page if your browser has been hijacked.

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