The Freshy Toolbar is a browser helper object that installed as a browser extension for browsers like Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. It does not classify as a virus, but most of the people who become victims of this toolbar thinks that this is a virus that can harm the system. The Freshy Toolbar is actually a potentially unwanted program which performs some illegal activities in the system due to which many people think that this is a virus. Mostly this toolbar distributed through freeware download or bundled with some useful applications, and it always installed on the system without getting the permission of the user. Once this application sneaks into the system, it changes the home page, default search provider, and desktop background. You will start receiving the annoying pop-up ads in the search results or while surfing on the web. The Freshy Toolbar also diverts you towards malicious websites where you can easily get other infections.
Removal of Freshy Toolbar
Even though the Freshy Toolbar is not classified as a parasite, but once this unwanted program discovered on your system, you have to remove it as quickly as possible. There are some powerful automatic tools available through which you can remove this infection within a few minutes. The manual process is a bit complicated due to which it is only recommended to the experienced computer users. The instructions for the manual removal are as under:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
To terminate the normal mode, you have to restart the system and keep pressing the F8 key repeatedly to access the boot options menu. After accessing the list of boot options you have to select the safe mode, and hit the Enter key to open the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
Hold the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together to access the task manager, and click on the Processes tab as soon as you are able to see the task manager window. Under this tab you can see all the running processes in the system. You have to delete the following malicious processes associated with this application by using the “End Process“ button, and close the windows task manager:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ex
Remove the Associated Data
Once done with the associated processes, it is turn of removing the associated data of the Freshy Toolbar. Following are the files hidden in the system files folder that you have to delete quickly:-
- %Desktopdir%\Freshy Toolbar.lnk
- %Programs%\Freshy Toolbar\Freshy Toolbar.lnk
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
To clean the windows registry you have to access the registry editor by executing the Regedit command through Run option available in the start menu. Once the registry editor is started, delete the following entries associated with the Freshy Toolbar:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Freshy Toolbar\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Freshy Toolbar
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Freshy Toolbar\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Freshy Toolbar\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Freshy Toolbar\DisplayName Freshy Toolbar
Reboot the PC once again in the normal mode, and run a complete system scan after updating the existing antivirus software.
Disclaimer: Altering your windows registry items and other computer files should only be attempted by knowledgeable computer users. Errors in registry items may lead to some technical problems affecting other aspects of your machine. We advise you to attempt all these manual steps at your own risk, or else it is better use the Automatic Freshy Toolbar removal Tool.
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