Junkware Removal Tool uninstalls popular toolbars and unwanted software from your PC

It is probably fair to say that the majority of Windows users encountered toolbars in one way or the other. Maybe you did not pay full attention to an installation dialog and ended up with the Ask or Babylon Toolbar installed on your system, or you paid attention and though a toolbar offered by the program would aid you in a way or another, or, you have been asked by friends, family or colleagues to take a look at their PCs and discovered one or multiple installed toolbars while doing so.

I have published a few guides in the past that help you uninstall toolbars, and most computer users should not have any troubles following the instructions to do so.

Software may assist you in the removal. Programs like Junkware Removal Tool come in handy in several situations. Maybe multiple toolbars are installed and you want them gone as fast as possible, or you found a toolbar or program on your system but could not figure out how to remove it manually.

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The main advantage of the uninstaller is that it is dead easy to use. All you have to do basically is to run it, press a key in the interface and wait for the program to scan the system for traces of toolbars and unwanted software that it can remove. If it finds any during scans, it will remove them immediately and without your doing. A log file in text form is created at the end and opened, so that you can find out exactly what the program changed on the system. The log file displays "successfully deleted" when it found a folder, file, or program on the system and removed it, and "failed to delete" when no such program was found or when it could not delete the data from the system.

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You need to make sure that you have closed all web browsers and programs that may interfere with the scan or removal.

List of toolbars and unwanted programs Junkware Removal Tool can remove from the system:

  • Ask Toolbar
  • Babylon
  • Browser Manager
  • Claro / iSearch
  • Conduit
  • Coupon Printer for Windows
  • Crossrider
  • DealPly
  • Facemoods / Funmoods
  • iLivid
  • Iminent
  • IncrediBar
  • MyWebSearch
  • Searchqu
  • Web Assistant

As you can see, many programs and toolbars in the list that have a wider distribution on Windows PCs. As I said earlier, the main advantage of the program is that it can remove multiple programs found in the list above in one go. It creates a Registry Backup using ERUNT before it starts to remove files. I'd recommend you create a backup of your own or at least a system restore point before you run the application.

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Responses to Junkware Removal Tool uninstalls popular toolbars and unwanted software from your PC

  1. Paul B. April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    This is something I will probably use once a day. :)

  2. Rich April 22, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    The program was blocked by Norton heuristics and not allowed to run.

    • Martin Brinkmann April 22, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      I tested it over at Virustotal and all scanners returned that it is clean.

  3. Giles April 22, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    The developer of JRT makes me a little nervous with his WordPress site that still contains the default 'Sample Page' in the navigation menu.

    Although I suppose good web design and good programming don't go hand-in-hand, it still caused me pause for concern.

    • Rick April 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Websites and quality of programming are virtually mutually exclusive.

      Programmers want to "code" their websites and most out-of-the-box web solutions (like wordpress that they use) are counter-intuitive for coders.

      What is more interesting is that the program version seems to change every day or close to it. Shows that the product is still young and undoubtedly with a few bugs that would normally be discovered in beta testing.

      Regarding the Norton blocking, it's not really a surprise. Any program that goes registry digging that hasn't followed exacting standards for doing this will trigger many of the AVs. Nothing to get excited about.

      Having said all of this, one essential part of any tool like this - a backup must always be created before making changes. Removal of files, registry changes can go wrong. Another thing I just noticed, the app shuts-down processes without notice (to unlock files I'm guessing).

      So treat this as an alpha program - not ready for mass consumption. For example, the app removed without warning, several of my absolutely fine FIrefox addons - not toolbars or anything that comes close. Also removed some settings from two addons - again - nothing to do with "cleaning bad stuff".

      If you want to give this a try - BACKUP EVERYTHING.

  4. KRS April 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I'm nervous about a tool that finds and automatically deletes everything. It would be nice if JRT showed a list of what it found and let me decide whether to keep some of them.

  5. Nebulus April 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    @Giles: I try not to install junk in the first place, so this kind of tools won't be needed. But yes, that Sample page is disturbing :)

  6. rickxs April 23, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    why is it disturbing ?

    • Giles April 23, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Because although I'm sure JRT is legitimate, sloppy design elements such as what is displayed should raise alarms as it meets certain criteria to identifying phishing or malware sites.

      Plus, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence to a developer's attention to detail.

  7. William Wilson April 23, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I installed and ran the Junkware Removal tool on my notebook computer [Win Vista HP OS] which has Microsoft Essentials Security and Malwarebytes Pro to protect against malwares; I found that it deleted several junkware remnants of different instances of software. I usually use Revo Uninstaller Pro and the Registry Finder component of jv16 Power Tools 2012 to un-install/remove those types of junk softwares, however, there are frequently items which they miss. Of course, I realize that it is sort of optimistic/foolish to continue to use Win Vista HP as an OS in these days, but that is another matter.

  8. TheRube April 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    OH PLEASE!!!

    Download Spybot: Search and Destroy; Just Sit Back and watch Spy find these toolbars!
    You decide whether or not to remove it!

    I LOVE Spybot S&D.
    (Operation is Painless)

    TR

  9. TheRube April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    This is the Official website for Spybot: Search and Destroy

    http://www.safer-networking.org/

  10. berger April 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Deletes C:\Program Files (x86)\driver-soft which is driver genius program. Also removed ..\extensions\[email protected]

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