How to get rid of redirect thing that is being promoted Smartbar? And this Smart bar toolbar installs on my computer without my consent. Excuse my frustration, but all i was trying to do was download a music on a page, the page is providing people with Facebook and Twitter widgets, or links to online games etc , and next thing you know, this “Search Creativetoolbars crap shows up? Any suggestions?

Protect Your PC From The Redirect

The redirect virus is an attack that will disguise itself as a search engine, but the good news is that it is very easy to spot, as it is a very low quality page. This virus is notorious for hitting those using the Google Chrome browser. When they go to search it will switch from the standard Google search page and then a Search creativetoolbars page with smart bar will show up showing a completely blank page except for a “search” bar in the middle of the page. The hackers didn’t put too much effort into making the search page resemble a real Google search page so it is very easy to spot for those that are regular computer users. It can be dangerous to those who do not notice the change or notice that something is different. An inexperienced computer user may just assume that the regular search page that they see has been updated. This is what the people behind the virus hope for, as it will allow them to gain access to the computer and cause harm. Kick it off right now.

The virus hijacks the users homepage and presents a fake search engine. Once fully installed, the virus locks the homepage to the fake search engine site while it opens up remote access to the cyber criminals. They hope that the user does not notice the chance until after they have gone in and deleted files, and searched for information to steal and either use for fraudulent purposes or sell to other hackers and cyber crime groups.

To save your computer, you can manually remove this malware redirection by the following manual steps below(For Advanced Users Only). If you are not a computer Wiz, you are suggested to get help from YooSecurity Online Experts.

Search.creativetoolbars Redirect Screen-shot


What Can the Search.creativetoolbars Virus Do On A Target Computer?

A Trojan virus attempts to get into a computer without being detected by antivirus programs, and the virus does a good job at sneaking in and them attempting to destroy the computer while giving the hackers a chance to steal personal information. This particular virus is picked up by clicking on infected links placed within file sharing sites and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The hackers will create a viral post and every user that clicks on it will be subject to the browser hijacker virus. These methods can give the hackers access to thousands of computers daily!

The redirect virus can potentially:

  • Slow down the overall speed and performance of the computer
  • When the fake search engine is used it will redirect the user to ads
  • Weaken the security of the network
  • Allow the hackers to access all information stored on the computer, including personal and financial information
  • Redirects the Google search to the fake search engine page

How to Remove the Search Creativetoolbars Engine Through Regedit? (Manual Removal Guide)

If someone does attempt to use the web search they will quickly learn that the search engine does not deliver actual results. Instead, it will direct the user to an advertisement or a content locking page that requires the user to fill out a form or perform some other activity in which the hackers receive compensation for. Over time the computers speed will be decreased and the network security will be at high risk. There is even potential for the hackers to be able to gain access to other computers linked to the same network as the infected computer. You can follow the guides below to get it fixed:

Step 1: Restart the infected computer to Safe mode with networking. When you press the power button or restart it from Start menu, repeatedly hit F8 key; then use arrow keys to select Safe mode with networking and press Enter.

Step 2: Open Windows Task Manager to end some processes generated by Search.creativetoolbars engine. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time or right click on bottom Task Bar.
Windows Task Manager

Step 3: Go to Folder Options from Control Panel. Under View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and non-select Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) then click OK.
Folder Options

Step 4: Delete all the following files related to Redirect thing.

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Regedit32
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = 0
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\{rnd }
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current\Winlogon\”Shell” = “{ }.exe”

Step 5: Restart the computer again and let it get into normal mode this time after the virus removal.

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Since not all antivirus programs are set up to remove this virus it is a good idea to manually remove redirect virus and all of the infected files. There are simple step by step instructions that can be followed to remove the Search.creativetoolbars virus, and there are also professional services that can help for those that are not familiar with how certain files and folders should look like or contain.

Notice: If you are still not sure on how to completely get rid of redirect virus or don’t want to mess up your files and damage your whole machine, please contact YooSecurity Expert 24/7 online now to safely resolve your problem and keep you from headache.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on March 1, 2013 2:03 am

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