Remove From Your Browser

This page shows how to remove from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Having problems with showing up in the lower left corner of your web browser? If that is the case, you might have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine. I noticed in Mozilla Firefox's statusbar, but I guess can show up if you are using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera too.

Here's a screengrab of when it showed up on my system: in the status bar

I noticed in the status bar and the network log while I was browsing a site that I know does not load or link to any content outside of the site.

Here are some of the statusbar messages you may see in your browser's status bar:

If this sounds like what you are seeing on your computer, you probably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your system that makes the domain appear in your browser. There's no use contacting the owners of the site you currently were browsing. The status bar messages are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you with the removal in this blog post.

I found on one of the lab systems where I have some potentially unwanted programs running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The potentially unwanted programs was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on site that usually don't show advertisements, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove from your browser? On the machine where showed up in the status bar I had a few programs installed, which are often referred to as "potentially unwanted". I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the web browser from loading data from

The problem with statusbar messages such as this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the statusbar messages.

So, what can be done? To remove you need to examine your computer for potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

  1. What software do you have installed if you look in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel? Something that you don't remember installing yourself or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your browser add-ons. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your machine. Did that stop the connections to

  4. If that didn't help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as web browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If nothing seems to solve the problem, you can try to block in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did you find any potentially unwanted program on your machine? Did that stop Please post the name of the potentially unwanted program you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!


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