Toolbar Cleaner is a program which does more or less precisely what its name suggests, removing toolbars, apps, plugins and assorted other unwanted extras from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

Oddly, the program will by default also install an addon itself, the "Anti-phishing Domain Advisor". And while this is displayed clearly during setup, it's also a little different to usual, coming at the very end of the process. So pay attention during installation, and don't just click "Finish" on the final screen: read the prompts and clear the relevant checkboxes if appropriate.

With that out of the way, though, Toolbar Cleaner proves very straightforward. Just launching the program displays your various browser toolbars, BHOs, extensions and more, all conveniently listed on the same screen.

If you see something you don't need, select the checkbox to its left (or click "Select All" to choose everything). And then clicking the "Remove" button will remove whatever you've chosen.

It's worth keeping in mind that the program isn't removing the toolbar executable files themselves, just their references within your browser. So they won't be loaded when you restart Internet Explorer, say, but they're still on your hard drive.

And Toolbar Cleaner effectively acknowledges this by offering to launch Control Panel to fully remove the programs themselves. Which is a smart move, but of course means you could also do precisely the same thing without having to install Toolbar Cleaner at all.

Still, the program is a simple way to at least review your current browser addons. It's also very lightweight (the entire Toolbar Cleaner installation is under 1MB). And as a bonus, the program also lists the contents of your Windows Startup folder, and allows you to remove any unwanted applications in just a few clicks.


A simple and effective tool for viewing your browser extensions, and removing any you don't need