GlobalToolboxSearch is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) belonging to the category of Adware. How can Adware be dangerous to your MAC? Adware is designed for the purpose of showing numerous pop up deals and/or annoying ads on the infected computer without the user’s consent. It is important, don’t click on these advertisements, as they can lead you to more harmful or misleading webpages. Adware software usually gets installed alongside free software, codecs and shareware.
The worst is, the GlobalToolboxSearch adware can install a component which enables its author to track which web-sites you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to select the type of ads they display you. So, if you had adware software on your computer, there is a good chance you have another that is gathering and sharing your personal information with third parties, without your knowledge.
|Name||GlobalToolboxSearch, Global Toolbox Search 1.0 app|
|Type||adware software, PUP (potentially unwanted program), popups, pop-up advertisements, pop up virus|
|Removal||GlobalToolboxSearch removal guide|
How does the GlobalToolboxSearch adware get on your MAC
Adware software usually is bundled within freeware and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your MAC system. This happens especially when you are installing a free applications. The program setup file tricks you into accepting the setup of bundled programs, that you do not really want. Moreover, some paid software can also install additional apps that you do not want! Therefore, always download freeware and paid software from reputable download web sites. Use ONLY custom or manual install method and never blindly press Next button.
In the few simple steps below, we will explain best possible solutions on how to remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware from your Mac and get rid of unwanted ads from your web-browser.
How to Remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware (removal instructions)
If you have consistent popups or undesired advertisements, slow Apple Mac, crashing Apple Mac problems, you are in need of adware software removal assistance. The step-by-step guidance below will guide you forward to get GlobalToolboxSearch removed and will allow you get your MAC OS operating at peak capacity again.
To remove GlobalToolboxSearch, complete the steps below:
- How to manually get rid of GlobalToolboxSearch
- Automatic Removal of GlobalToolboxSearch
- How to stop GlobalToolboxSearch
- To sum up
How to manually get rid of GlobalToolboxSearch
The most common adware can be removed manually, without the use of anti-virus or other removal utilities. The manual steps below will guide you through how to remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware step by step. Although each of the steps is very easy and does not require special knowledge, but you are not sure that you can complete them, then use the free utilities, a list of which is given below.
Uninstall PUPs through the Finder
Check out the Finder (Applications section) to see all installed apps. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to remove.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will display a list of all applications installed on your MAC OS. Scroll through the all list, and remove any questionable and unknown applications. Right click to dubious application and select “Move to Trash”. Another way is drag the application from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove GlobalToolboxSearch from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
If your Firefox web-browser is affected by GlobalToolboxSearch or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset. Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the GlobalToolboxSearch adware. Once, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware from Safari
The Safari reset is great if your browser is hijacked by GlobalToolboxSearch or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by an malicious software.
Run Safari web browser. Next, choose Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” icon. Here, choose “Block pop-up windows”. It will block some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” icon. Look for questionable extensions on left panel, choose it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all dubious extensions from Safari.
Once complete, check your startpage and search provider settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware software from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings can help you solve some problems caused by adware and remove GlobalToolboxSearch ads from internet browser. This will also disable harmful add-ons as well as clear cookies and site data. Your saved bookmarks, form auto-fill information and passwords won’t be cleared or changed.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Another solution to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box similar to the one below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it is complete, the web-browser’s settings including newtab page, startpage and search engine back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Automatic Removal of GlobalToolboxSearch
If you are unsure how to remove GlobalToolboxSearch adware easily, consider using automatic adware removal programs that listed below. It will identify the GlobalToolboxSearch adware and remove it from your Apple Mac for free.
Run MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to remove GlobalToolboxSearch
We advise using the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) which are completely clean your Apple Mac of the adware software. This free utility is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you delete the GlobalToolboxSearch ads from your internet browsers, potentially unwanted apps, malware, hijacker, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your MAC system for free.
- Installing the MalwareBytes is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware on your computer from the link below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware (Mac)
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
- When the download is done, please close all software and open windows on your MAC OS. Run the downloaded file. Follow the prompts.
- The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will start and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to detect the GlobalToolboxSearch adware. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the MalwareBytes Free application is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- When the system scan is done, MalwareBytes will display a scan report.
- Next, you need to press the “Remove Selected Items” button.
- Close the Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
How to stay safe online
We recommend to install an ad-blocking program which can block misleading and other unwanted web sites. The ad blocking tool like AdGuard is a application which basically removes advertising from the Internet and blocks access to malicious web pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocking software is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Web.
- Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Mac.
AdGuard for Mac download
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
- Once the downloading process is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop annoying ads, block malicious or misleading web sites.
To sum up
After completing the few simple steps shown above, your computer should be free from the GlobalToolboxSearch adware software and other malware. The Firefox, Chrome and Safari will no longer display the GlobalToolboxSearch ads. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help here.