Threat Database Potentially Unwanted Programs Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google


Numerous security programs are detecting the presence of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google on specific computers. Certain security programs use the Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google detection to indicate that a Potentially Unwanted Program is present on the affected computer. There are many types of PUPs, the most common of which are Web browser toolbars or extensions classified as adware. These components are named like this because they are usually used to display advertisements on affected Web browsers and profit from advertising revenue at the expense of computer users. Adware classified as Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google will often install toolbars and other types of unwanted components on affected computers. Their objectives will also seldom be clear, often worded confusingly in order to mislead computer users about their true intent. PUPs classified as Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google will claim that they can help computer users search the Web more efficiently, gain access to special coupons or shopping offers, or gain new functionality from their Web browsers, despite the fact that they are actually designed to profit from advertising by spamming computer users with large amounts of advertisements.

How Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google and Similar PUPs may be Installed on a Computer

The most common way in which Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google enters a computer is after installing free software on the affected PC. It is a common practice for marketers and software developers to bundle free software with PUPs such as Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google. There are certain programs that may be more susceptible to Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google PUPs than others. In general, video recording and streaming programs, media format converters, download managers, and PDF creation and management utilities are the among the most common types of programs to be bundled with Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google. It is common to use custom installers on various download websites to distribute Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google and similar PUPs. This is why computer users should follow the installation process carefully. It is very common for legitimate software (such as VLC player) that is usually distributed free of charge without the addition of PUPs to be bundled or repackaged using custom installers so that they will include Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google adware in the installation. Computer users that have installed software from several free download websites have a high likelihood of having contracted Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google unless they have specifically opted out of installing Web browser toolbars or extensions during the installation process.

Identifying Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google and Its Most Common Symptoms

Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google is an extension designed to deliver advertisements to the most common Web browsers on the market, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. As soon as Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google is installed, it will spam computer users by inserting numerous advertisements in the affected Web browser. Advertisements associated with Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google may include banner advertisements, pop-up windows, and in-text advertisements specifically added to websites viewed on the affected Web browser. There are other common symptoms of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google, including the following:

  • Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google may inject advertising material into Web pages that may not include this type of content.
  • Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google may turn random words on Web pages into links to content associated with Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.
  • Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google may cause pop-up windows to appear offering computer users updates for their software, which may result in additional PUPs.
  • Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google may be associated with other PUPs. A Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google problem may mean that more than one PUP has been installed (often accompanied by Trojans or even rootkits).

If your security program is accusing the presence of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google, you should remove these PUPs immediately since any value they provide may be outweighed by their security risks and irritating behaviors. Many security programs are incapable of detecting PUPs like Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google because they are calibrated for more harmful threats.


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