For some of you whom might not be aware, mybrowserbar.com is installed together with pdfforge – the open source pdf creator.
I reformatted my PC recently, reinstall PDFCreator and had an unpleasant surprise as my browser is directing me to mybrowserbar.com which made me feel l was infected by malware.
To remove mybrowserbar from your browser is simple, go to your control panel, choose Programs and Features (in Vista) and click uninstall/remove PDFCreator. For Windows XP, select Add or Remove programs.
As the behavior of this software is very much malware like it causes an uproar among users who have been using the open source PDFcreator and was caught by surprise with this development.
The software redirects certain types of browser traffic to www.searchsettings.com, which is a linkbait/parking-type site.
The PDFCreator Toolbar is apparently implemented using “mybrowserbar”. As per their terms of service, they indicate:
f) modify your Microsoft Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox browser settings for the default search engine, address bar search, “DNS error” page, “404 error” page, and new tab page to facilitate more informative responses as determined by The Toolbar;
Would it be safe to continue using this software?
Well, a short answer is Yes. And the good news is you can install PDFcreator without mybrowserbar. Mybrowserbar is installed because we normally would just click next, next and next till the end during installation. So don’t assume it’s the normal yada yada and just click the next button right till the end. There are two places where you should pause and untick.
First untick, yahoo browser Add On
Second untick, default Custom installation, untick Browser Add On then click next to finish the installation.
This method work fine for me and it should for you, now can continue to enjoy using your PDFcreator.