Something has changed on my Windows computer. All of a sudden, I have toolbars I’ve never seen in the browser, and the start page of my browser has changed to some weird page. How did this happen, and how do I fix it?
You have unfortunately been bitten by some sort of malware. There's all sorts of things out there and they can install themselves either by installing an application where you don't read the information clearly or by some malicious application just putting stuff on your computer. There are even websites that have flyby installs just by going to the Web site your computer installs stuff.
It's actually called crapware but whatever you want to call it on to your computer, there are a lot of ways to get rid of this stuff on your computer but we found that searching the web for information on removing crapware often leads you to pages that themselves added malware to your computer. It's actually quite difficult finding the information without getting bogged down in other crap.
We have found an application that works pretty well and it's called AdWCleaner A D W cleaner. You can search for it on the web and find it will put a link to it on our website as well. Once you run this application. It should find the malware and help you remove it. Some malware is more difficult to remove than others but for most toolbars and start page exploits this tool does the job ADWcleaner seems to handle the problem for us.
You should note that this feature works for most of the stock apps but not for all of them. We tried removing the health application. It doesn't want to go away and you won't see a little X in its upper left hand corner.