What is PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar

PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar is another fishy browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer from MindSpark Interactive Network. As any other add-on from this developer, PoliticalNewsCenter provides somewhat useful features in a narrow field (in this case political news, obviously), but in exchange in gets access to private browser data and settings. So, toolbar has quick access links to some popular news resources, posts some news on the main page. But the most vile thing is in the inside – it modifies browser search engine and homepage to third-party search.myway.com, or other unknown search with sponsored results. Frequently, after the removal of PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar those settings remain unchanged. You should also know, that such programs typically track and store IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and can use the data for advertising purposes. Follow guidelines below to remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar and restore browser settings.

PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar

How PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar infected your PC

PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar, as well as other MindSpark Toolbars, is distributed in low quality advertising networks using special landing pages. Usually, malware is usually promoted and installed when users search for news widgets, political news. If users download anything from untrusted sources or accept offers inside the installers PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar will set up in all browsers. To prevent threats like this use proven solutions against hijackers and toolbars like SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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To remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Note: PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:

    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Control Panel

To start removing PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar and click Uninstall.

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar, click Uninstall.

Remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar

In some cases PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove “PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar”

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like PoliticalNewsCenter Toolbar.

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