If you are new to town you could use an app which has all the hottest places listed. Citysearch Toolbar seems to be that kind of browser plug-in, but just one look at its developer makes us seriously question the security of this application. Citysearch Toolbar is created by Mindspark and it is part of a huge group of browser extensions that are considered potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, if it was not your intention to have Citysearch Toolbar on your browser, it would be for the best to remove Citysearch Toolbar right now.
All Mindspark browser plug-ins may seem very different on the outside, but when it comes to their core – all of them are very similar. Therefore, Citysearch Toolbar functions just like KnowTheBible Tooblar, ButterflyField Toolbar, OnlineMapFinder Toolbar and many other add-ons from the same group. Their main feature is that if users are not attentive during the installation, their default browser settings are modified and home.tb.ask.com is set as their default homepage.
If Citysearch Toolbar did not inform about this modification, we could consider the application a browser hijacker. However, during the installation you are given an opportunity to opt out, and if you fail to uncheck certain option boxes, then Ask.com comes in as your default homepage and default search engine.
Citysearch Toolbar itself can be downloaded at free.citygrid.com. All of the Mindspark applications have their own homepages that have working direct download links. Nevertheless, the application for Google Chrome is available and Chrome app shop. We should also consider the possibility of Citysearch Toolbar being distributed bundled with freeware. It is very common among browser plug-ins and if you do not remember having downloaded Citysearch Toolbar directly, but he toolbar is there on your browser, then is very likely that the application has arrived with other programs.
The application is supposed to provide you with trusted reviews on various local places, recommendations for best dining or bars, best salons and spas, best hotels and clubs, best shop and services, and even the custom web search. We do not doubt that Citysearch Toolbar may provide you with these services, but you have to keep in mind that this application collects all the information you enter into its search box and later on it may end up displaying a lot of commercial content that is not exactly safe.
Consequently, if you care about your computer security, you will uninstall Citysearch Toolbar from the system and then scan the computer for other potentially unwanted applications. What is more, to be absolutely sure that your computer is not exposed to dangerous threats, you should invest in a powerful computer security application.
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