Remove from Firefox, Chrome and IE

This page shows how to remove from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Does this sound like what you are seeing right now? You see in your browser’s status bar while browsing sites that mostly don’t load any content from third party domains. Maybe the domain appear when performing a search at the Google search engine?

Here’s a screen dump of when it showed up on my computer: statusbar

(Sorry for the large watermark. If I don’t add them, the screenshot will be used without attribution at some other blogs)

Here are some of the status bar messages you may see in your browser’s status bar:

  • Waiting for…
  • Transferring data from…
  • Looking up…
  • Read
  • Connected to…

Does this sound like your machine, you presumably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine that makes the domain appear in your browser. Contacting the owner of the site you were browsing would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the status bar messages. I’ll do my best to help you with the removal in this blog post.

For those that are new to the blog: A little while back I dedicated some of my lab computers and deliberately installed a few potentially unwanted programs on them. Since then I’ve been observing the actions on these computers to see what kinds of ads, if any, that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program auto-updates, or if it installs additional software on the machines. I first found in Mozilla Firefox’s status bar on one of these lab machines. resolves to was registered on 2006-12-29. and is also located at the same IP address.

So, how do you remove from your browser? On the machine where showed up in the status bar I had YouTubeAdBlocke, SalePlus and IStart 5.3.7 installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the browser from loading data from

The domain is attracting quite a lot of traffic, just check out the Alexa traffic rank: traffic

The problem with status bar messages like the one described in this blog post is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

Anyway, here’s my suggestion for the removal:

  1. Check what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see anything that you don’t remember installing or that was recently installed?
  2. How about your browser add-ons. Anything in the list that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that didn’t solve the problem, you can give FreeFixer a try. FreeFixer is built to assist users when manually tracking down potentially unwanted programs. It is a freeware utility that I’ve been working since 2006 and it scans your machine at lots of locations where unwanted software is known to hook into your machine. If you would like to get additional details about a file in FreeFixer’s scan result, you can just click the More Info link for that file and a web page with a VirusTotal report will open up, which can be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example
    An example of FreeFixer’s “More Info” links. Click for full size.

Did you find any potentially unwanted program on your machine? Did that stop Please post the name of the potentially unwanted program you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!