Remove and From Chrome, Firefox and IE

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

Did you just see in the status bar of your browser and ponder where it came from? Or did show up while you search for something on one of the big search engines, such as the search engine?

Here is how the statusbar message looked like on my computer: statusbar

And here’s in the status bar: status bar

Both of these appeared in Firefox while I was searching at Google.

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

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

Does this sound like what you are seeing, you almost certainly have some potentially unwanted program installed on your computer that makes the domain appear in your web browser. So there’s no idea contacting the owner of the website you currently were browsing. The status bar messages are not coming from them. 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 intentionally installed some potentially unwanted programs on them. I have been tracking the behaviour on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program auto-updates, or if it downloads additional potentially unwanted programs on the machines. I first spotted the in Mozilla Firefox’s statusbar on one of these lab machines. resolves to the address and to I’ve also spotted the subdomain in use.

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

The problem with status bar messages like this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program running on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

So, what can be done to solve the problem? To remove you need to review your system for potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:

  1. What software do you have installed if you look in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel? Something that you don’t remember installing yourself or that was recently installed?
  2. How about your add-ons you have in your web browsers. Anything in the list that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that does not help, I’d recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I’m working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as web browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will 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!