I have a toolbar mp3tube that has taken over my searches. It seems to be part of yahoo but I have deleted all and it still comes back. It is making it impossible to use firefox for browsing.
i downloaded and installed xvid to watch online movies which installed unwanted programs and the mp3tube toolbar that wouldn't uninstall..
i removed it with a system restore to which i restored setting to the previous day
(I posted this elsewhere, but I'm sure nobody minds if I spread the answer around!)
I found the easiest way to fix this! Okay...I first tried going into my Add-On settings, and the only thing it would allow me to do is Disable the toolbar. Not good for me, because the stupid Yahoo! search bar for Mp3Tube was still stuck at the top where my Google one used to be.
Here's how you get rid of it off your computer, even if it sticks around after an uninstall:
1.Open My Computer. 2. At the top-right of the My Computer window, click the Search bar that says 'Search Computer'. 3. Type in 'Mp3Tube' and after a minute it should find a few files and folders (for me there were 5 results). 4. Select them all and press Delete on your keyboard (Right-click > Delete doesn't work, it doesn't show up like normal.) 5. Empty your Recycle Bin and rejoice. :)
This takes out all the files from Firefox and even from your Registry, so it should NEVER bother you again, unless someone stupid uses your computer (like in my case!)
System Restore is a good idea, but it's more of a 'last-ditch effort' kind of thing, and can cause problems with other programs downloaded recently.
I tried the 'Search' suggestion and NO files were found. I was stuck with the MP3tube toolbar which is a royal pain in the *ss. This malware leads to some very BAD sites i.e. adult & child porn, scams and other nasties ( thankfully, for me all were flagged by Norton 360 which left nothing to open.).
Finally I figured out the way to do this is 1) Open Control Panel. 2) Open Internet Options 3) Click on the 'General' Tab' 4) Click on 'Search Providers' (about 1/2 way down the page. When it opens you'll see all the search engines listed. Click on "MP3 Tube player" to highlight then remove it (click 'Remove' tab at bottom of page.) You may have 2 or 3 of them listed, so check your whole List.
Check ALL the toolbars and decide which you want for your default toolbar, then arrange the others in whatever order you prefer.
That's all there is to stopping this pest.
FYI Yahoo says this toolbar is NOT part of Yahoo in any way. It's illegally using the Yahoo name to get past scanners and also so people will think its' an approved toolbar. [Yahoo ain't happy, either.
WARNING! My computer picked up the MP3 pest courtesy of one of the most vicious malwares to come out in years: the upgraded WindowsXPRecovery (also comes as Windows7Recovery). Once it gets onboard you CANNOT shut it off. The more you try, the worse it gets. This sucker almost turned my computer into a paperweight. (see the entry on this upgraded malware that is a solid gold threat to every computer everywhere!)
I'm heading back to Symantec to have them continue to search out the remnants of the WindowsXP Recovery Trojan/virus (which leaves pieces-parts scattered in almost every program you have & also to see if they can recover some very important files which are still missing.
It's a b*tch to get rid of to say the least. Symantec says this new nasty's been out for less than a month and they're still trying to figure a faster/easier way to protect from it.
Don't say you weren't told.
Thanks so much for the instructions! I took my computer to work and when i logged in at the office I found this little S#*t lurking in my toolbars.
There are a ton of these here, and I have found the solution!!
Like many others, I've tried things that don't work completely, but each one is a step closer. I had to remove the base files, extension, registry, FF pref and the program.
The program (in add/remove programs) is not listed as mp3tube, I'm sorry I don't remember what it was, but look for one starting with an i and having mp3tube within the name (not at the start).
Go to control panel -> internet options -> search (about 2/3 down front page) and remove any mp3tube references.
Delete program_files\mp3tube, <user>\music\mp3tube, and program_files\mozilla firefox\extensions\**mp3tubetoolbar.com folder** and search for any other references.
Search your registry for mp3tube, there should be an entire directory for it (within one of the software entries).
You will also need to remove the pref entries, so open the user folder (firefox button -> help -> troubleshooting information -> open containing folder). Open prefs.js and user.js.
prefs.js: There should be 3 entries for mp3tube next to each other (something like extensions.mp3tube).
user.js: Delete the line showing keyword.url with mp3tube.com
Now open firefox, go to about:config, find keyword.url, right click and click reset.
That should completely remove mp3tubetoolbar and stop it from resetting the default search.
I am fairly tech knowledgeable and I did everything that you said and completely (I thought) cleaned every instance of Mp3tube on my computer and it is still there. I looked on Proceses for Mp3tube.svc and don't find it. Search now shows no instance of it. Where can it be hiding??????? Mozilla should know, but I don't. Do you have a suggestion? And yes I uninstalled Firefox and reloaded it.
Mozilla SHOULD know, and should probably care somewhat by now. For two months people have been reporting it.