Tango Toolbar is an adware program, which, ironically, presents itself as a helpful browser toolbar.
The Tango Toolbar offers an online search and pop-up blocker, but these functions are just a cover up in the guise of which this toolbar adware program secretly performs sinister functions.
Make no mistake, Tango Toolbar is a malware that spies on your internet activities and continuously displays pop-up ads on your screen. It goes without saying that you should remove this malware as soon as you find it running on your computer.
In this article, we cover the following topics:
- How Tango Toolbar gets installed on a computer
- The common characteristics of Tango Toolbar
- How to remove Tango Toolbar
How Tango Toolbar Gets Installed on a Computer
In most cases, Tango Toolbar stealthily enters a computer through the following ways:
Freeware – A lot of freeware programs are known to be laced with malware programs. When you download a freeware to which Tango Toolbar is attached, then this malware gets automatically installed on your computer along with the freeware.
Downloaded files from Peer-to-Peer applications – Another way this malware may have secretly entered your computer is through any of the downloaded files.
Dubious Websites – Websites with dubious content are known to push Tango Toolbar and other malware programs. Tango Toolbar may have entered your computer through a dubious website.
Common Characteristics of Tango Toolbar
Below are some of the common characteristics of Tango Toolbar:
- Displays annoying pop-up ads on your screen even when you are not connected to the Internet.
- Changes your default homepage.
- Adds new shortcuts to your desktop.
- Slows down your computer.
How to Remove Tango Toolbar
Normally, you can uninstall toolbar from a Windows computer using Add or Remove Programs utility, but Tango Toolbar does not let you uninstall it via Add or Remove Programs. You can completely remove this program either manually or by using a reliable computer security program.
Remove Tango Toolbar Using a Security Tool
The best way to remove Tango Toolbar is to run a complete virus scan on your computer using a reliable antivirus tool, such as StopZilla. StopZilla scans your computer and promptly removes all the traces of Tango Toolbar and other malware programs from your computer.
Remove Tango Toolbar Manually
Though not a recommended approach, you can also remove Tango Toolbar manually.
To remove Tango Toolbar manually, you need to complete the following tasks:
Task 1 – Terminate Tango Toolbar Processes
Open the Windows Task Manager window and terminate the following processes:
Task 2 – Delete Tango Toolbar Files
Locate and delete the following files:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data\Gabpath\Gabpath.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\jnipmo.exe
Task 3 – Delete Tango Toolbar Registry Entries
Important: Before editing the registry, it is always recommended that you back up the registry first. You can make a registry backup either manually or use an advanced registry maintenance software, such as RegGenie, for this purpose.
Log on to your computer with administrative rights and run the regedit command to open the Registry Editor window. Next, locate and delete the following registry entries:
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2333105494-1048492065-1185645942-1006\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Run "GabPath"
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2333105494-1048492065-1185645942-1006\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Run "SfKg6wIPuSp"