I installed the MSN tool bar by mistake by not paying attention when I was installing an application that I downloaded. It was part of the install and I missed unchecking the box so it would not install. My browser really slowed down and I noticed my memory usage in task manager went way up because there was a new exe called mswinext.exe using a bunch of memory. I did some research and found out it was the MSN Toolbar. The good news is that it was not a virus, malware, or spyware and it is one of those easy things to remove and uninstall just like when you remove Flipopia. Don’t be fooled by some of those sites claiming it is a virus, sypware, or malware. They claim you need to download and install some software to fix your computer right away. They might even try and sell you the software. I am not saying that the MSN Toolbar is a bad thing and maybe if you are running a new computer with plenty of resources and a fast internet connection, you would even notice a problem. I am saying, if you are noticing slow downs and have internet speed issues, this could be the issue.
Remove MSN Toolbar by doing an Uninstall
- Open Control Panel
- Click on Add Remove Programs
- Select the MSN application listed and click the remove button. This will uninstall the MSN Toolbar.
- You can check Task Manager to see if the MSWINEXT.EXE file is still listed under the Processes tab and using memory.
- That is it. Both the MSN Toolbar application listed in the add remove programs page and the mswinext.exe listed under the processes tab should be gone.