How to Remove ReferenceBoss Toolbar and Ask Home Page from Web Browser?

ReferenceBoss installed and Homepage is changed and redirected to without your consent? Tried to remove the redirect but it always got back? This post will introduce how to remove homepage redirect from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. Please read more.

About ReferenceBoss:

ReferenceBoss is a toolbar which is developed and issued by Mindspark to lets you enjoy helpful resources including a language translator and online encyclopedias and dictionaries! It will be a good extension if it performs the function as it announced, but actually, with the installation of the ReferenceBoss toolbar, your homepage will be changed and redirected to and your web browser will respond extremely slowly.
ReferenceBoss toolbar and redirect:

ReferenceBoss toolbar and ask home page
ReferenceBoss toolbar or redirect is classified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) that categorized as browser hijacker. It is mainly distributed to spread advertisements when you use the default homepage to search items. To do that, it needs to collect your personal information, such as the IP address, search habit, and more information for ads-distributing purpose. acts very annoying and becomes stubborn to be removed. It not only hijacks your homepage of your web browser, but it also makes your new tab page being redirected to What’s worse, most antivirus program can not detect it and repair it, so you are highly encouraged to repair the redirect homepage problem with manual instruction below.


How to Remove ReferenceBoss Toolbar and Homepage?


step 1

Remove ReferenceBoss toolbar from Internet Explorer

1. Uninstall ReferenceBoss toolbar from your Windows control panel.
• For Windows 8, open the Start screen, type Uninstall and then go to Settings. In the search results, go to Uninstall a program.
• For Windows 7 and Vista, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel then Programs and then Uninstall a Program
• For Windows XP, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel then Add or Remove Programs.

Uninstall a program

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In the Uninstall a program or Add or Removal Program page, please search the potentially unwanted program ReferenceBoss, select it, and then click to remove.
uninstall ReferenceBoss toolbar from IE

2. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools >> Manage Add-ons.

manage add-ons


Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Bing, Google or Yahoo search engine and make it your default search provider (set as default). Then select Ask web search and click Remove button to uninstall it (lower right corner of the window).

remove ask web search

3. Go to Tools → Internet Options. Select General tab and click Use default button or enter your own website, e.g. instead of Click OK to save the changes.

remove homepage from IE


step 2

Remove ReferenceBoss and from Chrome


1. Open Google Chrome web browser, click on the wrench icon and click on Tools, select Extension from the menu. Find ReferenceBoss toolbar, and click on the trash can icon to remove it.

remove ReferenceBoss toolbar from chrome

2.Go to Google Chrome Settings, in the “On Startup” area, please click on Set pages.

You will be forwarded to Startup pages, in this page, please click on the X button to delete

step 3

Remove ReferenceBoss and from Firefox


1. Go to Tools → Add-ons. Select Extensions. Choose ReferenceBoss toolbar Click on Disable or Remove button to remove it.

remove ReferenceBoss toolbar from Firefox

2. Go to Tools > Options, Under the General tab reset the startup homepage to or as blank page.

remove ask home page in firefox

3. Reset default search. To do that, please click the icon on the left part of the search box, select Manage Search Engines.
manage search engine

Select Ask Web Search and click on Remove
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4. Type about:config into the address bar> Press Enter;

Accept the Warning message by click “I’ll be careful, I promise!” to continue.

Search for ReferenceBoss in the search bar >Right click on each item and select Reset> Hit OK to apply the change.
reset changed items in firefox



Alternatively, repair ReferenceBoss Toolbar and Homepage Automatically

The Anvi Browser Repair Tool can repair your browser problem easily and quickly with one-click solution. It can apply to the most common web browsers that include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. To remove the malicious toolbar or extension which may cause the ReferenceBoss toolbar problem, please download the Anvi Browser Repair Tool.


After complete the download, please install it and run; click on the Repair button which will scan and remove the unwanted malicious toolbar from your web browser.


step 3

Run Anti-malware scan to eliminate malicious file that are resident on your computer.


Anvi Smart Defender v2.4 is brand-new and powerful to remove various and most latest threats. You are highly recommended to download and install the latest version of the program to kill possible virus infection and protect your PC from being infected with other virus.


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After you download and install the program, please open it, click on the Scan module, and then select one of the scan types you preferring and then start the scan to eliminate the ReferenceBoss Toolbar and redirect infection file.

Anvi Smart Defender v2.4


Perform quick scan with Anvi Smart Defender v2.4


Once the scan complete, you will be displayed the scan result, please make sure to click “Apply” button to completely delete the malicious files from your computer.

BetterCareerSearch toolbar detected

Now, your computer should be clean from the ReferenceBoss Toolbar and homepage. Should you have any problem with processing the removal guide, please leave a reply below. We will try our best to help you with your issue.


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