Brothersoft toolbar

Also Known As: Search.brothersoft.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

How to remove Brothersoft extreme toolbar from your computer?

What is Brothersoft?

Brothersoft toolbar is a browser add-on, which is designed to enhance computer users' Internet browsing experience by adding various shortcuts to the top of the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers. This toolbar can be downloaded from software distribution websites or is bundled with certain free software downloads. Whilst browser add-ons can be useful, Brothersoft extreme toolbar is categorized as an unwanted application, since the toolbar has deceptive default installation settings.

By default, this toolbar changes your homepage to search.conduit.com and displays misleading advertisements within its components. Furthermore, you will be unable to eliminate this add-on by simply uninstalling it from your computer's Control Panel. The search engine presented in your new homepage is powered by Google and is a modified variant, which displays sponsored results that are often unrelated to your search term. This is one of the deceptive ways in which Brothersoft toolbar monetizes incoming traffic. Many PC users complain that they have installed Brothersoft toolbar unwillingly when installing free downloadable software. To avoid such incidents, always study program installation windows carefully, since free software is commonly bundled with various toolbars. If you are not cautious, you could inadvertently install Brothersoft toolbar or other unwanted toolbars on your system.

brothersoft toolbar

Brothersoft toolbar is not spyware or a virus, but if you feel that you have installed it accidentally and do not require it within your Internet browsers, follow this step-by-step removal guide. Note that uninstalling this toolbar from your Control Panel will not eliminate this add-on from your browsers. To remove it and reset your homepage, follow the removal instructions provided.

Quick menu:

Brothersoft toolbar removal:


Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

brothersoft toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrotherSoft Extreme Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Brothersoft Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended malware removal software.

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Brothersoft Toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Uninstalling Brothersoft Toolbar is not adequate; remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.

Internet Explorer logoRemove Brothersoft Toolbar from Internet Explorer:

Change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain - Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Brothersoft, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Brothersoft Toolbar from Google Chrome:

brothersoft toolbar google chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "BrotherSoft Extreme", select it and click on the trash can icon.

To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.conduit.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Brothersoft you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Brothersoft Toolbar from FireFox:

brothersoft toolbat firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "BrotherSoft Extreme Community Toolbar".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the open window, remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Brothersoft, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Manual Brothersoft Toolbar removal:

If you are unable to remove Brothersoft Toolbar using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)

Remove these Brothersoft Toolbar registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{032ED833-9B2A-415B-B460-450D6EE3B7C6}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3c471948-f874-49f5-b338-4f214a2ee0b1}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{51A86BB3-6602-4C85-92A5-130EE4864F13}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{51a86bb3-6602-4c85-92a5-130ee4864f13}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{AE880B5A-36F2-4A88-9DD3-E1468DE6FBF0}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{AEE88B81-C2FB-4733-A826-88CB0A67FB61}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{afdbddaa-5d3f-42ee-b79c-185a7020515b}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BrotherSoft_Extreme
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BrotherSoft_Extreme
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Conduit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Conduit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Conduit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{51a86bb3-6602-4c85-92a5-130ee4864f13}

Delete these Brothersoft Toolbar files:

%LocalAppData%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\ldrtbBrot.dll
%LocalAppData%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\tbBrot.dll
%LocalAppData%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\toolbar.cfg
%LocalSettings%\Temp\ct\CT.xpi
%LocalSettings%\Temp\ct\ffLogic.exe
%LocalSettings%\Temp\ct\ieLogic.exe
%LocalSettings%\Temp\ct\statisticsStub.exe
%LocalSettings%\Temp\ct\xpi\install.rdf
%LocalSettings%\Temp\stub.exe
%Personal%\Downloads\11CT2776682_BrotherSoft_Extreme.exe
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\BrotherSoft_ExtremeToolbarHelper.exe
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\GottenAppsContextMenu.xml
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\ldrtbBrot.dll
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\OtherAppsContextMenu.xml
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\prxtbBrot.dll
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\SharedAppsContextMenu.xml
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\tbBrot.dll
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\toolbar.cfg
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\ToolbarContextMenu.xml
%ProgramFiles%\BrotherSoft_Extreme\uninstall.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Conduit\Community Alerts\Alert.dll

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Brothersoft toolbar distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Brothersoft toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Brothersoft toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Brothersoft toolbar or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Comments 

 
#3 MJ 2013-03-16 06:39
Thanks this was very helpfull
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#2 Dian 2013-01-07 16:49
used brothersoft serch.make my facebook canot be used good,because the top of my facebook hidding behind the brothersoft..so i want to uninstal it
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#1 Rob Simpson 2012-09-12 04:38
The appalling Brothersoft also took over my Chrome Home button, replacing it with SearchConduit. This can be restored via Chrome, Wrench, Settings, Appearance, Show Home button, Change.
Hope this helps someone.
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