White Smoke Toolbar
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
White Smoke Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com?
White Smoke Toolbar is a browser add-on, which enables easy access to translation and grammar check applications for Internet users. This toolbar also utilizes shortcuts to social networks and other sites such as YouTube, online radio, etc. Whilst many Internet users may find this toolbar useful, it is powered by conduit, thus making it an unwanted application. Having this browser add-on installed on your computer can lead to installation of unwanted third party software, toolbars, or malware. When installed, this toolbar changes your Internet browser homepage and default search engine to search.conduit.com Furthermore, when uninstalled, it leaves the default values unchanged, so that after removal, this toolbar requires several further manual steps to eliminate redirects to search.conduit.com
This toolbar can be downloaded from its homepage or may come bundled with free downloadable software. White Smoke Toolbar is not technically malware or a computer virus, however, having it installed on your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox) may lead to serious privacy and computer security issues.
White Smoke Toolbar sets your Internet browser homepage to search.conduit.com, and when using the presented search bar, you should express caution when clicking the sponsored results shown by this website - whilst the organic results are legitimate, the sponsored ones are often unrelated to the search queries and crowded with dubious toolbars or other unwanted software. Furthermore, this toolbar - apart from its legitimate shortcuts to social networks, etc. - has shortcuts to some deceptive websites. For example, you may be redirected to a website stating that you have won an iPhone 5 and you are required to enter your phone number to claim your prize (in fact, if you enter your phone number, you will subscribe to some expensive mobile services). In summary, the White Smoke Toolbar has some great features, but the risks of having it installed on your computer outweigh the benefits. To remove this browser add-on from your PC, use the removal guide provided.
WhiteSmoke Toolbar (search.conduit.com redirect) removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "WhiteSmoke New Toolbar", "Search Protect by conduit" and "Software Version Updater" select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "WhiteSmoke New Toolbar", "Search Protect by conduit" and "Software Version Updater" select these entries and click Remove.
Important! Note that you should not skip the step of removing "Search Protect by conduit". If you do not remove this entry, you will not be able to change your Internet browser homepage or default search engine.
After uninstalling White Smoke Toolbar scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
White Smoke Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove White Smoke Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for White Smoke Toolbar related entries (WhiteSmoke Bar Toolbar, WhiteSmoke Bar API Server) and disable them. To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) 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.
Remove White Smoke Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "WhiteSmoke Bar", select it and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "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.
Remove White Smoke Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "WhiteSmoke Bar". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
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 White Smoke Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of White Smoke 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:
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 White Smoke Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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