White Smoke Toolbar
Also Known As: WhiteSmoke Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
White Smoke Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com?
What is White Smoke Toolbar?
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.
- What is White Smoke Toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WhiteSmoke New Toolbar, Search Protect by conduit and Software Version Updater applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove White Smoke Toolbar redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove White Smoke Toolbar browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove White Smoke Toolbar homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "WhiteSmoke New Toolbar, Search Protect by conduit, Software Version Updater", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of White Smoke Toolbar, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove White Smoke Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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.
If you continue having problems with the removal of White Smoke Toolbar, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove White Smoke Toolbar from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "WhiteSmoke Bar".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of White Smoke Toolbar, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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.
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