White Smoke Toolbar

Also Known As: WhiteSmoke Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

White Smoke Toolbar

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.

Quick menu:

WhiteSmoke Toolbar (search.conduit.com redirect) removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

WhiteSmoke Toolbar uninstall

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.


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White Smoke Toolbar removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

white smoke toolbar internet explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 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 the whitesmoke virus, 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 wish 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

white smoke toolbar google chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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 Google Chrome options 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the whitesmoke virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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 wish 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 malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

white smoke toolbar mozilla 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 "WhiteSmoke Bar".

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 opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with whitesmoke virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

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

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

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 wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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. 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.

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