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WhiteSmoke Toolbar – How to Delete Whitesmoke Toolbar

Published by Patrick Watts on October 21, 2013 on Uninstall Programs

How Do I Get WhiteSmoke Toolbar

Generally speaking, most PC users get whitesmoke toolbar without knowing when. They want to know how they get whitesmoke toolbar so that they can prevent such pushy program from installing automatically efficiently and avoid putting much time and energy into deleting whitesmoke toolbar. In most cases, whitesmoke toolbar commences its infiltration from Internet. It is good at exploiting vulnerability on web sites, installed programs and server. It would also employ drive-by downloads to start its evil conduct to generate interest for its spammer. Therefore, PC users pay extra prudence to recommended downloads and installs, and streaming videos online, especially on unreliable sources. It has been found that not a few programs will help install whitesmoke toolbar through recommended install method since the high ranking, which is obtained by hijacking PC users arbitrarily, can help the third party program gain more reputation. We cannot rule out the possibility that whitesmoke toolbar can be brought in by installed browser malware like search.conduit.com.

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It has been found a lot of times that whitesmoke toolbar appears with search.conduit.com. Sometimes whitesmoke toolbar appears before search.conduit.com’s installation, and sometimes the situation is vice versa.
 

Troublesome WhiteSmoke Toolbar

When whitesmoke toolbar gets in a machine, it starts to hijack each search queries, taking victims to undesirable web pages. What’s more, there are more in-text messages being underlined with hyperlink pointing to advertising sites. Besides, computer performance is evidently slowed down a lot together with page-loading speed. Every default programs are changed to its satisfaction, and its name displayed in the original web search box. Obviously that whitesmoke is unwelcome, however, it is quite hard to delete it. One victim reported that Avast Browser Cleanup tool flagged WhiteSmoke, but upon selecting the ‘remove’ option, error message popped up, telling “The configuration of your Google Chrome browser could not be updated.  Please close your browser and repeat the current operation.” Such error message will always hinder users from deleting whitesmoke toolbar. Even resetting browser will not block white smoke toolbar from making the computer run slowly. Apparently that changes have been made deep in the target machine, which cannot solved by security utilities efficiently. Therefore, we need to delete whitesmoke toolbar manually, which helps save time and energy. Should there be any requirement of help, you are welcome to get expert help from Qisupport Online Support.

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Instructions to Delete WhiteSmoke Toolbar

Step one – Delete whitesmoke toolbar from Control Panel.

Usually speaking, whitesmoke toolbar will appear in Control Panel where is supposed to be the first place to delete a program.

  1. Start Menu -> Control Panel. (If you run Windows 8, right-click on ‘Unpin from Start’ at the bottom-left corner of your desktop > choose ‘Control Panel’ from the pop-up menu.)
  2. Click on ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs area when Control Panel window appears.
  3. Look for ‘WhiteSmoke Toolbar’ -> click on Uninstall/Change.
  4. Follow the uninstall wizards to finish the uninstall process.

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Step two – Manage startup item, moving one more step towards successful deletion of whitesmoke toolbar.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Start Menu -> Select ‘Run’ -> type ‘MSCONFIG’ -> System Configuration Pops up.
  2. Manage start up items under Startup tab.

Windows 8

  1. Type ‘Task’ or ‘Task Manager’ on Start screen -> select Task Manager..
  2. Under Startup tab, find whitesmoke toolbar’s startup item and disable it.

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Step three – Show hidden files to find out those hidden items by whitesmoke toolbar in system32 folder under C Disk.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Open ‘Control Panel’ from Start menu -> search for ‘Folder Options’.
  2. Under View tab, tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ -> click ‘OK’.

Windows 8

  1. Open Windows Explorer by opening My Computer or any folder.
  2. Select View tab on Windows Explorer window, you will get numbers of options.
  3. Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.

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Step four – Manually change browser settings to find out and delete each item associated with whitesmoke toolbar.

Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu -> manage Add-ons -> modification should be made under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.
  2. Go to ‘Toolbars’ and uninstall toggle toolbar there.

Google Chrome

Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon -> select ‘Settings’ -> manage ‘Extension’ -> ‘manage search engine’  if your default homepage is modified by search.conduit.com.

Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Tools -> ‘Manage Add-ons’.
  2. Find and click on something useless including whitesmoke toolbar in ‘Toolbars and Extensions’, ‘Search Providers’ respectively -> click ‘Disable’/ ‘Remove’ to delete whitesmoke toolbar.

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Step five – Remove related registry entries related to whitesmoke toolbar so as to get rid of it thoroughly.

Windows 8

Move your mouse over lower right screen -> charms bar appears -> click Search charm -> type ‘regedit’/‘regedit.exe’ -> hit Enter key ->

If you use IE:

navigate to Explorer Bars, Extensions and Toolbar respectively under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.

If you use Google Chrome:

  1. navigate to Clients, ClientState and ClientStateMedium respectively under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.
  2. navigate to ClientState under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.
  3. navigate to Common under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\ to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. navigate to Extensions under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Mozilla\ Firefox to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.
  2. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\MozillaPlugins to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.
  3. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins to find and select items related to whitesmoke toolbar > right click on selected item to delete it.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
Start menu -> launch Search/Run box -> type ‘regedit’ -> hit Enter key -> follow the same process as shown above.

 

Note:

It is worth the mentioning that search.conduit.com and the like malware will help whitesmoke to come back again. It is important to make sure that every vicious items are cleansed out of the computer so that whitesmoke toolbar will not re-emerge. As seldom security utilities are able to flag whitesmoke virus, not to mention delete it, it is recommended to delete whitesmoke toolbar with manual method so that we can avert additional troubles before it introduces in other virus. If you experience any unexpected problem in deleting whitesmoke toolbar in the middle of the process, something evil must have been done to further compromise the computer. Hence, your situation differs from that when we tested whitesmoke toolbar on our virtual machine. But one-on-one assistance will help you out according to your concrete situation quickly.

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