Safe Steps to Remove Connect Toolbar
As you can see in the above image, if you found your browser was somehow planted with Connect Toolbar, and you are still trying to get rid of it, you have come to the right place here—-for getting safe and professional instructions.
Many users don’t pay enough attention to the installation statement of the freewares they download, which are always asking them to install another one or more program, or change their default homepage. And that’s how this plug-in gets onto their computers.
It will continuously display advertisements, coupons, and sponsored links in your search results, and search terms may be collected from your search queries at the meantime. These are malicious traits the plug-in is doing to your PC, while the truth is it’s technically not a virus at all.
Users are suggested to remove it as soon as possible, not only because it invades your hard drive, but also because it pries into your privacy. To learn how to uninstall Connect Toolbar, spend a little more time here, and you will find much more useful informations.
Manual Guides to Remove Connect Toolbar
1. Remove the plug-in from Control Panel
The plug-in may include several programs, such as Connect Toolbar Chrome Extension, Connect Toolbar Firefox Toolbar, Connect Toolbar Internet Explorer Toolbar, etc. They are all those you need to delete from your computer. Steps are as follows:
(1) How to access Control Panel?
Windows 8 user: two choices: (i) hover your mouse pointer at the lower right corner → Select “Search” → type in “control panel” → press “Enter” key → click on “Uninstall a program” under the Programs section;
(ii) Double-click “This PC” on desktop → click on “Open Control Panel” → click “Uninstall a program” under the Programs section;
Windows 7 user: click the “Start” button at the lower left corner → select “Control Panel” → click on “Uninstall a program” under the Programs section;
(2) You can see all the programs being listed in “Add/uninstall a program” on the pop-up window.
Scroll through the list, if you find Connect Toolbar, or any of those above-mentioned programs in the list, it is definitely the target you need to hit;
Double-click it to activate its uninstaller program. After clicking a few “Next”s and a “finish” button, the plug-in shall be gone.
2. Uninstall Connect Toolbar from web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer).
In some cases, after you visit a website, the plug-in can be automatically added to your web browser without taking an installation package, which means you may not notice until the next time you open the browser.
If so, you will not able to track it in the program list of Control Panel. To correctly remove it, you need to manually restore your web browser’s setting (undo the unwanted changes).
I am hereby respectively giving specific methods for removing Connect Toolbar from three widely-used browsers.
Remove Connect Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox
(1) Open Firefox → click on (Firefox menu button) at the upper right corner
(2) Click (Help) → select “Troubleshooting Information”
(3) Click on “Reset Firefox…” button showed on the right.
(4) Firefox will close and be reset by itself, after which a window will show up, listing the details imported. You may click on the “Finish” button, and Firefox will open.
(1) Open Firefox → click (Firefox menu button) at the upper right corner → choose “Add-ons”;
(2) Click the “Extensions” tab → click on “Remove” button appeared in the item of Connect Toolbar;
(3) To reset the default search engine and homepage of Firefox from the toolbar’s website to its own default, download the SearchReset on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/searchreset/ → install it, and use it to restore the default homepage.
Remove Connect Toolbar from Google Chrome
(1) Open Google Chrome → click on (menu) at the upper right corner → select “Tools” → click “Extensions”;
(2) The “Extension” tab will be presented like a web page, click on icon to remove the plug-in;
(3) To set the default search engine of Google Chrome from Connect DLC 5 Customized Web Search to Google, click on (menu) at the upper right corner → select “Settings” → click “Manage search engines” in Search section → select Google, and click on “Make Default” button appeared → find Connect Toolbar in the list, and click on “X” button at the right side;
(4) To change the homepage of Google Chrome from search.conduit.com to its own default, click on (menu) → select “Settings” → click “Open the New Tab Page” under the “On Startup” section.
Last but not least: Remove Connect Toolbar from Internet Explorer
(1) Open Internet Explorer → click on the gear icon at the upper right corner → select “Internet options”;
(2) Click the “Advanced” tab in the box appeared → click on the “Reset” button;
(3) Select the “Delete personal settings” in the Reset Internet Explorer Setting box → click “Reset;”
(4) Wait until the resetting is finished → click “Close” in the confirmation dialogue box → click “OK;”
(5) Re-open Internet Explorer.
Easier Approach to Remove Connect Toolbar
- Download, install, and start Max Uninstaller;
- Choose Connect Toolbar icon, and click “Run Analysis” in Step 1;
- Select the item presented, click “Complete Uninstall”, and click “Next” on the pop-up window to proceed the uninstall;
- Remove it from relevant web browser with Max Uninstaller’s Plug-in Cleaner;
- When it tells you “Please wait while it initializes the uninstall process.”, click “Scan Leftovers”;
- Select the item displayed in Step 3, and click “Delete Leftovers”.
Users shall always beware of the freewares, e.g. PDF creators, download-managers, or video recording/streaming, they are going to download from unofficial websites. For earning profits, they will be bundled with other unknown softwares, most of which are PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). Once being added to your PC, it will be troublesome to get away with.
To completely remove Connect Toolbar, you can simply follow the above-mentioned regular guides, or hit the download button to try out this tool without taking any system risk for the cleaning job. We can say all the tools are developed to meet users’ needs, providing them with convenience as much as possible. Otherwise what do we even need them for?