What is Whitesmoke?
Whitesmoke is a potentially unwanted program, which has been annoying PC users all around the world. In reality, it is not a virus but we still think that you should avoid it. Why are we so mean? No matter that this toolbar is closely related to Whitesmoke translator, which is presented as a translation software that “enables you to take any text from any text-based application, and automatically translate it into a destination language", it may also cause unwanted activities on your computer. When inside the system, Whitesmoke virus may initiate system changes and hijack each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. After doing so, it may get ability to block such search engines as Google, Yahoo or Bing. When using Whitesmoke for your search sessions, you may receive altered search results. That's why we don't recommend you that. Also, you may be interrupted by annoying pop-up ads that may redirect you to unknown, unsafe and very suspicious websites.
To sum up, this program may help you not only with high quality translations. It has also been reported for its annoying redirections to unwanted websites, tons of misleading pop-up ads and slow downs that are usually initiated on each of web browsers. That's why you should think whether it's worth installing Whitesmoke translator or not. If you have already discovered Whitesmoke toolbar installed on your PC without any permission asked, you should get rid of it ASAP. In this case, we recommend you usingSpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware that will help you to prevent unwanted activity on your computer and we do not recommend leaving it on your computer. If you are using Mac OS X, you should try Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus.
HOW CAN WHITESMOKE hijack my computer?
HOW CAN I REMOVE WHITESMOKE VIRUS?
In order to uninstall Whitesmoke toolbar, you can use these manual steps:
You can remove Whitesmoke automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
Manual Whitesmoke virus Removal Guide
Step 1: Uninstall Whitesmoke and related programsWindows Mac OS X ↷ Step 2
from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems
- Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems
- If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
- Here, look for Whitesmoke or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
- Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
from Mac OS X system
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Whitesmoke or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Step 2: from Windows shortcuts↷ Step 3
- Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
- Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.
Step 3: Uninstall Whitesmoke from each of your web browsersInternet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari ↷ Step 4
from Internet Explorer (IE)Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
- You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Whitesmoke and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
- Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
- Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
- Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
- Here, select Reset.
- When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Whitesmoke removal.
from Mozilla Firefox (FF)Remove dangerous extensions
- Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
- Here, select Whitesmoke and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
- Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
- Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
- Click OK to save these changes.
- Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Whitesmoke removal.
from Google ChromeDelete malicious plugins
- Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
- Here, select Whitesmoke and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
- Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
- Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
- Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
- When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
- Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
- Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
- Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Whitesmoke removal.
from SafariRemove dangerous extensions
- Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
- Here, select Extentions and look for Whitesmoke or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
- Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
- Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Whitesmoke, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
- Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
- Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Whitesmoke removal process.
Step 4: Complete Whitesmoke virus removal
After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Whitesmoke registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
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