Remove Whitesmoke virus
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Whitesmoke virus | Type: Browser Hijackers

Whitesmoke virus has been annoying PC users all around the world. In reality, it 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". However,  next to its capability to return high quality translations, it has also been reported to install trojan on victim's computer and cause annoying redirections to unwanted websites. That's not the only unwanted activity of this seemingly innocuous software - after installing Whitesmoke translator, you may also find Whitesmoke toolbar installed on your PC without any permission asked. As you can see, this program may initiate unwanted activity on your computer and we do not recommend leaving it on your computer.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH WHITESMOKE VIRUS?

There are many legitimate websites that promote Whitesmoke translator. However, most of them don't realize that they also promote Whitesmoke virus together with this freeware. Once inside and active, it starts showing various icons that are named as “Improve Your PC” or similarly. After being clicked, they redirect users to dubious websites having been found to promote other unwanted applications. Besides, Whitesmoke virus replaces user's default start page to whitesmokestart.com on the IE and start changing search results and causing various pop up advertisements. That's why many security experts have started to list this software as 'Potentially Unwanted' one. 

HOW CAN I REMOVE WHITESMOKE VIRUS?

In order to uninstall Whitesmoke toolbar, you can use these manual steps: 

For Intenet Explorer go Tools → Internet Options → Programs → Extensions. 
For Mozilla Firefox go to Firefox → Add-ons menu.

However, we also recommend running a full system scan with reputable anti-malware programs to remove Whitesmoke virus from your computer. Use updated version of SpyHunterSTOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware to forget about this threat for good.

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Geolocation of Whitesmoke virus

This map reveals the prevalence of Whitesmoke virus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

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The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Whitesmoke virus are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Whitesmoke virus right in your pocket.
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Information added: 2013-09-24 06:53
Information updated: 2013-09-24 06:53

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Users comments about Whitesmoke virus:

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Alice
I got mine from (i dont have it anymore) but it lets you download files without of filling in the survey. It pops up on chrome, and even after i uninstall it it appears again. It also appears after i restart my computer or just turn it on. I also think it bothers the windows 8 version of Chrome to work properly. When i go to settings, they dont see whitesmoke, also the malware anti virus doesnt see any problems with my computer.
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Joe
5/18/14..My Webroot Secure Anywhere antivirus software just notified me that I had some malware on my machine - it was Whitesmoke.
Webroot removed 5 instances of it on my computer.
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bruce
I got it from downloading adobe acrobat. I was trying to delete the "safesearch" toolbar that was forcibly installed with Acrobat when I found "software updater" and this whiteSmoke garbage also stuck to my computer and will not be removed.
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John
I got it from tucows downloader. I am no longer using any of their services as they delivered this crap through their d/l manager.
Shame they became disreputable in my books
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Tom
The whitesmoke "legitimate software" may be a helpful tool to some but the virus that goes by the same name is horrible. It not only is causing redirects but is also blocking ability to remove other toolbars. This is very frustrating and I am having a tough time getting rid of it. This was not something I ever downloaded or agreed to and I am very astute when it comes to downloads.
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Jack
Im walking a friend through removing white smoke malware from her PC. Its causing ad pop-ups and slowing her PC. She has never intentionally installed any piece of legitimate WhiteSmoke software, translation or otherwise. Is the malware related to the company in any way? I dont know. But the programs share a name, and white smoke is most definitely a hard to eradicate virus.
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AriaL81
Hi
I am using WhiteSmoke software for years, I have checked with their support departement and it appears that WhiteSmoke "toolbar" is not a Virus. Its a toolbar.

If you dont want the toolbar you dont need to do what suggested here, just go to toolbar.whitesmoke.com webpage, it has guide + picture that helps remove it with ease.

Please dont mislead people to think "WhiteSmoke" is a virus, as I said I am using it for years and enjoying it so far ;).
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matt
appears the whitesmoke search engine virus is extreamly dangerous, i installed whitesmoke by accident on my computer, the toolbar and search website came up, now my laptop also has the whitesmoke search site as well. so affects browser settings.
Note: remove the program from your computer, and there may be several other programs too

To remove the whitesmoke from chrome:
- go to settings, extensions, disable whitesmoke, then remove
- then under settings, click on start up , open spacific pages click set pages, and remove whitesmoke search address,
- then under settings, click under search on the manage search engines, and remove the whitesmoke search address
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