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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Connect Toolbar

Have you installed some kind of browser plugin and noticed that your homepage and search engine are different now? Unfortunately, you might have Connect Toolbar installed on your system. This software is published by Conduit Ltd. and it claims to be very useful as it promises to provide you with the freshest content, useful links on the web, and the most useful search engines. However, you should not trust this application as it might lead you to potential threats through various advertisements that it tends to display and search results which might be sponsored.

As you have already understood, you will not avoid various advertisements unless you delete Connect Toolbar from your system. You will see those advertisements every time you open your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari browsers. You should not click on those advertisements because you cannot be sure whether you will be redirected to reliable websites. If it happens that you end up in a website whose material is full of malicious software, you might attract those infections to your computer as well. The best solution for those who want to keep the system safe is to remove this program without further considerations as it can be treated as a useless piece of software.

What is more, it has been found out that Connect Toolbar can be downloaded from its official website which is connectdlc5.ourtoolbar.com, but it is also distributed through bundled downloads. As pcthreat.com specialists have revealed, this piece of software tends to come together with ValueApps, PriceGong, Stats Reader, XviD video codec, and a wide range of other programs that can be downloaded from download.com. Besides, Connect Toolbar might install Wajam together. In order to avoid similar programs in the future, you should always select advanced installation in order to be able to unmark all the unnecessary components. If you do not pay enough attention to the installation wizard, you might install many unfamiliar programs on your system.

It is also likely that Connect Toolbar is able to collect information related to your browsing habits. It claims that it is interested in the websites that you have visited and it might collect and store information about your search activities. In addition, such data as your IP address, your approximate geographic location, the type of your operating system, and the type of your browser is gathered as well. All this information is usually shared with the third parties in order to be able to improve services and provide you with more relevant advertisements. If you do not want to transfer this information to anyone, you need to delete Connect Toolbar and all of its components entirely from the computer.

There are two possible solutions for those who want to get rid of Connect Toolbar. You can remove it manually by using the manual removal instructions that we have provided for you or you can just simply acquire a reliable antimalware tool, for instance, SpyHunter and then scan your computer with it.

How to remove Connect Toolbar

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Add or Remove Programs and select the unwanted application.
  3. Click the Remove button to erase it.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click the Start menu and then move to Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program and right-click on the needless program.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8

  1. Access the Metro UI menu by pressing the Windows key.
  2. Start typing “Control Panel” and then select it.
  3. Go to Uninstall a Program and right-click on the Connect Toolbar.
  4. Click the Uninstall button to remove it entirely.

The same steps should be done if you want to remove Wajam, which is usually installed together with Connect Toolbar.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser and then press Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options and type in your new homepage address, press OK.
  3. Press Alt+T again and select Manage Add-ons.
  4. Under the heading Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Find the extension which is going to be deleted and click the Remove button.
  6. Select Search Providers on the same menu and select a new search engine.
  7. Click on the useless search engine and click the Remove button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and then select Extensions.
  3. Select the application and then click the Remove button.
  4. Go back to the start window of your browser.
  5. Click on the search provider icon at the upper-right corner of your browser.
  6. Select a new search engine from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click on the icon again and select Manage Search Engines…
  8. Select the unwelcome search provider and click the Remove button.
  9. Press Alt+T and then move to Options.
  10. Enter a new URL of your homepage and click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and press Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and then mark the third option Open a specific page or set of pages under the heading On startup.
  3. Select Set pages and add a new URL of your homepage, click OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines… under the heading Search.
  5. Select a new default search engine and click Make default.
  6. Delete the search engine associated with Connect Toolbar and click X.
  7. Select Extensions from the menu on the left.
  8. Click on the extension and then click the trash button.
  9. When the dialog box appears, select Remove.
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How to manually remove Connect Toolbar

Files associated with Connect Toolbar infection:

prxtbConn.dll
file.exe

Connect Toolbar DLL's to remove:

prxtbConn.dll

Connect Toolbar processes to kill:

file.exe
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