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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Affinity Toolbar

If you have downloaded the Affinity Toolbar onto your browsers from, you may have been offered to change your home page and search provider settings as well. Have you accepted the so-called Trovi search? Then you must have been greeted by the start page. Some Windows security researchers categorize this search engine as a browser hijacker because in some cases it could be installed automatically when downloading other well-known toolbars developed by Conduit Ltd. Others may recognize the search engine as Affinity Adware because it displays third party banner advertisements. As you may know, adverts managed by third parties are not always reliable, which is why we recommend getting Affinity Toolbar removed.

Softtunes Search and Toolbar and Freshy Toolbar have been developed on the Conduit platform as well. Even though the toolbars are targeted at different computer users because they offer different easy-access links, it is clear that all of them have been designed to promote and the Customized Web Search. These search tools are affiliated to third parties, and so you should not be surprised to find advertisement supported search results presented to you. Just like the banner adverts, these sponsored search results are meant to lure you into visiting third party websites. This allows third parties to boost traffic and consequently helps the developers of the search engine to generate profit.

Even though our researchers have not discovered any third party software installed together with the Affinity Toolbar, you still need to be extra cautious during the installation of this program. When researching Conduit toolbars in the past, it has been discovered that such programs as TuneUp Utilities or FreeSmileys could be offered to you. We cannot state that all programs presented during the installation of the toolbar are malicious or unreliable; however, to keep the operating system secure you need to stay vigilant at all times.

If you wish to remove Affinity Adware, you need to delete the toolbar which is related to third party advertisers. In order to delete Affinity Toolbar from the system you need to check which browsers may have been affected by the unreliable Conduit search tools. If you follow the manual removal guides below, the undesirable software will be deleted from your operating system. However, if you are worried about the removal of potentially existing threats, other potentially undesirable programs, or if you wish to enable full-time Windows protection – there is one more step for you. Click the download button below to install a reliable, efficient security tool which will remove all running threats.

Delete Affinity Toolbar

Delete from Windows 8:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI menu and select All apps.
  2. Click Control Panel and then go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Now right-click the undesirable application and select Uninstall to remove it.

Delete from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Navigate to the left of the Task Bar and open the Start menu.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to remove and select Uninstall.

Delete from Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start icon on the left of the Task Bar.
  2. Select Control Panel and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Locate the unwanted application and Remove it.

Remove Conduit search tools

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome and simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and navigate to On Startup.
  3. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  4. Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.
  5. Navigate to Appearance and mark Show Home button.
  6. Click Change and immediately repeat step 4.
  7. Go to Search and click Manage search engines.
  8. Choose/add a new default search provider.
  9. Find the URL of the search provider you wish to remove, click X and then Done.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch IE and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. In the Tools menu select Manage Add-ons.
  3. From the menu on the left select Search Providers.
  4. Remove the undesirable option and click Close.
  5. Tap Alt+T once more and select Internet Options.
  6. Click the General tab and find the Home Page.
  7. Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click the General tab and locate the Home Page.
  4. Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.
  5. Now find the search box on the right and click the search provider icon.
  6. Select Manage Search Engines.
  7. Remove the undesirable search provider and click OK.
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How to manually remove Affinity Toolbar

Files associated with Affinity Toolbar infection:


Affinity Toolbar processes to kill:


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