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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts

XFinity Toolbar

XFinity Toolbar is a browser extension which may appear on your Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers after you install freeware or encrypted bundled downloads. The application can also be downloaded from where it is promoted as a Community Toolbar. The developer of the suspicious add-on is Conduit Ltd, and you may recognize the name if you have dealt with MIXI.DJ Toolbar, Widgi Toolbar, Appbario Toolbar and other similar extensions. The add-on is often considered malicious because it may reconfigure browser settings and install TuneUP Utilities 2013. It is not surprising that the application runs with the help of data tracking cookies, which is the main reason why some Windows security experts recommend that you remove XFinity Toolbar from the computer as soon as possible. Please see a few excerpts from the Privacy Policy regarding web cookies:

Application uses cookies to identify and save various pieces of information about your use of the Application and of certain features of the Application.

These Cookies collect and store information about your search activity when you use our web search services. This information may be shared with third party applications that use search data to function or to offer you more customized information and services.

These statements disclose that XFinity Toolbar cookies may collect and store the passwords and usernames of your personal online accounts. This is not illegal and many browser add-ons are capable of such activity. Nonetheless, you should limit the number of add-ons which may record sensitive data because not all browser extensions are properly protected against third party interference. Moreover, the Privacy Policy even disclaims that collected data could be leaked to third parties. Hence, even though the application is not considered malicious, we recommend having XFinity Toolbar deleted for the sake of your own virtual security.

If you wish to delete XFinity Toolbar from your operating Windows system, you can follow the manual removal instructions below. The guides, however, will not help you delete secondary malware which you could face by clicking on pop-ups provided by third-party affiliates. Do you expect any malignant programs running on your personal computer? Install a spyware scanner to examine the PC and to warn you about potential threats. Needless to say, malware should be removed without further delay.

How to delete XFinity Toolbar?

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Click on the General tab, overwrite (home page) and click OK.
  4. Tap Alt+T again and select Manage Add-ons.
  5. From the menu on the left click Toolbars and Extensions.
  6. Select XFinity Toolbar and click Disable.
  7. Now select Search Providers (menu on the left).
  8. Select Conduit and click Remove. Click Close.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+H.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Reset Firefox and confirm the selection.
  4. Select Finish.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F, select Tools and click Extensions.
  2. Locate XFinity Toolbar, click on the recycle bin and select Remove.
  3. From the menu on the left click Settings and navigate to On Startup.
  4. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  5. Overwrite or delete and click OK.
  6. Now navigate to Search, select Show Home button and click Change.
  7. Repeat step 5 to remove option.
  8. Now go to Search and click Manage search engines.
  9. Select Make default for a preferred search engine, then click X to remove by Conduit. Click OK.
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