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

Freshy Toolbar

Have you downloaded the Freshy Toolbar onto your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers? Where did you acquire this suspicious application from? If you have downloaded it from, you now have a toolbar which links you to,,,, and other websites alike. If you have acquired the toolbar from, you may find links to Facebook and Both of these plugins belong to Conduit Ltd., and we recommend that you delete them from your browsers. Continue reading the report to learn how to remove Freshy Toolbar from the browsers and the computer.

Are you familiar with Bitlord Toolbar, Connect Toolbar, Oscar Delta Toolbar and other Conduit family add-ons? Even though these extensions may seem beneficial at first, you need to be extra careful about the way they work. First of all, you must beware of the third party software which may travel bundled with the toolbar. Therefore, once you decide to download the application and you are presented with the setup – pay close attention to the presented information. Secondly, you need to be extra cautious about software and tools which may be presented. We recommend refusing any additional software packaged with Freshy Toolbar, including Conduit search tools because they have been discovered to be unreliable and void.

If you have discovered that the start page/home page of your web browsers has been changed to the suspicious, you must have accepted a replacement during the installation process. Even though the Conduit search tools may prove to be useful at certain times, you should not trust them without caution. As you may have noticed already, the suspicious application may route you to the Google search engine, which is quite suspicious. Depending on the version of the Freshy Toolbar that you run, it could redirect you to a number of suspicious sites as well. What is more, you could be presented with sponsored search results, as well as suspicious banner advertisements. Clicking on these is not recommended.

If you have decided to delete Freshy Toolbar from the PC and remove the Conduit search tools from the browsers, you can follow the manual removal instructions presented bellow. Note that if the plugin has been dropped onto the PC without your authorization, it must have been installed illegally. This suggests that computer infections could have corrupted the operating system. In this case it is strongly recommended that you install automatic malware detection and removal software onto the operating system.

Delete Freshy Toolbar

Delete from Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu, click Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Move to Change or Remove Programs, click the undesirable application and select Remove.

Delete from Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Move to the Task Bar, click the Start menu icon and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and right-click the application you wish to remove. Click Uninstall.

Delete from Windows 8:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI menu, select All apps and click Control Panel.
  2. Move to Uninstall a program, find the application you wish to remove, right-click it and select Uninstall.

Remove Conduit search tools

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch IE, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons.
  2. In the utility find the menu on the left and select Search Providers.
  3. Choose a new search provider, Remove the undesirable one and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T once more and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab and move the cursor to the Home Page section.
  6. Overwrite/delete the represented URL and click OK.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox and move to the search box on the top-right corner.
  2. Click the search provider icon and select Manage Search Engines.
  3. Remove the undesirable search engine and click OK.
  4. Click the search provider icon again and click the search provider of your preference.
  5. Simultaneously tap Alt+T to open the Tools menu and click Options.
  6. Click the General tab, overwrite/remove the Home Page and click OK.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome, simultaneously tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Under On Startup mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Overwrite/remove the URL of an undesirable search engine and click OK.
  4. Under Appearance mark Show Home button, click Change and repeat step 3.
  5. Under Search click Manage search engines and choose a new default search engine.
  6. Click X on the URL representing the unreliable search engine and select Done.
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  1. Kay Dec 21, 2014

    This does not work. I deleted the program long ago,but it is still taking over my browser.

  2. Tom Dec 30, 2014

    Freshy is EVIL. I can find no trace to remove from this or any other removal advice. There appears to be nothing there, but every time I open Firefox, there it is in the default home page.

  3. Sean Dec 30, 2014

    Me as well. This guide is USELESS.

  4. David Jan 1, 2015

    Glad to see I am not the only one frustrated having to go through this. It's unfortunate that I am not alone though.
    I can't get rid of this no matter what I try...

  5. F U Jan 10, 2015

    complete ***** for help, this is useless info

  6. Bob Jan 28, 2015

    I think freshy/conduit continues to morph. I had an infection about 6 months ago on a different machine and was able (after a number of tries) to remove it from the Home Page under Internet Options opened while running FireFox (the infected browser) as described by Tom above. I've got it now on my daugher-in-laws machine, but that trick doesn't seem to work this go-round.... I'll post back if I get it.

  7. Robert Jan 29, 2015

    In Firefox, go to Help, Troubleshooting Information, and Reset Firefox. It works.

  8. Dk E Feb 6, 2015

    Freshy Toolbar just tried to download on me when I was installing GIMP

  9. Felix Mintah Feb 7, 2015

    I have a solution
    1. Go to help in firefox
    2. Select troubleshoot information
    3. Under "Important Modified Preferences ",
    4. look for "browser.startup.homepage" and on the right section, you will see the stupid
    6. Scroll down till you see ""user.js Preferences"
    7. Click on the "user.js file" link and open the file
    8. Edit the line "user_pref("browser.startup.homepage")" and you are done.

  10. William Feb 19, 2015

    That did it - thanks!

  11. Another Bob/Robert Mar 24, 2015

    I could not edit the file as Felix in #9 suggested. HOWEVER, Robert, #7 suggestion DID work. I had removed Firefox, edited the registry for 'fresh' and removed all of the freshy references. Then I reinstalled and while in the intro screens, I did the refresh. #&%*ing garbage!

  12. Eddie Apr 3, 2015

    Comment #7 by Robert worked for me. Comment #9 did not.

  13. Nik Apr 23, 2015

    I wasn't able to edit file:///C:/Users/***/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/1coi182b.default/user.js

    but I was able to just delete the thing. Everything seems fine now, but we shall see

  14. dottiez Apr 24, 2015

    7 for me as well, thanks!

  15. AB Apr 27, 2015

    Thanks Felix

  16. Brian Apr 30, 2015

    Comment #7 by Robert worked for me. Comment #9 did not. Thanks so much!!!!!

  17. DR May 2, 2015

    Neither #7 nor #9 is working for me.

  18. DR May 2, 2015

    Okay, I think I got it to work. I had to hit "Refresh" from the Firefox main help page, not from the troubleshooting page.

    Hopefully it's gone for good-- thanks!

  19. Suji May 27, 2015

    #9 Felix awesome solution! worked perfectly.

  20. Peter Jun 6, 2015

    There is no "help" or "trouble shooting" in Firefox... where the fuc* do I get to it?

    Fuc* freshy

  21. fwoerndle Jun 21, 2015

    Comment #9 showed me where th problem was, but I was unable to edit the file as suggested. The I tried comment #7 and it worke. By the way, the help button is hidden in Firefox. But you can see it after pressing "Alt".
    Thanks a lot to all of you.

  22. abeni Oct 29, 2015

    what about if I don't have firefox just regular windows exporer. I see its not enabling me to get it out or remove it from default mode

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