How to remove ConnectSo Toolbar
What is ConnectSo Toolbar:
Threat Classification: PUP/Browser Hijacker
ConnectSo Toolbar by ClientConnect LTD is considered a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and a Browser Hijacker as well. ConnectSo is capable of infiltrating the victim’s computer without authorization and once installed, ConnectSo Toolbar will modify the browser settings, making www.trovi.com default start/home page. The browser hijacker will attach itself to every popular web browser on the PC and again changes the default search engine & the home page. ConnectSo is capable of editing security policies and the registry database, making the recovery much harder. When a web search is performed, with ConnectSo Toolbar installed, the victim will be redirected to http://www.bing.com, where the search results could be loaded with SPAM & other 3rd party advertising.
Usually, ConnectSo Toolbar comes packed with some other free ad-supported software products (“bundle“) and is configured to install by default while performing an express/default installation, just right after the victim accepts the bundle‘s EULA. The possible distribution of the ConnectSo Toolbar varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
ConnectSo Toolbar will overload your screen with unwanted and annoying web ads, often used only for driving traffic to certain domains, which then could easily be converted to cash using once of the many online marketing platforms. ConnectSo Toolbar starts gathering browsing information & other personal data, which may include IP addresses, browsing habits, usernames, passwords, email addresses & accounts, the most often visited websites etc. The PUP could also use tracking cookies or other similar techniques to collect even more private data. Please note, that the collected information will be sent to third-party companies, that would use it for marketing purposes. That’s why this PUP/Browser Hijacker not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated as soon as possible, as it is a serious threat to your online identity.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using SpyHunter.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic ConnectSo Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect ConnectSo Toolbar and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
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Manual ConnectSo Toolbar Browser Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove ConnectSo Toolbar manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove ConnectSo Toolbar Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to ConnectSo Toolbar/iLivid, Torch, ConnectSo Toolbar for Internet Explorer, ConnectSo Toolbar for Firefox, ConnectSo Toolbar for Chrome, BrowserProtect, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove ConnectSo Toolbar from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run”. 3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-left corner), click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by ConnectSo Toolbar in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
ConnectSo Toolbar might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the ConnectSo Toolbar`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that ConnectSo Toolbar uses in order to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to ConnectSo Toolbar by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named “ConnectSo Toolbar” in: