Energy Community Toolbar gets to your Firefox and the webpage is frequently redirected to search.conduit.com or other unwanted websites? Read this article to learn more and get rid of this browser hijacker in form of Toolbar, browser add-on.
What is Energy Community Toolbar?
Energy Community Toolbar gets into Firefox or other web browser like IE or Chrome by free downloads. It is a browser add-on named Download Energy that serves the sole purpose of collecting revenue by promoting advertisements, sponsored links. Image of Energy Community Toolbar
This toolbar is developed by Conduit LTD. It is not strictly a virus, but a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) as the industry defines it. Users think it risky or even a virus because it comes bundled with other freeware and it does show some malicious traits like search redirects or rootkits behavior to hook deep into the system. It is annoying because not only it interferes the nor web search with misleading search results but also it makes the web browser perform slower and slower. The image of Energy Community Toolbar in Firefox
As you my notice that in this page, the problem page shows its URL as search.conduit.com plus multiple preferences. No wonder that many users complains that this toolbar causes search.conduit.com redirects. Actually this works as an ads-supporting platform to make money. Then if you also encounter such a case and want to get rid of this annoying thing, read below removal guide for assistance.
Risks of Having Energy Community Toolbar
Regardless of that the developer proclaims that how much this program can make user search things convenient, this toolbar does show some traits below:
1. It makes the web browser perform slower and slower
2. Normal web search is interfered due to search redirects and excessive ads.
3. It makes the system expose to more potential risks from the dubious URLs.
4. Spam advertisements or blackhat SEO techniques hinder smooth web surfing.
5. It adds its add-on Download Energy or even modifies other browser settings to make the whole browser disorder.
6. Its rootkit traits make itself hook deep to the system and many users find it difficult to remove its all components completely.
How to Get Rid of Energy Community Toolbar from Firefox (Download Energy Add-on Removal Guide)
Removal Tips: To ensure the machine is clean away from hidden risky components of the browser hijacker, you are highly recommended to full scan your PC using your installed antivirus or here recommended antimalware-Anvi Smart Defender.
Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.
Step 1> Uninstall PUP from Control Panel
Here for demonstration, we use the most common Search Protect by Conduit as an example.
Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all suspicious PUP since many PUPs can cause the Energy Community Toolbar install, and below are some mostly reported PUPs associated with the Energy Community Toolbar:
Bueno Search, Web Search, Delta search, Browser Protect, Search Protect by conduit, Mixi.DJ, Internet toolbar, WhiteSmoke, Babylon, Oople Toolbar, Value App, etc.
For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
It is possible that the uninstall may be difficult to fulfill when you don’t know which and when causes this issue, then you may use this tool-Anvi Uninstaller which is integrated in Cloud System Booster (a system cleaner).
Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
There is a Recently Installed tab in the Anvi Uninstaller which can help more conveniently find the recently uninstalled PUP and then clean the leftovers (registry entries left). To use this tool, you can
- 1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.
- 2. Start it and click on Expert on the main screen to open Expert interface where you can locate Toolbox tab and select Anvi Uninstaller to Run.
- 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Delta Search toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.
Then you will see below window
Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.
And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Step 2> Remove Download Energy Add-on from Firefox
You can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar to remove Download Energy add-on from Firefox and do necessary browser settings repair as well.
Anvi Slim Toolbar download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html
Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the related add-on/plugin from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.
Remove Download Energy Add-on from Firefox using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Repair homepage/search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Besides the manual repair, your optional choice is to reset the Firefox, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.
Remove Download Energy add-on from Firefox
There will pop up a window for confirmation to proceed the removal, please click OK to proceed.
Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.
Remove conduit plugin from Firefox
Step 3> Reconfigure Firefox
Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Download Energy or any other keywords like Conduit of the related PUP in the search box to find any items with value containing entered keyworkds from list there by highlighting the item and right-click on it to select Reset, one by one.
Step 4> Other Necessary Browser Repair in Firefox
If your are also constantly redirected to search.conduit.com or your normal web search page is just modified, then you also need to perform below repair in Firefox to return the normal search.
1. Reset Homepage
Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
2. Repair search engine
In the opened Firefox window,find the search box and click the right place as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on the suspicious related search (here we take web search as an example for demonstration purpose) and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.
3. Ensure no shortcut added to Firefox
Close Firefox and right click its icon on the desktop to navigate to the Properties from the dropped list, where you need to locate the Shortcut tab and under the target column, ensure there is no shortcut website address added after the forefox.exe
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
Step 5> Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance
After the PUP uninstall, it is necessary to do a system cleaning since many leftovers and junk files jam there to degrade the system performance. Again, the Cloud System Booster can help you conveniently clean those risky junk files and maintain the system performance.
Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
This tool can be either for emergency slow computer troubleshoot or system maintenance on daily basis.
More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.
This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
Tips to Avoid PUP Uninstall
1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewall is generally effective to prevent majority of virus risks and if you also take caution and get your system well maintained, then the security will be boosted.
2. Always be cautions when you download and install software from the Internet. Pay lose inspection to the install process in case of any bundled toolbar or PUP installed as well.
3. Always opt for custom install instead of automatic install.
4. Whatever, even if you get some annoying PUP install, generally it can be manually removed thoroughly with right method.
5. To boost security as for malicious yet annoying ads from multiple ads sites, we would recommend you this Anvi AD Blocker, which is designed to block most malicious/phishing websites as well as any websites that you don’t want it to open. This tool can considerably reduce the risks of getting excessive ads or getting infected by either PUP or malware. View more in this article: Safer Surfing with Anvi AD Blocker
Download link: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html
Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for only 15 days free use. If you want it stay longer with your PC and keep more ads risks away, you can conveniently buy it here.
If you want to manually block the search.conduit.com or any other unwanted website using Anvi AD Blocker, you can follow instructions as shown in below picture.
If any question in the opti-page.com/Buenosearch.com removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.