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Remove Smart Web Search Redirect ( Removal Guide)

Smart Web Search hijacks your web browser search? This article details on how to get rid of the Smart Web Search browser hijacker or the redirect.


What is Smart Web Search/ Redirect?


Smart Web Search, or the, is a browser hijacker that often come as a result of installing some PUP or adware bundled with other free downloads from the Internet. These free downloads can be download manager, video player or other software, especially some freeware.

Once inside the system, like many other browser hijacker, this Smart Web Search will take over your web search by modifying your default homepage, default search provider, and even adding its browser add-on attached to the web browser in order to constantly redirect you to commercial links or spam links. It is created and distributed to draw traffics for its sponsored links.

The image of Smart Web Search

smart web search page

Is Smart Web Search ( a Virus?


Strictly speaking, Smart Web Search or the is not a virus, however it is detected as a browser hijacker caused by PUP or adware install. And definitely it is unsafe to use since it not only interrupts your normal web search, but also collects your search habits online in order to deliver you more related advertisements. Besides, there are more risks of having smart web search left to your web browser.


Risks of Having Smart Web Search (Smartwebsearch.myse♦


♦ 1. It slows down your web search and even the system running. From time to time, it may lead to web browser crashes.

♦ 2. It may expose your system to more risks of getting infected by redirecting to many more commercial websites or even malicious websites.

♦ 3. It messes up your system and even cause the installed software broken by creating or injecting some files to the system.

♦ 4. Although it is not a virus, it may show rootkit traits that hook deep into the system.


Thus, avoid the Smart Web Search, or at all cost. Below are some measures to prectice:


Tips to Avoid Installing PUP or Adware


Browser hijackers like Smart Web Search often comes as a consequence of PUP or adware installing. Thus, it is necessary to prevent installing PUP or adware so as to avoid the Smart Web Search sneaking into the system and cause redirect or hijacking issues.

To prevent installing PUP or adware, you can:

♥ 1. Basically and necessarily, turn on security features of web browsers to avoid reported sites. See more on How to Turn on Security Features of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Also you may utilize some tool like Anvi Ad Blocker which will be introduced below to help you filter most malicious or unwanted websites to be safer.

♥ 2>Use caution when browsing the Internet, especially you are required to download some freeware online. Ensure there is nothing dirty bundled.

♥ 3> Pay close attention to the install process. During the install, opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting  next step button. If there is some pre-check box to install bundled software, deselect it.

♥ 4> In some cases, the adware may be still installed even if you deselect the pre-check box. Then the last solution is absolutely to eradicate the installed PUP as well as the adware once and for all.



How to Remove Smart Web Search Redirect ( Removal Guide)


Step 1. Remove hidden components related using antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall related PUP or Adware from Control Panel

Step 3. Remove Smart Web Search or from IE, Firefox and Chrome

Step 4. Remove leftovers, tracking cookies and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block using Anvi Ad Blocker


Step 1. Remove hidden components related using antimalware


To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

Antimalware Download:

ASD scan result of connect bar infection


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 2. Uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Computer


Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP/Adware using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP/Adware from Control Panel 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to the Smart Web Search, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Smart Web Search on your web browser.


Option 1. Automatic Uninstall


Please note the Anvi Uninstaller is integrated in the system cleaner Cloud System Booster, which can also help you remove the leftovers and maintain the system after the removal (detailed in step 4). The Anvi Uninstaller which contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster. (Safe download link:

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall connect bar and related PUP program using Anvi Uninstaller

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure you uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker.

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled

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:

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel


Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:

For Win 8 users: 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.


Step 3. Remove Smart Web Search/ and repair settings within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome


Choose an option to repair browser settings below:

Option 1–Automatic repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Highly Recommended for users who use multiple web browsers

Option 2–Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome


Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar


To repair browser settings, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar. (download: )

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the related browser add-on 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 Connect Bar Toolbar from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar

remove connect toolbar using Anvi Slim Toolbar



Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search


Option 2. Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome


> For Internet Explorer users

> For Mozilla Firefox users

> For Google Chrome users



IE Internet Explorer


Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on


There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the related browser add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.


2. Remove Search provider

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for Connect Bar Customized Web Search search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE


Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox


1. Remove add-on

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.

Firefox add-ons1


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.

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.


2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1


On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
firefox homepage reset


3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

remove  connect bar search engine from firefox

Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Smart Web Search or any other related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.


4. Configure 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.

Firefox configuration


Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.


Then,  on the appeared window, type Smart Web Search in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

configure Firefox from Connect bar infection

 In this picture, it just takes the Connect bar as an example for demonstration purpose. 

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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chromeReset Google Chrome


Remove related extensions from Chrome

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find the related extension to locate it and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

Click X to exit and under the Settings tab, find the on Startup area to click set pages, edit the homepage to your preferred site like instead of the

Chrome homepage reset

And then under the Appearance, check the Show Home button, and then edit the homepage site to your preferred website.


In this picture, it takes qvo6 as an example to demonstrate the similar process. 


Remove search engine

Under the search area, click on Manage search engines to remove the search engine related to the Smart Web Search.

modify search engine in chrome

Firstly select another search engine like as default and then locate the unwanted or related search engine and click X to remove it.


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Step 4. Remove Leftovers, tracking cookies and Maintain System Performance


See to remove the tracking cookies of smart web search and other leftovers including junks to maintain the system performance.

Note: Before the cookies removal, you’d better backup your important personal information like some important username and passwords.

As for removing tracking cookies and cleaning system junk files, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster Download:

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster


3. Now you can either click Start Scan button on the left bottom and clear the junks when the scan finished, or click on Home button to back on the main screen and click Quick Care to fully clean the system. The later is our recommendation any way.





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:


Step 5. Block using Anvi Ad Blocker

Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would also a good idea to help you block this by adding the URL to its blacklist. Besides, it also provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download:

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

To block the using Anvi AD Blocker, you can follow below instructions on the image:

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker


Not only this tool can help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this by adding the URL into its black list.

If any question in the removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.