Search.whitesmoke.com is categorized as a browser malware that tempers with the browser setting on a target computer with primarily DLL plug-ins, BHO (Browser Helper Object), Winsock LSP. The attacked browser (which can be Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera) will then redirect users to search.whitesmoke.com or other malicious web sites associated with it accordingly when the attempt to do searching is made. There are many ways for a browser malware’s hijack, from simple modification on default search page to manipulation on system configuration and daemon with virulent payloads. And the latter is applied to search.whitesmoke.com.
The successful settlement of search.whitesmoke.com increases the probability of the onset by other vicious items. The browser malware is made to firstly learn the rogue/ valueless URLs automatically generated by a self-regulating program and matched thereafter to the mostly used queries. In other word, the search results by search.whitesmoke.com virus are primarily spam/spoofing sites promoted virus appearing to be computer-friendly programs.
What’s worse, configurations in the kernel part of a target machine are modified by infectious items generated by search.whitesmoke.com, which at the same time the reason why traditional removal method is not sufficient to remove search.whitesmoke.com, accelerate the formation of a backdoor that can be readily exploited by various types infections concealed in the network.
Take both facts into consideration, a significant loss in overall PC performance can be anticipated as more junks, vicious items including its affiliate whitesmoke toolbar, infections are mounted on a computer with limited resource. Immediacy is always in need to remove search.whitesmoke.com virus, thus an efficacious solution is required to prevent the browser malware from causing more troubles when time allows. Follow the below manual way to remove search.whitesmoke.com quickly and permanently. Use extra prudence and circumspection when going through the instruction for some rectifications are necessary to be made in the kernel part of infected computer. Panic can be ignored since experts from VilmaTech Online Support are always ready to help solve computer issues.
Step one – remove search.whitesmoke.com’s startup item since the browser malware manipulates the setting there.
Step two – remove search.whitesmoke.com from IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari.
a. Empty out browse history.
b. Remove search.whitesmoke.com from ‘Manage Add-on’ window under Search’ section.
c. Remove search.whitesmoke.com and whitesmoke toolbar from ‘Toolbars and Extensions’.
d. Remove any indication of search.whitesmoke.com and whitesmoke toolbar from ‘Search Providers.
Step three – remove all suspicious files generated by search.whitesmoke.com virus under C: Windows and System32 for a thorough removal.
Step four – remove search.whitesmoke.com virus and whitesmoke toolbar by modifying key values in registry editor.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
For Google Chrome users
For Mozilla Firefox users
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Mozilla\ Firefox
For Opera users
Failure might be led if there’s leftover or another infection residing at a target computer. Inspection on a compromised system is required for eradication of any potential virulent item so that search.whitesmoke.com will not come back simply due to accidental initiate of a covert but malicious item. To remove search.whitesmoke.com permanently, good PC practice should be always observed even after the browser malware has been successfully removed. If you still have question or encounter undesirable scene like browser cannot display web pages properly, feel free to get help from VilmaTech Online Support. An appropriate solution to concrete situation will be given away to help regain a completely clean computer.