Removing Tucow Download Toolbar

Tucows Download Toolbar from Conduit gets installed into your browser - IE, Chrome, or Firefox - so that to show adverts and change the browser's homepage and search engine settings. This way, the browser's developers get access to the users' search inquires and all the statistical data connected with the search. Normally Tucows Download Toolbar is distributed together with freeware - after all, people want to make money from it, and this is quite plausible. However, if we do not want this toolbar in our browser, would it not make sense to remove it from our system? From this post you will learn how.

Firstly, briefly about how the toolbar 'sneaks' into your browser. During the installation process, the user is normally offered to change the browser's homepage and search settings, and this option is, in most cases, selected/activated by default. When we are installing freeware, we tend to click 'Accept' and 'Agree' to whatever is offered to us by the installation wizard - and that is exactly how we get stuck with unwanted add-ons, such as Tucows Download Toolbar. OK, it does no harm to your system, but it is still a bit inconvenient to have your browser settings changed, especially without you asking for it. As a matter of fact, some antivirus programs find potentially malicious software in Tucows Download Toolbar.

tbTuco.dll
Antivirus Warning
ESET-NOD32 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Tucows_DownloadsToolbarHelper.exe
ESET Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
prxtbTuco.dll
ESET-NOD32 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus Conduit(fs)
ldrtbTuco.dll
ESET-NOD32 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus Conduit(fs)
tbTuc0.dll
ESET-NOD32 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
VIPRE Antivirus Conduit(fs)

So, how to delete Tucows Toolbar from the system of your computer?

Following these simple steps, you will easily uninstall Tucows Download Toolbar:
  1. Press 'Start' and select the 'Control Panel' tab
  2. Go to the 'Programs and Components' section
  3. Find Tucows Downloads Toolbar in the list of installed programs and press 'Remove/Uninstall'
Because Tucows Download Toolbar can also affect your browser settings by installing its own search engine and homepage, you might also need to uninstall Tucows Download Toolbar from your browser.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (or 'Tools' for Windows XP) and select 'Internet options'
  2. Select the 'Advanced' tab, then click on the 'Reset'.
  3. Check the 'Delete personal settings' box in the section 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' and click on 'Reset'.
  4. After Internet Explorer has finished with deleting the data, close the window.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on the orange Firefox button in the upper left corner of the browser.
  2. Find the 'Information' tab in the menu (normally marked with a sign of a question mark), and from the dropdown menu select 'Troubleshooting information'.
  3. In the upper right corner, press the button 'Reset Firefox'.

Google Chrome:

  1. Select the 'Menu' button in your Google Chrome browser (it is located in upper right corner).
  2. In the 'Search' section press the button 'Manage search engines'.
  3. Select the search engine that you prefer and press the 'Make default' button.
  4. Delete the search engines that you do not know, or do not need (put your cursor over it and press the cross icon that appears over the search engine's name).
  5. In Chrome settings, select your preferred homepage, after which press the 'Accept' button in the right bottom corner and close Google Chrome settings.
After following all the steps described above, it is preferable to restart your computer. Please send the link to this article to your friends, and do not hesitate to ask questions in case you have any. I will do my best to answer all questions you have and explain the procedure in more detail, if needed.