Conduit.com is an online search engline, which has a browser toolbar that is supposedly 'powered by the community'. The search engine tries to create an image that it's similar to such search engines as Google or Bing, just it is smaller.
Is Conduit malicious?
No, it’s not. But the fact is that the browser toolbar which they promote makes some unauthorised changes to browser settings, initiates changes in start page/default search engine without your approval reveals that it is. Additionally, users report that it installs into the computer without their knowledge. No wonder why people think that it’s more like a browser hijacker or redirect virus, instead of believing that it's a normal addon. If you’re suffering from search.conduit.com redirects, you’re infected with this browser hijacker. (users call this more simple: a virus)
I’m infected. How to remove conduit redirect virus?
You can get infected with Conduit virus by installing various free applications from the Internet. For example, search.conduit.com is installed with VUZE, which is a popular file sharing program and infects even MAC browsers, primarily Firefox.
For advanced computer users we advise to type into Firefox url field: about:config. Browser will warn you that you should know what you are doing. After type: "conduit" in the search field and "reset" all values you found. That should remove hijacked search results.
Although conduit.com isn’t a malware, but it’s frustrating to remove it. The browser helper object removes normally, via Add/remove programs in control panel, but the toolbar has to be removed manually, or with automatic software. Manual removal might be tricky, so we would recommend using a reputable anti-malware software to make sure your PC stays clean and fresh. In this case, try running a full system scan with STOPzilla or SpyHunter.
For more information about the Redirect Virus, read this: What to do when Google/Yahoo/Bing results are redirecting?
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