Remove Search.conduit.com Virus
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Search.conduit.com Virus is also known as Conduit Redirect Virus, Conduit virus | Type: Browser Hijackers | Tags: Google redirect

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. Although conduit.com isn’t a malware, some victims report that they can't remove it. Manual removal might be tricky, so we would recommend using programs that are given in Automatic Conduit removal guide to make sure your PC stays clean and fresh. 

For more information about the Redirect Virus, read this: What to do when Google/Yahoo/Bing results are redirecting?

Automatic Search.conduit.com Virus Removal Guide

You can remove Search.conduit.com Virus automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Manual Search.conduit.com Virus Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Search.conduit.com Virus and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Search.conduit.com Virus or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Search.conduit.com Virus or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2: Remove Search.conduit.com Virus from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Remove Search.conduit.com Virus from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.conduit.com Virus and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.conduit.com Virus removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Search.conduit.com Virus and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search.conduit.com Virus removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Search.conduit.com Virus and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search.conduit.com Virus removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Search.conduit.com Virus or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Search.conduit.com Virus, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Search.conduit.com Virus removal process.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Search.conduit.com Virus:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

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Information added: 2014-10-20 08:37
Information updated: 2014-10-20 08:37

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Users comments about Search.conduit.com Virus:

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domniqueberry05
hii buddy ,even i have encountered with the same problem two weeks before..but when i come to know about these steps to follow i found this really helpful to me..so am telling you the same steps what ive followed earlier.

Step 1 – Uninstall the Conduit Toolbar
Step 2 – Delete Conduit Folders, Files and Gifs from hard drive
Step 3 – Delete Conduit Registry Keys
Step 4 – Delete Conduit from Browsing History
Step 5 – Remove Conduit Cookie
Step 6 – Block Conduit Cookie’s
Step 7 – Remove browser add-ons and extensions
Step 8 – Remove Conduit Configuration Settings
Step 9 – Run Spybot
Step 10 – HiJackThis
Step 11 – Disable Add-ons
Step 12 – Re-Install a clean browser
Step 13 – Remove your old System Restore Points
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Security Guy
Thanks for this article!
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Conduit and STOPzilla are in the same boat
Ive been having problems with Conduit for a while. 3 of my computers have this invasive malware software installed. I have uninstalled it in multiple different ways including the regEdit entry deletion, re-installing Chrome, removing the extension, resetting my browser settings to default, and it STILL comes up as a tab when I open Chrome. Luckily there is a prison sentence for this type of behaviour, so when a cyber crime police unit does find the person responsible, they will be extradited to the United States and prosecuted. Also, DONT install STOPzilla, it doesnt mention anything about any sort of cost until you complete a scan that takes several hours. In order for STOPzilla to remove the threats youll have to pay a lot of money. Companies who use this type of business practice usually are a major security concern, as they may sell your personal information or otherwise compromise your security.
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Dwight Stegall
EASY FIX: First open Windows Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. Scroll down and uninstall "Search Protect". Tell it to reset default settings. It only protects Conduit from being uninstalled. Otherwise nothing you do will be affective.

Then open Free Auslogics Browser Care and remove the nonsense it installed in them.

In Internet Explorer it would be a good idea to look in Manage Addons in case Auslogics missed something.

If you have SuperANTISpyware Pro open the Uninstall Unwanted Programs section to uninstall hidden toolbars no other program can find.

I had to completely reinstall Google Chrome to get rid of all the junk Conduit installed in it.

One program I know for sure that will install this junk on your computer is Free Zonealarm Firewall. If you dont allow it you cannot install the firewall. Its best to do this on a new computer or just after reinstalling Windows before installing other browsers. Then you only have to remove it from Internet Explorer.
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Kevin Dallakian
What I have done is simply removed the search protect and that was end of the story. go to control paneled uninstall remove "search protect"
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sarah
I used Malwarebytes to fully remove conduit from my computer after several tries at manual removal.
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Aerf
If you get this bullshit on Chrome, just look to the bottom where it says restore defaults or whatever. click on that.
for firefox, go to about:config, search for conduit, then reset all of the values that pop up and you should be good to go
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Castra
Stopzilla fixed it!! Finally. The most annoying thing ever.
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Scat
love it! thanks!!
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Tim
Conduit is a browser hi-jacker per Symantec,McAfee,Microsoft,Apple,Google,AVG,etc.In other words if they are a REPUTABLE anti-virus company they say conduit is a browser hi-jacker. Remove via uninstall in control panel,then disable tool bar in IE explorer before removing add on, then search for conduit in search fields and remove all instances found(including such entries as Brie,inbox ace,and a phantem no name setup.exe), then download latest definitions from reputable antivirus company(including their free versions) and run a complete scan(and select remove all that the scan finds). Then hope conduit did not change anything in the registry or bootmgr.
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Dolla
Hey guys, I tried this method, didnt work and pre much i thought i was stuck with it, but then i kinda figured it out myself. So, (This is for windows, but you can figure it out for Macs)
Ctrl+Alt+Del, Start task manager.
Then, go onto the Processes Tab, and End any/all processes with the description on "Search protect by Conduit",
After that, go on the services tab and stop all services with "Search protect by Conduit", To do this, you need to be on an administrative account.
This will take a while (took around 5-10 mins for me)
Finally, go onto Control Panel, Uninstall programs, and Uninstall "Search Project by Conduit". :)
This worked for me, Let me know if it works/doesnt work for you. :)
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Serge
Hey folks
In my case conduit search was installed by mTorrent update (stupid me) - the installation date was the same on both programs. It was too late to use Restore point when i got concerned about it as by that I updated few more things in my system that I did not want to redo from scratch.
It installed Search Protect service (the clue - SearchProtect CltMngSvc.exe service was running & showing up in the system tray as a blue shield icon with a looking glass & also SearchProtect folder created in Programs x86 directory). No conduit toolbar program in my case, maybe that conduit mob changed their distro, who knows...
Anyway, How I got rid of it:
I did not use any antispyware programs:
Removed SearchProtect from Programs menu
Reset Firefox settings as was explained above - thanks for those, this is the bit I did not figure out by myself; & also in search engines & home page
Reset IE settings (home page & search engines) in Internet Options
Ditto for Google Chrome in Chrome settings
Rebooted laptop just in case
Searched registry for "conduit" string - found one instance still sitting there, so removed that registry key (dont forget to backup Registry first).
So far so good, no signs of conduit for a week, but was very annoying indeed; i could have spent that time better elsewhere.
Hope this helps
Cheers
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Des
Go to ctrl panel - open add and remove programs. Remove search conduit tool bar. Close add and remove programs. Go to internet options-advanced- Hit reset. close browser if open and your homepage should be back to default when you reopen internet explorer.
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Bea
It is not listed anywhere in control panel. I have looked everywhere to find it and it will not go away. It is in my Windows 8.1 for ever I believe. I wonder what would happen if I go back to a previous time on my computer and have it restart at another point in time.? I know it will remove some things that are important and I will have to re add ., but this conduit thing is so frustrating. I wonder what it does , I know it is Malware, Norton is my security program and even they have not detected it. I thought I might try a different security program other than Norton. But it is supposed to be one of the best ones. Anyway, just my comments on the frustration of having an unwelcome invader in your computer. I am getting very use to it unfortunately.
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steve
Bea, I picked it up on my Asus T100 with Win 8.1 while downloading Firefox. I am an experienced computer user and struggled for a whole day to get rid of it. I used regedit and Msconfig in safe mode, along with plain old computer file search to track down several different exe and DLL s that kept reinstalling the tool search bars.. Even after all of that I didnt trust the computer and reset the tablet back to factory settings( one of the nice things about this tablet is the ability to put back to as purchased). Norton didnt recognize it as malware, and I will remember that when my subscription is up. I guess the bottom line is it might be worth a trip to a computer store if you use to access your finances.
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663393033
All viruses and hijacks are potentionaly malitious and a dangerous thread. your pc is controled by their software! they can do wahtever they want with ur pc. why there is no police who catch these criminal people and damaging others people properties? its time to look after these junks and slice their throat.
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Jay Fogarty
Thanks for your directions, they were exhaustive and worked well, quickly. Saved me!
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Misja
what seems to work for me is the following; after half a day of searching and trying to get rid of the bing/conduit search engine, it seems there was a little program called :" search protect" which hides besides the taskbar as a background program, you should delete that with for example revo-uninstaller and redo the settings in all your browsers - hopes it works for you too!! good luck!
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Reivax
Thx Misja, I didnt realize about "Search protect" program in the side bar. Before remove it I was unable to change the url field in about:config, it was protected by this program. I remove this program and I can change this url.
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quasimodo
Thnx a lot. Couldnt get rid of the last roots of conduit. Even though it was untraceble on the pc. Apparently Malwarebytes etc. have their limitations also, even though they are good programs. Learned a bit more about the structure of FF en passant.
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deborah v
also try resetting your browsers I got conduit out of my system that way , at least i hope so
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sushil
i performed quick scan usin anti malware but ie did not removes
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bob
FYI...i used the advanced directions with config command....and it worked. didnt buy anything either.
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