Conduit.com is an online search engline which has a browser toolbar, which supposedly is “powered by the community”. The search engine is somewhat similar to search engines like 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 your browser settings, which changes your start page without your approval. Additionally, users report that it installs into the computer without user consistence. No wonder why people think that it’s more like a browser hijacker or redirect virus, instead of a normal addon. If you’re constantly redirected to search.conduit.com, you’re infected with this browser hijacker.
I’m infected. How to remove conduit redirect virus?
You can get infected with Conduit by installing various free applications. For example search.conduit.com is installed with VUZE, popular file sharing program and infects even MAC browsers, primarilly 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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