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Also known as Conduit Redirect Virus, Conduit virus | Type: Browser Hijackers | Tags: Google redirect
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What is Virus (cal also be found as is an online search engline, which has initiated lots of discussions in various forums. This search site is closely related to a browser toolbar, which is presented as 'powered by the community'. No matter what it claims to you, you should try to avoid these programs because they can easily initiate lots of issues on your computer. While this search engine tries to create an image that it's similar to such search engines as Google or Bing, you should use it with an extreme carefulness because it may show you altered search results that may be filled with unsafe links. Why these links are displayed to you? The answer is very simple - for promoting affiliate websites and helping them to increase their page rank or sales. While this activity may seem harmless, you should always take into account that may also try to redirect you to suspicious and untrustworthy websites. In addition, these sites may be filled with dangerous content, which may try to infiltrate your computer without your permission asked. Besides, such potentially unwanted programs as browser hijackers may track people's browsing habits and may collect various information, such as what data they enter when visiting their favorite websites, what email do they use when browsing on the web, what is PC's IP address, etc. If or other browser hijacker has just appeared on your web browser (it can equally affect Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera), you shouldn't ignore that because this search engine is clearly used for unsafe activities. For removing conduit virus from your computer, you should run a full system scan with SpyHunter.

How can Conduit hijack my computer?

No matter that we can't claim that Conduit is malicious, there are lots of suspicious activities that can be initiated by it. Besides, the fact that this search engine or related browser toolbar is capable of initiating unauthorised changes on each of web browsers (you may discover Conduit instead of your start page or default search engine) bother us. Additionally, we must say that the most of PC users who are now dealing with this hijacker claim that it appeared on their computers without their knowledge. No wonder why people think that it’s more a virus than a normal addon. If you want to avoid redirects and other suspicious activities, the main thing that you have to remember is that it may infiltrate your machine in a bundle with freeware and shareware. That's why you should be very careful when installing such software on your computer. For that we recommend you to select Custom or Advanced installation option and then uncheck all suspicious checkboxes that may claim that you want to change your start page or default search engine.

How can I remove conduit redirect virus?

As we have already mentioned, you can get infected with Conduit virus by installing various free applications from the Internet., like VUZE Toolbar and similar apps. Although 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. 

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Manual virus Removal Guide

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Step 1: Uninstall and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / 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.
Uninstall and related programs
  • Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove from Mac OS X system

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

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

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

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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: Uninstall from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select '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.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and 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 removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them 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.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select '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 removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon 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.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select '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 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs 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.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons 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, 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.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and 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 removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Virus removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Comments on Virus

I installed Auslogics disk defrag today and it installed search protect by conduit and a bunch of other nonsense. Auslogics never used to do that. Now I am afraid to install anything from Auslogics. I am afraid.
I have followed some of this advice and now I cannot open additional browser tabs. What a mess!
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 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
Security Guy
Thanks for this article!
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.
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.
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"
I used Malwarebytes to fully remove conduit from my computer after several tries at manual removal.
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
Stopzilla fixed it!! Finally. The most annoying thing ever.
love it! thanks!!
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.
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. :)
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
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.
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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