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  (41/100) Virus is also known as Conduit Redirect Virus, Conduit virus | Type: Browser Hijackers | Tags: Google redirect 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 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, is installed with VUZE, which is a popular file sharing program and infects even MAC browsers, primarily Firefox. 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. 

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

Automatic Virus Removal Guide

You can remove 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 Virus Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall 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 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.

Step 2: Remove 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 Virus from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
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 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 Virus removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select 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 Virus removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select 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 Virus removal.

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 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 Virus:

The Exec....
I`ll be happy to pay to get the name and addresss to who is responsible for this highjacking of my browsers.
It made my computer unable to connect to internet, I used "Everything" and searched for "conduit" and removed
all instances I could find... Seems to be fine now.
how did you remove? :(
What program did you use to search for this Monstrosity of program...... (whoever created it had lots of time on his hands and is obviously a bastard-child of Hitler) Who does this and enjoys it? - Desperately need some help here....
Conduit is malicious it may do one of the following actions.
Delete important user data.
Delete windows bootmgr.
Overwrite homepage and search settings unknowingly.
Prevent internet access.
Cause your internet speed to drop.
Thank if work sheet if dosnt work
Thanx, for this nice post ....thank you. i will try i also affected with this spyware.
Thanks a lot, I was able to remove the conduit search engine.
Why do we have to pay to remove Conduit. How do we remove it free
Great tip, worked just fine. That browser was annoying me for a long time.
how did you do it
this article is SO MISLEADING - it tells you you have the conduit thing and WILL NOT REMOVE IT withought a costly program REVISE YOUR INFORMATION TO PROVIDE FULL DISCLOSURE
I just... Conduit sucks. End of story.
Sites like this make me sick
Most of these people above are working for, this is all another effort to get you to buy something and provides no help to remove the programme at all.
thank you for your help! the about:config method was simple and worked perfectly!!
what is this method,? thanks.
Vivere est cogitare
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.

Worked ! Thank you! Still, yahoo was set as default search engine (although I knew that it was google) so I did the same thing only with word "yahoo".
I have to say the guy above has his head up his ass. Conduit embeds itself so deeply that it id incredibly difficult t remove. I agree stop pushing crap that finds made up variants but does no remove a thing. Always a scam out there.
thank you
Okay. I did the "about:config" and then searched "conduit" then clicked "reset". I t doesnt look like it got rid of anything considering my Firefox and Chrome search engine still arent connecting to the Internet. What did I do wrong?!
I have an iMac G5 infected with on Safari.I would like to get rid of this annoying redundant software used for advertisement.
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