Title: Search.conduit.com Virus
Also known as: Conduit Redirect Virus, Conduit virus

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Severity scale:Search.conduit.com Virus severity is 41  (41 / 100)
 

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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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.
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krissy3
how did you remove? :(
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Bonnie&Clyde
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....
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ja
hi,i used anti malwarebytes,then uninstalled chrome and switched to firefox,also ran a search from start menu for conduit and deleted
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deborahv
I fell pray to the FBI virus which is basically extortion. my brother in law watching porn... (not computer savvy) I found the phone number of the FBI virus people. they made him pay 200 bucks to unblock his computer that is also connected to mine I am sure traces of that virus is still there.
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Dana
Our 9th grader does online high school .. His geometry teacher gave us a link the school uses for a graphing calculator to install on computer! We could never get it installed we tried both laptops and our desktop! Well stupid us! It was conduit! And after alllllll the complaints to the online school aventalearning .. Not one person has responded to us about it! And we are pissed! That is where we got it and it is the program that the school has given to all the students needing to download a graphing calc! I think hey should be responsible for removing the beast!
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Skidd
My son is taking a 9th grade class through an online school too. They have not required or given us a link to download a calculator, but he was using a graphing tool supplied in a lesson yesterday though. I started having trouble getting things to print and, after searching, found the conduit on my computer. I uninstalled it in the control panels add/remove hardware, removed it from google/extensions,removed it from the google/settings/on start up/set pages section, the google/settings/appearance/home button section, and the task manager on startup. Im unsure if it is totally gone, but thanks for the heads up about the online school connection. Thanks!
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Malicious
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.
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djteel
Ive been an internet user since 1997 and a programmer with a large company since 1998 and have been downloading conduit toolbars for several years without any problems..the installment procedure clearly allows one to accept or decline bundled software.ive never had a conduit toolbar hijack my browser or change my home page,as I open the options area of the toolbar and check and uncheck items according to my satisfaction,which includes the opting out of having the toolbar change your home page among many other opt outs and opt ins...seems to me most people have a problem with the notion that they have to go to the trouble to do some careful observing and I guess deem It as being an inappropriate move by conduit merely for the reason that its this way//if you did any digging at all youd find that conduit is a legitimate company and doesnt attempt to hide its bundled software or behavior./a person just has to be aware thats its there and click decline and untick a few boxes during installation..and afterward,adjusting the toolbars behavior within the options area.as I said,ive never had a problem with conduit and It certainly is not a virus or malware.no you just cant load their toolbars without doing some behavior adjustment to the toolbars as I said//I have about 5 ,maybe 6 of their toolbars installed at this time.//they dont pose any problem as Ive adjusted all the controls and they serve their purpose which is to supply me with hundreds of stations from all over the usa and Europe.
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lster
And how long have you been working for Conduit? These toolbars are viruses plain and simple. First of all, Conduit does "attempt to hide its bundled software." If you are not paying the utmost attention and use the default settings when installing another different program, this crap will be installed. The fact that the toolbars change internet settings without permission is proof enough that it is a virus.

Also I cant even imagine what your browsing experience is like with 5 or 6 toolbars.
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Dr. H. E. Sawyer, Jr.
DJTEEL IS A CONDUIT EMPLOYEE, A CONTRACTOR, OR AN S E O OPTIMIZER...... one way or the other, he is a plain and simple crook.
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John
I agree Serge! It did not give me any option to install or not!. It took over my home page and installed a lot of adware! It and it;s maker should be in jail !
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Sandy
lster

I accidentally clicked thumbs down instead of "thumbs up".

Im so sorry. Im a newbie on computers, especially my laptop. I wish I could change my vote :(

With that said, I cant get ride of Conduit and my computer isnt running right. I didnt sign up with this! I dont know how to figure "values". Looks like Im stuck with it until I can pay somebody to remove this crummy (a kind word) Malware, even with Norton.
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Serge
wanted to comment on this:
>>> the installment procedure clearly allows one to accept or decline bundled
Not in my case (see my comment below); mTorrent update sneaked it into my system & did not warn it would install any bundled software (conduit search). Of cause you may object that mTorrent was the culprit, not the conduit, but it really does not help the folks in this thread, does it?
BTW, The subject of this thread is how to remove conduit search, not if it is legible software or not :) And the fact that even after its proper removal from Programs it keeps highjacking every browser home/search pages is a great concern - either its programmers did not know what they were doing or it was done intentionally (I suspect the latter).
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drenman
and....when I click thumbs down on your b.s. propaganda, I get....oh, a pop up add, from.....FN CONDUIT. Not to mention LOUD advertisements, that just pop up whenever, say like if my Son is napping.
Jackass.
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John
Except for one problem: That last 2 xs it came right in along with a Trojan virus and other apps. Search conduit has not been a "lone deal." They may be legimate, but if they associate with the illegimate, or are construed as doing so, they might as well be illegimate themselves.
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karen
it is a pain i the ass to get rid of. maybe you have a different conduit than us. it will constantly keep defaulting back to conduit. people that hijack others should be ashamed of themselves. i am doing a friend of mines computer that has really made a mess of her computer from conduit and pups virus. it has taken 3 days to get it back to normal. good luck to you because it will get you in the long run
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SabrinaMD
this thing literally TOOK OVER MY COMPUTER
I DID NOT INSTALL IT it was on my brand new computer and it installed so much adware it took up all the memory
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zebuddi
well you must advacate them or work for them! i`m a programmer too and yes it does install even when delclined its horrendous and one of the worst psyware programs about. Dont belive me dissasm it watch it with procmon. right now i have just been searching for a codec pack www.DivX.com divx10 laidened with conduit declined all the dll crap downloaded to appdatalocaltemp in attemp to install.

While (monitor_downloaded_programs)=conduit
if (popup)
if (string="conduit")
__computer=inifected
__tool_late=#true
__pull_the_power_plug
endif
endif
wend
__run_malware_program()
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Idriss
Thank if work sheet if dosnt work
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ADi
Thanx, for this nice post ....thank you. i will try i also affected with this spyware.
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antivirus
Thanks a lot, I was able to remove the conduit search engine.
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ragpicker
Why do we have to pay to remove Conduit. How do we remove it free
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Melissa
Great tip, worked just fine. That browser was annoying me for a long time.
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ragpicker
how did you do it
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bob
followed this "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."
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Linda
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
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Someone.
I just... Conduit sucks. End of story.
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Sites like this make me sick
Most of these people above are working for 2-spyware.com, this is all another effort to get you to buy something and provides no help to remove the programme at all.
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ella
thank you for your help! the about:config method was simple and worked perfectly!!
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throsorator
what is this method,? thanks.
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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".
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Spongbob
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.
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steve
thank you
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TheBookThief
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?!
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David.S
I am a software developer and forensic IT consultant. Conduit Search Protect is malware, evades the permission process of installation and it is therefore a criminal offence to distribute it. Proceedings may follow the infection of any computer system under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. This affects anybody who bundles Conduit Search Protect with their software as well as the publishers of Conduit Search Protect. Have a nice day djteel
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George
I have an iMac G5 infected with Lab.search.conduit.com on Safari.I would like to get rid of this annoying redundant software used for advertisement.
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bob
Thank you....simple instructions and worked like a charm for me!!!!!
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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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sushil
i performed quick scan usin anti malware but ie did not removes
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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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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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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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Jay Fogarty
Thanks for your directions, they were exhaustive and worked well, quickly. Saved me!
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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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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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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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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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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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Scat
love it! thanks!!
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Castra
Stopzilla fixed it!! Finally. The most annoying thing ever.
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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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sarah
I used Malwarebytes to fully remove conduit from my computer after several tries at manual removal.
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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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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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