Conduit virus  

Conduit virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

by ,   Also known as Conduit hijack, Conduit redirect | Type: Browser Hijackers

What is Conduit virus?

Conduit virus is a suspicious search engine that has initiated lots of problems for PC users. If you are interested in computers, you may have already noticed that this name has been involved to various discussions on the Internet. The main reason, why PC users report about this program and claim that it is a virus, is its unexpected appearance and annoying activity that it likes to initiate. Beware that all these pop-up ads, redirects, slow downs and other activities that are typically initiated by this program are used by its owners just to earn some revenue from advertising. However, there is no guarantee that you won't be tricked into visiting a questionable website that is used for spreading questionable programs. Besides, when infected with Conduit redirect virus, you may notice that you can barely browse the Internet without redirects and pop-up ads. You may see that almost every search session, which is initiated by you, ends up on unknown website. If Conduit has already replaced your start page and/or the default search engine to, or, you should waste no time and scan your computer with a reputable anti-spyware. While Conduit virus is not as dangerous as rogue anti-spyware or ransomware, it should definitely be eliminated from the system. It is especially recommended if it has appeared on the system out of nowhere. For that you can either follow a manual Conduit removal guide below or use automatic removal option. You can easily remove this hijacker with a help of SpyHunter or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.


Conduit hijacker is a suspicious search engine, so there is no surprise that it has been distributed using shady distribution methods. Typically, its distribution is mostly associated with freeware and shareware, which can be filled with various components in exchange for money. That's how it may appear on your computer without being noticed. However, there have been seen various claims that state that Conduit may also get inside the system with a help of malware. While we can't guarantee that, you should make sure that our computer is protected by a reputable anti-spyware. In addition, if you want to avoid this redirect virus, you should be very careful when downloading such programs as video recording software, download managers and PDF creators. Typically, when installing freeware on your computer you should find the check box, which notifies about Conduit and uncheck it. This checkbox should appear during program's installation process after selecting Custom or Advanced installation method, so try to pay more attention to that and make sure that you choose this option. If you think you have already been affected by Conduit virus, you should follow a detailed guide given below and remove this application from your computer.


If you have been suffering from continuous redirects, pop-up ads and other unwanted activities, it may be that your has been infected by Conduit virus. In order to remove it, follow these steps:

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Manual Conduit virus Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Conduit and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

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

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 Conduit and related programs
  • Here, look for Conduit 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

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 Conduit 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: 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 Conduit from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

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 Conduit 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 Conduit 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

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 Conduit 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 Conduit removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

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 Conduit 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 Conduit removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

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 Conduit 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 Conduit, 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 Conduit removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Conduit 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 Conduit 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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Geolocation of Conduit virus

Map reveals the prevalence of Conduit virus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

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Comments on Conduit virus

The best way to remove the conduit virus is by removing java script from your PC, then manually remove all trace from your browser add-ons. and then run your anti-virus program also run a malware program it should clean your System. it has work for me !!! good luck.
This virus is almost impossible to get rid of. Uninstall did not work and it also disabled system restore in windows 8. My computer tech was able to remove it with some effort. Ccleaner was unable to remove all of it as well and it got past my antivirus software like it wasnt there. My tech called it a "nasty one" Good luck!
My computer got infected with the Conduit virus. I purchased a new Verison cell phone and wanted the full Instruction manual since the book that came with it didnt go into much detail on its use. I was directed by Verison to a website which wasnt available but I found another that claimed to have manuals for all brands and models of cell phones. I found the model of my Verison phone and started to download what I thought was the cell phone manual. Instead I was downloading the Conduit virus.

The virus causes pop-ups to appear when you attempt to browse the internet. Windows for various websites appear, unsolicited, and hindering the use of your computer. Thats when I called AT&T. They were fully aware of the Conduit virus and removed it, mostly manually. I did not know of TABs procedure until I heard you on the radio today, Monday, March 3..

Fortunately, I have an AT&T support contract. It took almost 2 1/2 hours for AT&T technicians to remove the virus..

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