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removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Conduit Redirect Virus, Conduit virus | Type: Browser hijacker

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

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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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Remove from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. 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'

Erase from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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'
  2. 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'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. 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

Delete virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. 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'
  2. 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. 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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

  1. 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'
  2. 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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

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  1. The Exec.... says:
    July 20th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    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.

  2. krissy3 says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 3:39 am

    how did you remove? 🙁

  3. Bonnie&Clyde says:
    June 15th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    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….

  4. ja says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:24 am

    hi,i used anti malwarebytes,then uninstalled chrome and switched to firefox,also ran a search from start menu for conduit and deleted

  5. deborahv says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  6. Dana says:
    March 17th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    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!

  7. Skidd says:
    March 19th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    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!

  8. Malicious says:
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  9. djteel says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    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 I said,ive never had a problem with conduit and It certainly is not a virus or 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.

  10. lster says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    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.

  11. Dr. H. E. Sawyer, Jr. says:
    October 12th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    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.

  12. Dennis Teel says:
    April 29th, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Dr H.E.Sawyer Jr, geez are you bipolar or something?chill out..Ive been using toolbars since 1997 including the christmas music toolbar.ive had conduit on my pc in the form of safe search which I easily deleted using add remove programs but Ive never had any major problems using pretty picky as to which ones I use.but to say theyre ALL malware is absurd.Some toolbars are helpful and useful as well. Judging my character simply because I use toolbars and feel comfortable doing so is a morons game.Also hiding behind the internet and making such claims toward me is the trait of a simpleton.Ive never had problems with toolbars like most people seem to.I dont see the reason behind yelling that someone is a crook simply because one disagrees with an issue.Those of you who seem to lean that direction ought to take a course in anger management. I realized when checking my toolbars recently,that at this time the only conduit toolbar Im using is the Christmas music toobar.the others are not conduit.conduit isn the only toolbar creator.avast internet security catches any program that attemps to pass in bundled installs and warns me and I click delete then the install this is probably why Im safe.i agree that conduit can be a problem.the article above actually asks.”is conduit malicious”? the answers,”no its not”..but I dont see people here taking issue with that.when downloading toolbars be careful.theyre not all good but not all bad.the google toolbar isnt malicious but its still a toolbar,,same with yahoo and many others.there are conduit toolbars I will use and many I wont…I learned from using experience .

  13. John says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    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 !

  14. Sandy says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 pm


    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.

  15. Serge says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 6:39 am

    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).

  16. drenman says:
    November 14th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    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.

  17. John says:
    December 14th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    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.

  18. karen says:
    December 29th, 2013 at 6:07 am

    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

  19. SabrinaMD says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    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

  20. zebuddi says:
    April 6th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    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 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”)

  21. Idriss says:
    February 13th, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Thank if work sheet if dosnt work

  22. ADi says:
    February 22nd, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Thanx, for this nice post ….thank you. i will try i also affected with this spyware.

  23. antivirus says:
    February 27th, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Thanks a lot, I was able to remove the conduit search engine.

  24. ragpicker says:
    May 21st, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Why do we have to pay to remove Conduit. How do we remove it free

  25. Melissa says:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Great tip, worked just fine. That browser was annoying me for a long time.

  26. ragpicker says:
    May 21st, 2013 at 11:37 am

    how did you do it

  27. bob says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    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.”

  28. Linda says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    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

  29. Someone. says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I just… Conduit sucks. End of story.

  30. Sites like this make me sick says:
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    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.

  31. ella says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 5:39 am

    thank you for your help! the about:config method was simple and worked perfectly!!

  32. throsorator says:
    June 7th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    what is this method,? thanks.

  33. Vivere est cogitare says:
    June 9th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    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”.

  34. Spongbob says:
    June 10th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    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.

  35. TheBookThief says:
    July 15th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    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?!

  36. David.S says:
    January 16th, 2014 at 5:26 am

    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

  37. George says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I have an iMac G5 infected with on Safari.I would like to get rid of this annoying redundant software used for advertisement.

  38. bob says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you….simple instructions and worked like a charm for me!!!!!

  39. bob says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    FYI…i used the advanced directions with config command….and it worked. didnt buy anything either.

  40. sushil says:
    August 20th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    i performed quick scan usin anti malware but ie did not removes

  41. deborah v says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    also try resetting your browsers I got conduit out of my system that way , at least i hope so

  42. quasimodo says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    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.

  43. Misja says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    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!

  44. Reivax says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 1:55 am

    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.

  45. Jay Fogarty says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for your directions, they were exhaustive and worked well, quickly. Saved me!

  46. 663393033 says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    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.

  47. Des says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    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.

  48. Bea says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    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.

  49. steve says:
    December 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    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.

  50. Serge says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 6:25 am

    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

  51. Dolla says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    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. 🙂

  52. Tim says:
    November 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  53. Scat says:
    December 23rd, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    love it! thanks!!

  54. Castra says:
    January 17th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Stopzilla fixed it!! Finally. The most annoying thing ever.

  55. Aerf says:
    February 10th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    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

  56. sarah says:
    February 15th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I used Malwarebytes to fully remove conduit from my computer after several tries at manual removal.

  57. Kevin Dallakian says:
    February 19th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    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”

  58. Dwight Stegall says:
    March 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    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.

  59. Conduit and STOPzilla are in the same boat says:
    May 12th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    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.

  60. Security Guy says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for this article!

  61. domniqueberry05 says:
    July 29th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    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

  62. Denise says:
    December 13th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I have followed some of this advice and now I cannot open additional browser tabs. What a mess!

  63. Melvin says:
    April 13th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    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.

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