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Remove Conduit virus (Removal Instructions) - 2019 update

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Conduit virus is one of the most prominent browser hijackers that changes web browser settings to serve affiliated content

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Conduit virus is one of the most widely-spread potentially unwanted programs (PUP) that falls into the browser hijacker[1] category. It is associated with a variety of toolbars that gained immense popularity since its creation in 2010. However, the PUP usually is injected into computers with the help of bundled software,[2] so users often wonder where the unwanted application came from.

Questions about Conduit virus

As soon as Conduit is installed, it assigns as web browser's homepage and new tab address, as well as a customized search engine. Additionally, keep in mind that there are multiple versions of the hijacker, which might use different domains[3]. They are listed below.

Name Conduit
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium
Versions;;; Trovi;; Search Protect; Google WebHP; IWinstore; 
Symptoms Users encounter modifications of the browser, including altered startup page, new tab URL, and default search engine. Also, it might significantly slow down the browser's activity and cause network-related issues.
Distribution It is distributed as a toolbar in software-bundles
Elimination You can uninstall Conduit virus now with a professional removal tool, like Reimage

Because the unwanted application is included in software bundles, Conduit hijack is usually sudden and unexpected. Once it settles in on the device and makes crucial modifications to the system, it might set one of these domains as a default search engine:


When Search Conduit Toolbar is installed on Chrome, Firefox or another web browser, users might have to deal with countless unpleasant experiences. The main problem is altered browser’s settings and inability to switch back to a previously set homepage, default search engine, and new tab. However, the hijacker might also display tons of online ads and cause browser slowdowns.

Nevertheless, Conduit Search usually redirects to Bing search page; redirects to third-party websites might still occur. Besides, some versions of the hijacker might provide altered search results too. Once you click on a particular link in the results page, you might end up an unknown website that has nothing in common with the content you are looking for.

Conduit virus illustration
Conduit is a virus which alters browser's settings and redirects to suspicious domains.

This program is 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 suspicious programs. Thus, 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 an unknown website.

Despite how innocent these activities by Conduit virus might look, users can encounter the following consequences in the long-run:

  • Sudden malware infiltration;
  • Browser slowdowns;
  • Never-ending offers to enter fake surveys;
  • Financial and private data losses.

While this virus is not as dangerous as rogue anti-spyware or ransomware, you should remove Conduit virus from the system. It is especially recommended if it has appeared on the system out of nowhere. You can get Reimage or another reliable security software to help you with the procedure.

Additionally, there is a possibility to perform manual Conduit removal. For that, we highly recommend following the instructions at the end of this article to avoid any potential dangers which might occur due to improper uninstallation of the browser hijacker.

The list of Conduit Search virus versions virus virus. It is one of the versions released by the developers of Conduit virus. The contrivers aim to fill the browsing sessions with intrusive ads which help them generate pay-per-click revenue. In other terms, users who click on suspicious ads help the developers of PUPs earn profits from popular marketing schemes. 

Using this search engine might end up with more than a diminished browsing experience. You might be redirected to potentially dangerous websites that were created for spreading malware or other cyber crimes. Thus, removal is necessary. virus virus. The browser hijacker might affect the most popular web browsers, including, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. Nevertheless, the hijack is always unexpected and silent; overlooking this attack is impossible. The virus replaces the current search engine to its domain.

Conduit virus picture
Conduit virus operates as a fraudulent search engine which displays modified query results.

To stay longer on the affected web browser, the hijacker might modify Windows Registry entries, alter various shortcuts and browser’s settings. However, Conduit Search removal is necessary to avoid browsing-related problems and protecting your online privacy. redirect redirect. This suspicious search engine might take control of various browsers and stop users from accessing their preferred search engines from the startup page. The purpose of this tool is to generate advertising-based revenue for the developers. For this reason, it might alter search results and redirect to third-parties.

However, these redirects might end up with malware or phishing attack. Thus, users are recommended to get rid of the hijacker as soon as they find it on the browser.


Trovi. The browser hijacker might cause undesired changes on the affected web browsers. The virus might replace default search engine with, homepage, new tab URL address and display ads or sponsored links on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers.

Conduit virus example
In the picture: Trovi Search - one of the Conduit virus variants.

Even though this search tool is advertised as a tool that provides “enhanced online search experience,” it’s not friendly for the users. Due to the increased amount of online ads, users cannot find the necessary information and might end up on high-risk websites. redirect redirect. The hijacker was first spotted in the middle of 2015. However, it still spreads via software bundles and causes browsing-related problems to the users. Just like all the mentioned hijackers, this one might also set its domain as default search engine to generate advertising-based profits.

Removal of this hijacker is also necessary because it might track various information about users. Nevertheless, aggregated data is non-personally identifiable; it might even be shared with unknown third-parties or advertising networks.

Conduit virus version
Conduit virus might set your default search engine to

Search Protect

Search Protect. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) might end up on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or another browser after incorrect installation of freeware. After the infiltration, it typically sets as default search engine. By altering Windows Registry and shortcuts, this hijacker strengthens its presence and makes removal quite a challenging task.

The hijacker is also known for its ability to track information about users and using it for advertising reasons. Thus, when this PUP shows up on the browser, you can expect seeing lots of ads, pop-ups or suffering from annoying redirects.

Google WebHP virus

Google WebHP virus. After the infiltration, this browser hijacker sets the corrupted version of the Google as a default search engine. Therefore, users may not suspect the attack. However, if you noticed an increased amount of online ads or suffer from redirects, you have to make sure that your homepage is not set to or

These search tools are capable of including paid links at the top of the search results page. The problem is that some of these links lead to inappropriate or even potentially dangerous websites. Thus, the elimination of this potentially dangerous app is necessary.

Conduit Google WebHP virus
Google WebHP virus looks like original homepage of Google.

IWinstore Toolba

IWinstore Toolbar. The application is promoted as a useful browser extension and is actively spread via software packages. However, its installation cause numerous problems, such as the homepage set to,, or; redirects to suspicious websites and data tracking.

Instead of enhancing the browsing experience, the toolbar works as a browser hijacker and benefits developers’ needs. It might display personalized commercial content and trick users into clicking misleading ads. Besides, it might trigger redirects to questionable websites.


PUP.Optional.Conduit is a generic detection of any type of browser extension or a toolbar that derived from the Conduit platform. Just as any other version of the virus, it usually uses tricky ways to enter users' machines, such as advertisements on third-party sites or bundled software.

Once installed PUP.Optional.Conduit changes the settings of Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, or another browser to predetermined ones. Unfortunately, but users cannot go back to the previously used browser until the unwanted application is deleted.

Due to a customized search engine, users are often presented with search results that are filled with sponsored links. Once clicked, users are redirected to affiliates' sites, artificially increasing their rankings, as well as profits.

Depending on what type of the unwanted program PUP.Optional.Conduit is associated, its removal process might differ. However, we always recommend scanning your device with reputable anti-malware software that incorporates the PUP detection feature.

Conduit virus - PUP.Optional.Conduit
PUP.Optional.Conduit is a generic detection for any type of Conduit toolbar, extension or an application.

Freeware and shareware installers hold more than it is displayed

A vast of people have no idea about the potential dangers which are lurking inside the installers of free and third-party software. Some developers agree to include potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) in their additional components of the applications to gain pay-per-install[4] revenue. 

Likewise, unsuspecting users have no idea about the browser hijacker which is installed alongside the original software. Fortunately, there are ways how you can avoid this unfair distribution technique that is employed by the contrivers all across the world.

First, you should be very careful when downloading the following programs:

  • Video recording software;
  • Download managers;
  • PDF creators;
  • System optimization tools.

Typically, when installing freeware on your computer, you should find the checkbox, which notifies about Conduit and un-check 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, instead of Quick/Recommended.

The easiest way to uninstall Conduit virus

Our experts not only advise you to stay away from suspicious toolbars but also remove Conduit virus if it was installed on your system. For that, we strongly encourage you employing professional security tools to help you with the elimination procedure.

Although, you can find manual Conduit removal instructions down below. By following them, you have to terminate all hijacker-related entries and reset each of the browser installed on your PC. Computer users from Spain can also find manual removal guidelines in their language on our partner’s site Los Virus.[5]

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Conduit virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Conduit from Windows systems

Follow these steps to remove suspicious programs from Windows OS:

  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 Conduit and related programs
    Here, look for Conduit 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 Conduit 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.

Delete Conduit 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 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'

Erase Conduit from Internet Explorer (IE)

These guidelines will help you to wipe out all hijacker-related extensions and toolbars from Internet Explorer:

  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 Conduit 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 Conduit removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Conduit virus from Microsoft Edge

After the hijack, you should reset Mozilla Firefox to stop all suspicious activities on 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, Conduit should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Conduit from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of Firefox extensions and remove all entries that are related to Conduit, such as Search Protect, IWinstore toolbar, Conduit Search toolbar and similar.

  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 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
  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 Conduit removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Conduit from Google Chrome

To eliminate Conduit Search from Google Chrome, you have to uninstall unknown toolbars or extensions and reset the browser.

  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 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
  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 Conduit removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Ed says:
    March 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    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..

  2. Curtis says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    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!

  3. felix says:
    April 29th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    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.

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