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Remove Conduit Search Toolbar and Search.conduit.com Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


Conduit search hijacks your web search? Search protect by conduit invades your system, and settled to redirect you to conduit search all the time? Toolbar sneaks in to interrupt your online surfing? In this article you will get more on how to get rid conduit search redirect and prevent multiple ways of its intrusion.

Overview

Conduit Search redirects or hijacking often come as a consequence of installing some PUPs, toolbars in particular. These PUPs or toolbars are mostly owned by Conduit LLD. Conduit search is not strictly a virus but a browser hijacker. It does show multiple malicious traits, referred to as PUP.optional.conduit by the industry.

It is distributed in a sneaky way, somehow coming bundled with other toolbars or potentially unwanted programs makes it a abrupt thing to trigger our vigilance.

Conduit search replaces the web homepage and default search provider without any consent. By this hijacking, annoying feel due to interruption for normal web search use booms to make it like a virus thing that is urgent to remove.

Despite that conduit search tries to show itself as a real search provider, it does serve as an ads-promoter via displaying extra multiple ads under the search box and promoting website ranking using blackhat SEO techniques. In most cases, it would redirect you to its sponsored links, most of which are unsocialized.

In some cases, Conduit Search would also show as google.com/webhp to hide itself if the user pay less attention to detailed info on the URL of the search result. In such a case, the search.conduit.com looks the same as your local Google search as usual, except the adding “webhp” suffix.

 webhp conduit

The truth is revealed here:

conduit-webhp-hijack-delta-search-chrome-2

 

From time to time Conduit Search also utilizes reputable search provider like Yahoo, Bing to provide real search results by Yahoo or Bing to hide its real purpose. Inexperienced users can not detect conduit search with ease. However, if you check the browser settings, the truth will be revealed like shows below:

Yahoo-conduit-startup-page-removal-from-Chorme

 Not only does it interrupt normal web search, but also it will drag the web browsing speed since more ads need to load. Furthermore, Conduit Search together the bundling PUP will even mess up the system, leading to a very sluggish system.

 Conduit search related toolbars or PUP like ValueAPPs threaten your online privacy. Javascript code of Conduit search is detected added to your frequent used website. That means your important information like user account and password is recorded. Your online security is AT RISK with Conduit Search. See blow picture:

conduit script inject in Firefox

Note: if this pop up once appear within your web browser, select No. And then follow below removal guide to instantly get rid of this Conduit thing. At the same time, make sure to change the passwords of your important account used in the web browser.

Search.conduit.com replaces the homepage and default search provider often comes along with some toolbars or PUPs, for example:

Delta Search Toolbar, Conduit Toolbar, Sweetpacks ToolbarConnect Toolbar, Mixi.DJ Search, WhiteSmoke ToolbarSystweak ToolbarCricbuzz Toolbar, Download Energy Toolbar, VAF Music ToolbarMini001 ToolbarSearchFlyBar2 Toolbar, SearchMe Toolbar, VisualBee ToolbarMidicair toolbarTOP10 toolbarAppbario18 toolbar, Yontoo toolbarFreecause ToolbarKeyBar Toolbar, BrowserPlus2 toolbarOurWorld ToolbarvGrabber ToolbariPumper ToolbarTravelocity community toolbar, Entrusted ToolbarSocial Search toolbarDivX Browser BarInternet Helper ToolbarOople Toolbar, Value Apps, MyWebSearch, Wajam, etc.

Is Conduit Search a virus? 

 

Technically Conduit Search or search.conduit.com is not a virus, but a browser hijacker. However, this doesn’t mean it is safe to use. With Conduit Search, you will get your normal web search jeopardized from those constant redirects and excessive advertisements. Honestly, it is hard to tell whether these redirects or advertisements are safe places to go. Not to mention that if you use Conduit search, it will record your search habit so as to display more related advertisements.

The image of conduit search hijacking

search conduit hijacker in firefox

 

For either reason, Conduit Search would be not a good thing to keep. However, many users who repair the hijacked web homepage and search engine but just find the conduit search come back.

If you also encounter the conduit search.com, or just find it stubborn to remove, below is a removal guide to help you get rid of Conduit Search hijacker once and for all.

 

—To stay far away from Conduit Search browser hijacker, you can take below measures into practice for precaution:

♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser (see detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome). Or you can also make full use of some tool like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware .

♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.

♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.

♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.

♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the bundling software.

Please note, if the PUP causes some browser search redirect or hijacking like this search.conduit.com redirect, uninstall the PUP and the software would not repair your changed browser settings. To heal the browser search, you need to do manual repair at the same time.

 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Conduit Search Redirects (Search.conduit.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

 

Step 1. Remove hidden components using antimalware tool

Step 2. Remove related PUP from computer

Step 3. Remove search.conduit.com/conduit search from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block malicious websites and advertisements using Anvi Ad Blocker

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Step 1. Remove hidden components using antimalware tool

 

To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

Antimalware Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

ASD scan result of conduit search hijacker

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

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Step 2. Remove related PUP from computer

 

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Conduit, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of search.conduit.com on your web browser.

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Option 1. Automatic Uninstall

 

Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster. (Safe download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html)

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

Anvi Uninstaller

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker. Below are some PUPs reported so far to associate with Conduit:

BrowserProtect, Search Protect by Conduit, Value Apps, Delta Search, Sweetpacks, Mixi.DJ, Conduit Toolbar, Internet Helper, VAF music Toolbar, Connect Bar toolbar for IE, MyPC Backup, Monogenie, Visualbee, Yontoo, Freecause, KeyBar, Travelocity Community toolbar, Social Search, Oople toolbar, Divx Browser Bar, Download Energy toolbar, Cricbuzz toolbar,  MyWebSearch, Wajam, etc.

 

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled

Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:  http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel

 

Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:

For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

Search protect by conduit uninstall

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker. Below are some PUPs reported so far to associate with Conduit:

BrowserProtect, Search Protect by Conduit, Delta Search, Sweetpacks, Mixi.DJ, Conduit Toolbar, Internet Helper, VAF music Toolbar, Connect Bar toolbar for IE, MyPC Backup, Monogenie, Visualbee, Yontoo, Freecause, KeyBar, Travelocity Community toolbar, Social Search, Oople toolbar, Divx Browser Bar, Download Energy toolbar, Cricbuzz toolbar, Value Apps, MyWebSearch, Wajam, etc.

 

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

 

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Step 3. Remove search.conduit.com/Conduit Search from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

 

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users

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chromeReset Google Chrome

 

1. Remove extension

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate the item and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

Remove mixidj extension from chrome

 

2. Remove search.conduit.com startup page 

Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome

 

Then locate the item and click X to remove the url search.conduit.com.

remove search.conduit.com startup page from Chrome

3. Remove search.conduit.com homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.

remove conduit page from chrome

 

Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

Remove conduit search homepage from chrome2

4. Remove related search engine

Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.

Find Search area, click manage search engines… button to make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.

manage search engine

 

 

When finished, restart Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it.

remove mywebsearch extension from Firefox

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

remove conduit plugin from firefox

 

2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1

 

On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
firefox homepage reset

 

3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

remove  connect bar search engine from firefox

Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

 

4. Configure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration

 

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

 

Then,  on the appeared window, type Conduit in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

reset items changed by mywebsearch in Firefox

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer

 

1. Remove add-on 

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

 

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related or unwanted add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

 

2. Remove Search provider

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

 

3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE

 

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

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Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance

 

Some browser hijacker like Conduit Search would also inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit. Thus it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. To do so, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.

Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster

 

2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

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Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

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Step 5. Block malicious websites and advertisements using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

 

Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this search.conduit.com by adding the URL into its black list.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

If any question in the process, leave it below.