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How to Remove Internet Helper Toolbar and Search.conduit.com Redirect?

 

Noticed a strange “Internet” toolbar on your installed browser and you are constantly being redirected to search.conduit.com? Wonder how and when this virus gets on your computer and how to remove it? This article will tell about this virus and offer a detailed guide on how to remove it. Read on.

 

What Is Intern Helper Toolbar?

 

Similar to WhiteSmoke Toolbar, Oople Toolbar, Mixi.DJ Toolbar, Internet Helper Toolbar is a browser toolbar developed by Conduit Ltd and they all will cause the internet browser being redirect to search.conduit.com, so they are classified as PUP (potentially unwanted program) or browser hijacker.

Once it sneaks into your computer, it will not only add Internet Helper toolbar to your installed browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome), also it changes the homepage and new tab page to search.conduit.com, and the default search engine to Internet helper Customized Web Search (search.conduit.com) without your knowledge and consent.

IE-search.conduit.com homepage

The installer of Internet Helper Toolbar has bundled many other applications such as Registry Mechanic, TuneUp Utilities 2013 and Wajam. These programs are not so popular among computer users.

 

How Does Internet Helper Toolbar Infect a Computer?

 

Commonly, Internet Helper Toolbar can be downloaded and installed willingly from its official websites or other website. But, in most instances, it is bundled with other freeware, such as video conversion program, video streaming and download-manager. When you install such programs, you will also agree to install Internet Helper Toolbar and set search.conduit.com as your homepage and default search engine. Please always opt for custom/advanced installation that you can deselect unwanted applications and settings.

Spam email is also widely used to distribute malware, so please do not open and download attachments, or click on links containing in an email from unknown resource.

 

How to Remove Internet Helper Toolbar and Search.conduit.com Redirect?

 

                                                                                                                         

The outline of removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall Internet Helper Toolbar and Related Programs through Control Panel

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damage to your browser

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

Step 4 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

                                                                                                                         

 

Step 1 Uninstall Internet Helper Toolbar and  Related Programs through Control Panel

Windows 8: move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate applications published by conduit and Internet Helper Toolbar → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Or, move the mouse pointer to bottom left corner → right click onHot button → select Control Panel from the list → Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate applications published by conduit and Internet Helper Toolbar → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Windows 7/Vista: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → Locate applications published by conduit and Internet Helper Toolbar → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Internet Helper Toolbar uninstall-control panel

Windows XP: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → search for applications published by conduit and Internet Helper Toolbar → Click on Remove button to remove them one by one

 

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damages to your browser

 

In most cases, after uninstalling this application, the extension added would have been removed. In order to have your web browser work correctly again, you should go through the steps below to check and restore your browser settings.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT176960&octid=CT176960&SearchSource=61&CUI=UN29729786561320125&UM=2&UP=SP5B89F965-9E88-447E-A82C-52EB9471BADE with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

ie-homepage

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → click on Conduit Ltd. → right click on Internet helper Toolbar → choose Disable All in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

IE-extension

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click Internet helper Customized Web Search → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

IE-search provider

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated or you can’t find the items mentioned above, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

 

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

 

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

 

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

ie-reset

4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To remove extensions: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove Internet helper Toolbar

 

2. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

3. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate Internet helper Customized Web Search → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

Firefox-search engine

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

firefox-reset-1

 

2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

firefox-reset-2

 

3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

 

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT176960&octid=CT176960&SearchSource=61&CUI=UN29729786561320125&UM=2&UP=SP5B89F965-9E88-447E-A82C-52EB9471BADE by clicking the X at the end of the bar

Chrome-startup page

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome-homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove Conduit from the list

chrome search engine

Chrome-search engine

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → locate Internet helper Toolbar or any other suspicious extensions → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

 

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-scan

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Slim toolbar-trash bin

 

4. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

 

Step 4 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

 

After remove Internet helper Toolbar, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

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

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Now, Internet Helper toolbar and search.conduit.com should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encounter any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Recommended—Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser

 

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on.

Internet Explorer: turn on the Pop-up blocker in IE

IE-pop-up blocker

Mozilla Firefox: click on the orange Firefox button → select Options → go to Security tab → check all the items above Passwords

FF-security setting

Google Chrome: click on Settings → hit Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page → check all the useful items, especially Enable phishing and malware protection

Chrome-security setting

And you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you to land on malicious websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

Anvi Ad Blocker