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How to Remove PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search (Search.conduit.com Redirect)?

 

Suffering from search.conduit.com redirect and a PHPNuke toolbar get installed without your permission? In this article, we will guide you to remove PHPNuke toolbar and restore your browser settings.

 

 

About PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search

 

 

PHPNuke Toolbar is a browser extension and plugin that has been bundled with Conduit Search. Once installed, it will add PHPNuke toolbar to your web browser, and set PHPNuke Search (Search.conduit.com) as your homepage, startup page and new tab page. You will find out that the search provider of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox has been changed to PHPNuke Customized Web Search, and Chrome to Conduit. No matter what name it is, your search results are provided by search.conduit.com.

search.conduit.com redirect

 

Usually, there would be some other adware program being bundled with PHPNuke Toolbar, such as PriceGong. And Search Protect usually settles down on your computer along with PHPNuke toolbar as well.

Search Protect

 

PHPNuke Customized Web Search (Search.conduit.com) is an ad-supported search engine that displays advertisements randomly every time when you land on this website and presents ads and sponsored links in your search results. In order to feed you more precise advertisements, it may collect the search terms from your search queries.

 

PHPNuke Toolbar is technically not a virus, but computer users rank low in acceptance of this software due to its stealthy behaviors like installing itself without obvious notification and tampering with your browser settings. What’s more, you may find out that webpages are extremely slow to load and your computer performs more slowly as well. So in that sense, most of computer users want to remove this browser toolbar and it is classified as PUP (Potentially unwanted program) by the industry.

 

 

How to Remove PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                            

Outline of the removal guide:

     Step 1 > Scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

     Step 2 > Uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar and related suspicious programs

     Step 3 > Remove residual damages from your internet browser

     Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

 

Step 1 > Scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

 

Conduit Toolbar creates malicious files and overwrites registry entries when get installed. And, as mentioned above, it may exposes your computer to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender from the link below.

Anvi Smart Defender free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

2. Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting

ASD-settings

 

3. Go to Scan tap → perform a Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button

Anvi Smart Defender-scan result

 

 

Step 2 > Uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar and related suspicious programs

 

PHPNuke Toolbar often comes bundled with other applications, so you need uninstall not only PHPNuke Toolbar but also other suspicious programs that installed around the time your computer is infected by PHPNuke Toolbar. Make sure that PHPNuke Toolbar for IESearch Protect and Internet Updater be uninstalled.

 

Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

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

 

2.To uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar and related malicious program:

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate malicious application under Recently Installed tab → hit Uninstall to remove

Please search for and uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar for IESearch Protect, Search Protect by conduit and any other unwanted or unknown applications that installed around the time your computer is infected by this toolbar.

uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar 1

A confirmation window may show up as shown below. Check Remove the toolbar and click on OK button.

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

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

Next Step—Remove residual damages from your internet browser

 

 

Option 2 > Uninstall manually through Control Panel

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar for IESearch Protect, Internet Updater and related malicious programs

uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall PHPNuke Toolbar for IESearch Protect, Internet Updater and related malicious programs

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove PHPNuke Toolbar for IESearch Protect, Internet Updater and related malicious programs

 

A confirmation window may show up as shown below. Check Remove the toolbar and click on OK button.

Systweak toolbar-uninstall 2

 

 

Step 3 > Remove residual damages from your internet browser

 

Anvi Slim Toolbar is a tool developed to enable you to manage extensions and toolbars on your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) simultaneously. With Anvi Slim Toolbar you can modify the homepage and default search engine of your installed web browser easily.

Or, you can restore browser settings manually.

 

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

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

 

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

AppMarket extension removal

 

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.

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Restore Center

 

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

 

 

Remove residual damages from your internet browser manually

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

 

 

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/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

IE homepage settings

 

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 PHPNuke Toolbar → choose Disable All in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

PHPNuke on IE

 

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

 

That’s all for the removal of PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search (Search.conduit.com) redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer on your computer.

Next—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

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

 

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

PHPNuke Customized Web Search on Firefox

 

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

PHPNuke on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → locate any suspicious plugin → Click on Disable button

 

That’s all for the removal of PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search (Search.conduit.com) redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer and/or Firefox on your computer.

Next—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

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

Chrome-settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://search.conduit.com/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

Search.conduit.com hijacked 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 a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove Conduit from the list by clicking the recycle bin

Chrome-search engine

 

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

PHPNuke on Chrome

 

Now, PHPNuke Toolbar and PHPNuke Search (search.conduit.com) redirect should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

Please note that after uninstall malicious programs, there will be many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.

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

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on Quick Care button to scan and clear residual files.

 

3. Click on Clear button when scan finished.

Cloud System Booster 3.2-Clear

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips                  

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, PHPNuke Toolbar sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. 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. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

Browser hijackers like PHPNuke Toolbar may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)