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How to Remove Search Protected by Conduit? (Conduit Hijacking Removal Guide)


If you have suspected the unknown program—Search Protected by Conduit you found in your control panel or your start-up manager is some form of malware? You don’t know whether it is malicious and dangerous, and even don’t know how it was installed?

All of these mentioned issues will be figured out in this article. Please read on.

As increasing number of users reflect that they have been frustrated by the Conduit hijacking on their browser and the unfamiliar app Search Protected by Conduit and Conduit Toolbar somehow installing on the control panel for a long time, it is a matter of urgency to remove they and know what they are.


What is Search Protected by Conduit?


Search Protected by Conduit is a potentially unwanted program (collectively PUP) used to prevent any other browser hijacker from modifying your default browser settings expect for Conduit browser hijacker. It is delivered by Conduit. LTD company and always installs onto computer along with Conduit Toolbar (another program of the company).




Where Does It Come From?


It can be said without exaggeration that Search Protected by Conduit is one of the most common programs for suspicious discovered in peoples’ control panel since it is widespread but is not as malicious as real virus.

Search Protected by Conduit is bundled with most of XX Toolbar and other free downloads from the internet sneaking into computer. It is not identical with other additional offers contained in the installation of downloads; you cannot opt out it as it is a necessary accessory of certain Toolbar or Browser Hijacker. So dose Conduit Toolbar.

As for those xx Toolbar and free downloads adding Search Protected by Conduit to their installation, they are almost from a well-known site– You may download these third party program by accident, or get infected with Search Protected by Conduit when install some useful and famous software.

We list the prgrams that have found to install Search Protected by Conduit onto your PC for your reference:

OMG Music Toolbar, SuperFast PC Toolbar, Freemium 2 Toolbar, MyWebSearch Toolbar, Systweak Toolbar, Cricbuzz Toolbar, Download Energy Toolbar, VAF Music Toolbar, Mini001 Toolbar, SearchFlyBar2 Toolbar, SearchMe Toolbar, SweetPacks Toolbar, VisualBee Toolbar, Midicair Toolbar, TOP10, Appbario18 Toolbar, Mixi.Dj Toolbar , Yontoo Toolbar, Freecause Toolbar, KeyBar Toolbar, Delta Search Toolbar, BrowserPlus2 Toolbar, OurWorld Toolbar, vGrabber Toolbar, iPumper Toolbar, Travelocity Toolbar, Entrusted Toolbar, Google Webhp Conduit Hijacker , Social Search Toolbar, DivX Browser Bar Toolbar, Internet Helper Toolbar, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, Conduit Toolbar, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, Oople Toolbar, etc.

Once your PC got this PUP, you’d better keep an eye on the trace of PUP displayed above.


Is it Safe to Keep It in Computer?


To be honest, Search Protected by Conduit is not a security program. When you find it on your control panel or start-up manager, it means that there must be one or several Toolbar and/or browser hijackers in your PC.

Here we show the malicious traits of this PUP for you below.

  • * Install browser hijackers on your PC, leading to a series of default browser settings changes.
  • The common hijacker is Conduit.
    • • Conduit Hijacker redirects your homepage, startup page and new tab page to the homepage will come back to after the malicious one appears several seconds).
    • • Conduit Hijacker talters your search provider. In addition, the browser hijacker will rearrange your webpage. As a result, you will see more transitional ads, various links and strange websites ranks.
    • • Last but not least, malicious extensions may be added into your browser for ads popping up and information collecting.
  • * Install along with other PUP including Toolbar, browser hijacker, and malware.
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  • * Configure your system startup and add its malicious program to your start-up manager so that it can automatically run in the background and reinstall even it be removed.



How to Remove Search Protected by Conduit


–Effective method for the removal of Search Protected by Conduit

Step 1→ Uninstall Search Protected by Conduit and any other unknown and dubious program
Step 2→ Remove PUP.Conduit and other virus infections hidden in your PC
Step 3→ Remove Conduit hijacking from IE, FF and Google Chrome
Step 4→ Remove Search Protected by Conduit start-up items and services
Step 5→ Clean up leftovers of Search Protected by Conduit and optimize your PC



Step 1→ Uninstall Search Protected by Conduit and any other unknown and dubious program


Option 2 is designed for those feel difficult to distinguish all of PUP including Toolbar and browser hijacker installing along with Search Protected by Conduit and remove them completely.



Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel


Note: To ensure your PC is free from potentially unwanted programs, you’d better get rid of Search Protected by Conduit and other PUPs installing along with it.


Option 1 Uninstall it from control panel


For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for Search Protected by Conduit and any other dubious program, select it and click Remove.



For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for Search Protected by Conduit and any other dubious program, select it and click Uninstall/Change.


For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for Search Protected by Conduit and any other dubious program, select it and click Uninstall/Change.


Option 2 Uninstall Search Protected by Conduit by using Anvi Uninstaller(a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster)


The tool Anvi Uninstaller contained in Cloud System Booster( system maintaining&optimizing software ) specializes in removing various programs installing in your PC. The “Recently Installed” tab can help those who can’t distinguish PUP to easily get rid of them as it tracks back to the time around Search Protected by Conduit installing.

Before uninstalling, please close all your browsers.

1. Please install Cloud System Booster first.(Download Link:


2. After installing, open it and click Toolbox just below the interface, and then click Anvi Uninstaller to download it within several senconds; and then run it.



3. Switch to the Recently Installed tab to remove Search Protected by Conduit and any other dubious programs. ( Please SkipCreate System Restore Points” when remove)



Step 2→ Remove PUP.Conduit and other virus infections hidden in your PC


Due to PUP like Search Protected by Conduit going to computer packaged with freeware installers and other 3rd party software, it can’t be avoid that those freeware installers still carry other viruses and infections, even they can’t be removed from control panel or can’t be traced. Under this circumstance, you need use your antivirus software like Anvi Smart Defender to detect and remove these malicious malware and PUP.Conduit as well as give you a prompt protection.

Please install Anvi Smart Defender(download:,Purchase: firstly. And then run it for a quick or full scam of your system. Remove all of the malicious files after the scam finished.


Besides, The antivirus software Anvi Smart Defender will give you a 24 hours web guard trying best to detect any malicious websites opened and popped up on your PC.

Anvi Smart Defender warns you that you are opening the malicious websites that contains unsafe and malicious code.



Step 3→ Remove Conduit hijacking from IE, FF and Google Chrome


For the case Conduit hijacking cannot be removed from browser and that browser extension may reinstall after restart the browser, please use Anvi Slim Toolbar to remove it instead of manually removing it.



Automatically remove Conduit hijacking with Anvi Slim Toolbar


This tool Anvi Slim ToolBar is designed to remove browser add-ons and repair browser damages including homepage and search engine redirects. With one click to recovery your default browser settings.


1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.


Download link:

Purchase link:


2. Remove toolbars from browsers


After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select dubious extensiions such as Conduit and PassShow and others you what to remove, and then click Remove button to remove them.



3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.


In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.



Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.




–Or you can choose manually remove it




1. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, change the malicious domain to the one you prefer, like and hit Apply and then click on OK.


ie homepage


2. Go to Tools> Manage Add-ons> Search Providers, right click on Bing or others and select Set as default, and then right click on malicious search providers such as SearchFlyBar2 Customized Web Search, click on Remove. (the order for removing can’t be reversed absolutely)


3. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, find the Tabs area, click on Settings, click on the button under “When a new tab is opened, open:”, select A blank page and hit OK to complete the operation.

4. Click on Tools( For Windows XP )/gear icon B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( For Windows 7 ) at the upper-right corner of the Window, and the click on Manage add-ons. Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click dubious extensions such as  SearchFlyBar2 Toolbar and then click on Disable.





1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Options and switch to the General Tab. Then click on Restore to Default, hit OK to recovery your default homepage.



2. Click the down arrow next to the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines…, select malicious search providers such as SearchFlyBar2 Customized Web Search and other unknown search engines and click Remove



3. 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. And then 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.



4. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Add-ons and switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Remove to get rid of dubious extensions such as SearchFlyBar2 extension .





1. Go to wrench or three bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5, click on Settings, and then come to On startup tab, select Open the new tab pages and click Set pages.


When Startup pages pops up, remove by clicking X behind it.

homepage 1


2. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then change into or any one you prefer.

homepage 2


3. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines.

gg search engine


Then remove malicious search engines by clicking X behind them and click Make default behind Google to set it as your default engine.

gg search engine 2


4. Go to wrench or 3 bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5(next to the address bar), click on Tools and then click on Extensions. Locate dubious extensions such as SearchFlyBar2 and then remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.



Step 4→ Remove Search Protected by Conduit start-up items and services


To disable Conduit program launching along with the boot of Windows OS and prevent Search Protected by Conduit and the related browser hijacker that have been removed from coming back and reinstall, it is necessary to finish this step.

To solve the issues mentioned above, please use msconfig (a Windows OS management program) to help you to edit and manage the configuration files.


Click Start( left bottom of screen)>input msconfig or msconfig.exe in the Search programs and files bar> find and click it to run.



Come to Service tab, uncheck the object files, click Apply and OK successively to finish the operation. ( the picture is displayed below )



Then please click Restart to apply these changes.

Next, please switch to Startup tab, and do the same operation to disable the Couduit and other malicious object files.




Step 5→ Clean up leftovers of Search Protected by Conduit and optimize your PC


To ensure the completely removal of Search Protected by Conduit, we need to clean up all of its leftovers including its residual error and invalid registry entries as well as junk files.


1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster system maintenance & optimizer software.

Download link:

Purchase link:


2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.



3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.



That’s all


Keep your disk drivers clean


After a longtime of use, your disk drives must carry a heavy load. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.

Free download:


After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.




What I Should DO in Future

( to avoid being infected with Search Protected by Conduit in the future)

To ensure be safe on in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs that share the common with distribution.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups, for details, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker, or you can choose to Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online to block malicious websites.

2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.

3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.

4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.

5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.


For any question, please leave it below.