Homepage changed to search.conduit.com and Keybar toolbar attached to your IE/FF/Chrome? This article is going to detail on how to get rid of the Conduit Key Bar toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage, step by step.
What is Conduit Key Bar Toolbar and Search.conduit.com?
Among those mushrooming advertising software spread in the wild, Key Bar Toolbar by Conduit comes as another one annoying unwanted toolbar to the overwhelming majority of users out there. This Conduit Key Bar toolbar is categorized as a browser hijacker that will not only take over your web search by attaching its toolbar and modifying your web search settings like homepage changed to search.conduit.com, but also can track your online behaviors. Everyone should beware of the appearance of Conduit Key Bar toolbar and search.conduit.com hijacking within your web browser. It is important to know that the Conduit LLD owns a variety of advertising platforms including hundreds of toolbars, ads-related partners, etc.
It is advised to remove conduit search toolbar and homepage upon sight because it is not safe to use regarding privacy protection as well as smooth web searching.
The image of Conduit Key Bar Toolbar hijacking page
i. Excessive ads banners and popup ads will be delivered after the Conduit Key Bar toolbar installed. Not only will this disturb your web search but also drag the browsing speed.
ii. Conduit Keybar toolbar and conduit search hijacks your web browser by replacing your homepage and new tab to search.conduit.com, modifying the default search provider. Such hijacking and search redirects are annoying and unwanted for almost all users, actually.
iii. The ads delivered by Conduit Keybar Toolbar and conduit search may lead to unwanted or even risky downloads, dangerous redirects, malware infections. In my case of Keybar hijacking, many other ads-supporting platform like ib.adnxs.com, pricegong adware, Value Apps, etc, are found displaying various ads within the web browser hijacked by the toolbar and conduit search.
iv. Conduit Key Bar toolbar in web browser is installed in form of a browser extension, which can access to all data on the computer and the website you visit. It violates your online privacy.
v. Usually, Conduit Key Bar toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage hijacking comes as a result of installing some other freeware from the Internet. You may download some software that you think useful but finally find you have to get additional toolbar and search redirects unwanted.
Please note these freeware bundling unwanted toolbar like this Conduit Key Bar toolbar are usually recommended to remove. They are commonly software informer, download manager, media player, or masqueraded update of flash player/video player/java software, etc. Be aware.
vi. For recent months, conduit search has been found exploiting real search results by Google, Yahoo, Bing to confuse users. As such, this hijacking serves the sole purpose of advertising and tracking user’s web search despite that its hijacking and redirects degrade users experiences and violate user’s privacy.
For any reason above, Conduit Key Bar Toolbar is not a good thing to install or keep within web browser. If this happens, follow below removal guide to remove Key Bar toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage once and for all.
Similar Conduit toolbars and advertising apps:
Search Protect by Conduit, Whitesmoke Toolbar, Yontoo, Delta Search, Mixi.DJ, NvSTECH toolbar, uTorrentControl Toolbar, Hot MP3 toolbar, IsoBuster toolbar, Bitlord Toolbar, Produtools Toolbar, Share Buddy toolbar, PowerGamesBar Toolbar, OMG Music toolbar, SuperFast PC toolbar, Freemium 2 Toolbar, Mywebsearch toolbar, Value Apps, Conduit Toolbar, Systweak toolbar, Connect Toolbar, Cricbuzz toolbar, Download Energy toolbar, VAF music Toolbar, Mini001 Toolbar, SearchFlyBar2 Toolbar, SearchMe toolbar, SweetPacks toolbar, VisualBee toolbar, Midicair Toolbar, TOP10 toolbar, Appbario18 toolbar, Freecause Toolbar, KeyBar Toolbar, BrowserPlus2 toolbar, OurWorld Toolbar, vGrabber Toolbar, iPumper Toolbar, Travelocity community toolbar, entrusted Toolbar, Social Search toolbar, DivX Browser Bar toolbar, Intern Helper Toolbar, Oople Toolbar, WeLoveGames Toolbar, UpToDown Toolbar, Veoh Web Player toolbar, Fupa Games Toolbar, etc.
How to Get Rid of Conduit Key Bar Toolbar Hijacker and Search.conduit.com Redirect from IE/FF/Chrome (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)
This removal guide can apply to almost all conduit related toolbar and hijackers removal and repair. To completely remove this conduit Key Bar toolbar and search.conduit.com hijacking issues from your computer and web browser, please complete it in suggested order below.
Removal Guide Outlined:
Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware
To remove hidden components of this browser hijacker, 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:
1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender
Free version Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender to immune to future threats, you may upgrade it here. )
2. Close all programs and windows. Start the Anvi Smart Defender. 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.
Step 2. Uninstall Conduit Key Bar Toolbar and related PUP from computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to search.conduit.com redirects, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of search.conduit.com hijacking within your web browser.
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.
Free version download: 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. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP. Some reported to this Conduit Key Bar toolbar and conduit search hijacking are:
24×7 Help, Search Pretect by Conduit, Internet Updater, PC Fix Speed, Wajam, Value Apps, Trend Genius, Websteroids, MyPC Backup, PC utilities Pro, SearchProtect, BrowserProtect, PriceGong, etc.
Click OK to confirm the uninstall. If any other confirmation to uninstall is needed, process it properly to continue.
Then you will see below window
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
Option 2. Manually uninstall Conduit Key Bar Toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the Conduit Key Bar.
For Win 8 users: Click Windows key > Start Menu > Control Panel , Find and click Conduit Key Bar and other dubious program related, click Uninstall.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program, find and locate Conduit Key Bar and other dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, process it properly to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click Conduit Key Bar and other dubious programs related, and then right click the item to click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 3. Remove search.conduit.com homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
Choose an option your prefer below:
→ highly recommended for users using multiple web browsers
Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar
To remove search redirects from web browser, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar.
a. Download and install
Anvi Slim Toolbar download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html
b. Close all opened web browsers. Then start the program and click Manage on its main screen.
c. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list.
e. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.
After all done, reopen your web browser to check.
To remove extension →
To remove startup page →
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page
Locate it and click X to remove the search.conduit.com startup page.
To remove homepage →
To 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.
Then, make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove conduit search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.
When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.
To remove add-on →
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it.
Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find other unwanted plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.
To reset homepage →
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.
To 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…
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.
To 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.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Key Bar and conduit respectively 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.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
To remove add-on →
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on
Locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related 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.
To 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. )
To 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.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
Step 4. Remove Conduit Startup, Browser privacy data, Junks using Cloud System Booster
Some users may find that conduit search returns when restart after the repair, this is because that conduit will create a startup on Windows system once the program installed. Uninstall and browser repair will not automatically disable this startup or just delete it. Thus, it is necessary to disable this malicious startup or permanently delete it from your system to optimize and boost the system startup.
Besides, this Conduit search hijacker uses tracking cookies and other means to track browser search. It is also necessary to regularly clean these junks and maintain the system. In this regard, 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.
1. Download and install.
Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2. To disable/delete conduit startup using Cloud System Booster→
Start the program and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Startup Booster to Download and Run.
Locate the startup tab and find Search Protect by Conduit or any other startup related conduit. Click the right place shown in below picture to drag out the manage menu, click Delete to remove the startup.
To remove other junks and maintain system performance →
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.
2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.
Recommended for a slow PC→
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
Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads 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.
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.
If any question in the process, leave it below.
Tips to Prevent Conduit Key Bar Toolbar and Potential Adware/malware Infections
1. Use caution when browsing the Internet. 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. Plus, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would do a good job to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads.
Anvi Ad Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html.
See more details on Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker.
2. Key an eye on superlink clicks, downloads, updates, etc. Pay extra attention when you are required to download some browser updates, or adobe flash players, etc, which are very likely to mislead you to malicious downloads.
Additionally, if any download and install necessary, always choose custom install instead of continuing hitting Next to recklessly ignore the pre-check boxes and finally find unwanted programs else installed.
3. Beware when clicking a superlink or opening an email from unknown people and express company. It is too careful to open an attachment contained in a spam email or peer-to-peer shared files from the Internet.
4. Regularly clean up system files to maintain a healthy system. And also clean browser data including browser history and browser cookies on regular basis to better protect your online privacy.
5. Keep your system and installed programs up to date.
6. At any rate, the best way to protect computer from infections would be always security tools including firewall, antivirus, antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender, etc. If you have not an trustful antimalware yet, then Anvi Smart Defender (download) would be a good choice to offer protection from mushrooming threats online.
7. Chances are you take all measures to protect your computer but still end up with unknown infections, then the last solution is to take precaution on various cyber scams and remove the infection once and for all.
Good luck and be safe online.