Search.conduit.com is overriding your web search and Connect Toolbar attaches itself to your web browser without your permission? This article explains how this Connect toolbar and conduit search browser hijacker comes in to work and how to fix this issue by removing the connect toolbar and repair the browser settings. Read for more…
Table of Contents
I. Overview-What is Connect Toolbar/Connect Bar?
Connect Toolbar is a toolbar by Conduit that modifies your web browser homepage, default search engine and settings. It is categorized as browser hijacker. Usually it replaces your default search engine as conduit search and adds Connect DLC 5 Customized Web Search as the default search engine. This toolbar uses Bing search engine and it won’t redirect you to unknown and potentially risky sites, which is really good while other browser hijackers do the opposite. However, this browser hijacker may collect and send information about your web browsing to Conduit so as to provide more relevant ads or services to you.
Once inside the computer, Connect Toolbar will install onto the computer as well as attach itself to your web browser. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and the like.
Connect Toolbar in Google Chrome
Connect Toolbar in Firefox
Connect Toolbar in IE:
Connect Toolbar tends to provide real search results by Bing, however you may see that more extra ads banners under the search box.
Once the Connect toolbar reaches your web browser, it will replace your homepage as conduit search modify your default search provider. It also performs automatic updates in the background, usually without your knowledge, using cltmng.exe and cltmngsvc.exe. It may even attempt to connect to your social networks and access your profile.
Often, the presence of this Connect Toolbar comes together with other PUP install such as MyPC Backup, Mobogenie, Search Protect by Conduit, Quiklinx, etc. These PUP will probably mess up the system or even deliver more ads to slow down the web browsing and even the system running.
III. Risk Level–Is Connect Toolbar a Virus?
Connect Toolbar is strictly not a virus, however it is annoying and pesky as although it provides real search results by Bing, it may collect your personal information or privacy and send it to Conduit for more related ads, let alone that it hijacks the browser search by modifying the default homepage and search engine without your permission.
All in all, Connect Toolbar is neither a virus nor a malware. It is called PUP (potentially unwanted program), or browser hijacker, by the industry. And some antivirus scanners would detect it as PUP.Optional.Conduit.A, Adware.Toolbar.175, a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.F, Conduit (fs) and even a generic Trojan.
IV. Distribution–How Did Connect Toolbar Come into My PC?
The Connect Toolbar often comes bundled with other free downloads, such as download mangers, from the Internet. You may get it while downloading software from the CNET and other reputable download websites. From time to time, you cannot decline the offer because there’s no way to do that and in some cases even if users decline it, this toolbar is still installed.
Fortunately, there is a straightforward way to remove Connect Toolbar from your computer and web browser. It offers uninstaller for Internet Explorer however it doesn’t restore web browser settings it changes. As for the removal of Connect toolbar and the related Conduit Search browser hijacker, you may take below removal guide for reference.
V. Removal Guide–How to Get Rid of Connect Toolbar and Conduit Search
Step 4. Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance
Step 1. Remove Hidden Components of the infection using Antimalware Anvi Smart Defender
Some browser hijacker is stubborn and easy to survive even after the manual removal. So 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
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.
Step 2. Uninstall Connect Toolbar and Related PUP from Computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you have any trouble in identifying the PUP related to the Connect Toolbar, it is a good idea to uninstall all programs that you uninstall at the date that you firstly detect the presence of Connect Toolbar and conduit search hijacking.
Option 1. Automatic Uninstall
Please note the Anvi Uninstaller is integrated in the system cleaner Cloud System Booster, which can also help you remove the leftovers and maintain the system after the removal (detailed in step 4). The Anvi Uninstaller which 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:
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 Connect Bar Toolbar for IE and the related programs to uninstall.
Note: The related PUP that may come bundled with Connect Toolbar install would probably be:
Mobogenie, Search Protect by Conduit, MyPC Backup, Qwiklinks, etc.
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 Related PUP or Adware 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 Connect Bar Toolbar for IE and the 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 Connect Bar Toolbar for IE and the 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.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find Connect Bar Toolbar for IE and the related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 3. Remove Connect Toolbar and repair settings within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
Choose an option to repair browser settings below:
Highly Recommended for users who use multiple web browsers
Option 2–Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome
Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar
To repair browser settings, 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. (download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html )
Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the Connect Bar Toolbar from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.
Remove Connect Bar Toolbar from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Option 2. Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select 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 the Connect Bar. 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 Connect Bar Customized Web Search 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.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
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.
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the Connect Bar 10.22.5.10 and click Remove button to remove it.
Remove Connect Toolbar 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.
2. Reset homepage
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.
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…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Connect Bar Customized Web Search search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove 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.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Connect Bar 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.
Remove Connect Toolbar from Chrome
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find the Connect Bar toolbar to locate it and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
In Google Chrome, by removing the Connect Bar toolbar, you will also get the browser newtab conduit search removed. In other cases, you may repair the homepage and search engine to restore normal Chrome use.
Step 4. Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance
See to remove the tracking cookies of conduit search and other leftovers including junks to maintain the system performance.
Note: Before the cookies removal, you’d better backup your important personal information like some important username and passwords.
As for removing tracking cookies and cleaning system junk files, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster.
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.
3. Now you can either click Start Scan button on the left bottom and clear the junks when the scan finished, or click on Home button to back on the main screen and click Quick Care to fully clean the system. The later is our recommendation any way.
More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.
This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
VI. Prevent Tips-How to Avoid Installing PUP like Connect Toolbar
To avoid installing PUP like Connect toolbar, below are some tips and tricks:
♥ 1> Basically and necessarily, turn on security features of web browsers to avoid spam sites which delivers various ads and banners to trick you into downloads. See here on how to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome.
♥ 2>Use caution when browsing the Internet, especially you are required to download some freeware online. Ensure there is nothing dirty bundled.
♥ 3> Pay close attention to the install process. During the install, opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step button. If there is some pre-check box to install bundled software, deselect it.
♥ 4> In some cases, the adware may be still installed even if you deselect the pre-check box. Then the last solution is absolutely to eradicate the installed PUP as well as the adware once and for all.