This article describes how to get rid of Fupa Games Toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage hijacking within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, with a step by step removal guide.
What is Fupa Games Toolbar & Search.conduit.com homepage?
Coming as another community toolbar by Conduit company, which is noted for owning hundreds of advertising platforms, Fupa Games toolbar is categorized as a browser hijacker because it hijacks web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome by replacing the homepage with search.conduit.com, adding its browser extension and modifying the default search provider, without user’s permission or knowledge.
The image of Fupa Games Toolbar hijacking the web page and redirect the homepage to search.conduit.com
Once settled, Fupa Games toolbar will hijack your web browser via a browser add-on shown as Fupa, meanwhile modifying your default web search provider with Conduit search. Then every time you open your web browser or even a new tab, you seems to be forced to use the conduit search, which currently just utilize the real search results by reputable search provider like Google, Bing, Yahoo, but actually with various ads mixed to be puzzling.
With this Fupa Games toolbar and Conduit Search hijack, you will face floods of popup ads that prompts you to download low rating free downloads like PriceGong or Value Apps as shown below. The former is recognized as Adware:win32/PriceGong by microsft and the later is also anther harmful adware using malicious java scripts.
Worse still, this Fupa Games toolbar and search.conduit.com search can track your web search behaviors to violate your online privacy and even compromise your system security online.
Let alone the annoying redirects to misleading websites and sluggish or even contingently crashed system, and slower and slower web browsing resulted from the hijacking of Fupa Games toolbar and search.conduit.com.
Thus for any reason, avoid Fupa Games toolbar and search.conduit.com at all cost. If you unfortunately encounter such hijacking, you may use below removal guide to get rid of it completely.
Distribution and Prevent Tips
This Fupa Games toolbar is typically distributed via bundling freeware downloaded from the Internet. Thus technically it could not be called a virus but a browser hijacker because it does not use any exploits or trojans to spread.
The Fupa Games toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage hijacking comes as a consequence of installing some freeware from the Internet. These software can be audio/video player, PDF converter, Flash player update/web browser update, software informer, download manager, etc.
Mostly likely, people get this Fupa Games toolbar infiltrate to hijack their web browser when they recklessly download and install some required software when visiting some websites. They think they have download some things needed or useful however end up with the nasty redirects and hijacking of toolbar and conduit search.
–To keep safe away from PCoverter B3 toolbar and search.conduit.com hijacking, you can take below tips into practice for precautions:
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. Take extra caution when you are required to download some browser updates, or adobe flash players. These are very likely to lead you to malicious downloads.
3. Pay attention 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.
Other Toolbars or PUPs by Conduit reported to cause conduit search hijacking and redirects:
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, PConverter B3 toolbar,Veoh Web Player Toolbar, etc.
Please note, to remove Fupa Games toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage, uninstall all related PUPs from computer will not repair the browser settings modified. So to fix all, you also need to repair the browser settings including removing browser add-on, homepage, search provider, and even deleting browser data to ensure all clean. Below is the detailed removal guide for all such things.
How to Get Rid of Fupa Games Toolbar and search.conduit.com Homepage (Browser HIjacker Removal Guide)
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 Fupa Games 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. and then 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 Fupa Games toolbar and conduit search hijacking are:
Confirm to remove the toolbar
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 Fupa Games Toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the Conduit and Fupa Games.
For Win 8 users: Click Windows key > Start Menu > Control Panel , Find and click Fupa Games, Search Protect by Conduit and other dubious program related, click Uninstall.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program, find and locate Fupa Games, Search Protect by Conduit and other dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click Fupa Games, Search Protect by Conduit 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.
1. Remove extension
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
2. Remove startup page
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page
Then locate it and click X to remove the search.conduit.com startup page.
3. Remove homepage
4. 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 any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.
When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.
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 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.
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 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.
4. Reconfigure 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 Fupa Games 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.
1. Remove add-on
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 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.
2. 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. )
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.
Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance
Since this Conduit search hijacker can inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data, it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. 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. 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.