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Remove Hijacker (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

This article is mainly about how to remove the hijacker from web browser homepage and start page. Read for more.


Http:// is a browser hijacker that replaces the homepage or start page of the web browser and overrides the search. It often comes bundled with other software/freeware install with user’s reckless consent or permission to install some required software or freeware, toolbars downloaded from the Internet.

Screenshot of Hijacker which comes with Mixi.DJ Toolbar

search conduit hijacker in chrome


People have been searching around for answers to the question-how to get rid of as the homepage or startpage of their web browser. Why?  Because they are annoyed by that the conduit overrides their browser search and even prompts some persistent pop up ads. Actually is not a virus or malware however, and strictly speaking it is not unsafe.

The hijacking can be also shown as this:

search conduit hijacker 2

The hijacking can come installed with toolbars or PUP like WhiteSmoke, Delta Search, mixi.DJ toolbar, etc. Most of these have low rating among users. If you also think so and want to get rid of the hijacking now, follow below step by step removal guide. Good luck and if any question related, feel free to get in touch for timely help.

Users’ scenarios:

conduit search hijacker

me and my daughter just bought two different toshiba laptops.

we both have the virus or browser hijacker on our computers.

i had to pay to have it removed.

search protect conduit

I’ve just found search protect conduit in my start-up manager (removed it via add/remove) but is it spyware? Don’t know where it came from. Have Googled this question but varying answers as to whether it is some form of malware and how it was installed

how do i uninstall whitesmoke search conduit when i can’t find it on my programs list?

I accidentally downloaded whitesmoke search conduit and toolbar and it is interfering with my speed and over-rides most of my searches. How do I uninstall the program and toolbar when I can’t see it in my programs?


How to Remove Hijacker (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


Since that the hijacking commonly comes with other software install, to remove it, generally you need to uninstall the bundle PUP or software from the computer and the related add-on from the web browser,  and then you still need to repair the browser settings like the homepage and search engine to recover the normal web browser experiences.

Please note, to completely get rid of the, you have to go through below removal steps all the way up in order to make sure it is clean and never come back. The recommended tools are just for your options, you can also use your own installed tools with similar functions or you can just try them for free or buy them for extended benefits. hijacking removal guide outlined:

  • Step 1. Remove the related program and PUP from the Control Panel
  • Step 2. Remove Conduit Search hijacking from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome
  • Step 3. Maintain and optimize Windows system performance

Tips:  Before you head for the removal , please make sure your computer is clean from any virus or malware infections by using your installed security software or using here recommended antimalware Anvi Smart Defender (Download: to perform a full scan and remove the detected infections, in order to avoid any unexpected occasions happen when getting rid of the

Here we go.


Step 1. Remove related program and PUP from the Control Panel


Tips: Please note that the may come together with many toolbars like Mixi.DJ, WhiteSmoke, Delta Search, Search Protect by Conduit, etc and install the program to the computer, so you need to be very careful when uninstalling the related PUP and software in order to remove all unwanted software.

For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Conduit 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 conduit 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 the Conduit related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

Below is a screenshot for remove the related PUP Search Protect by Conduit

Search protect by conduit uninstall


Uninstall Tips (Search Conduit Related PUP Uninstall)


If you have any troubles in find the software that may bundle the Search Conduit browser hijacker, you can bet on the Anvi Uninstall which will list your recently installed software for your convenient to troubleshoot.

Please note that Anvi Uninstaller is available for free in Toolbox of Cloud System Booster (which is a system optimization tool), and you can download the Cloud System Booster and install it to freely use the Anvi Uninstaller from the Toolbox and also you can use the System Booster to boost your system performance later by the way.

Cloud System Booster download link:

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Start it and click on Expert on the main screen to open Expert interface where you can locate Toolbox tab and select Anvi Uninstaller to Run.

Anvi Uninstaller recently installed



Step 2. Remove from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome


To completely remove, you’d better also remove its related PUP’s add-on and then remove the search conduit homepage and search engine in your web browser and here provides removal instructions in IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Tips (Automatic Removal Tool)

If anyone feel inconvenience or trouble in the manually removal and repair in your web browser, you may just take advantages of Anvi Slim Toolbar-which provides you with browser add-on/toolbar add-ons management solutions and some other necessary browser repair measures.

This is a trial version of Anvi Slim Toolbar which can be free available for 15 days. Feel free to either download and use it to remove the related PUP add-ons from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome and repair the homepage and search engine.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link:


Manual Removal 


For Internet Explorer users


1. Remove Add-on

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE 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 related add-on and any other suspicious extension you don’t want. Click the item to disable and remove it one by one.

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 engine

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for and select Conduit related search engine and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the Conduit related search engine 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. Then there will come out a window of Internet Options, under the General tab, locate on Home page area, to repair the homepage, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

repair homepage in IE


For Mozilla Firefox users


1. Remove Add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox and 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.

Firefox add-ons1

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate then Extensions tab to search through for the related add-on and remove it as shown in below picture.


2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.

Firefox homepage reset 1

Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, from where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

firefox homepage reset

3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window,find the search box and click the right place as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

Firefox search engine repair 1


Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Conduit Search (below image is shown as delta search however the steps are the same) and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

Delta search engine removal in firefox

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.

Firefox configuration

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

Then,  on the appeared window, type Conduit or any other keywords of the PUP in the search box to find any items with value containing Conduit or other keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

That’s it.



For Google Chrome users


Tips: Chances are that some PUP’s extension in Google Chrome can not be removed as usually because it is managed. To handle this, you need to manually remove it from the Registry Editor. And this certainly requires basic computer skills and you’d better first backup your important files in case that any mistakes happen to cause data loss. If you think this is inconvenient, use the recommended tool Anvi Slim Toolbar to make it happen.


1. Remove Add-on

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1


On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the Search Conduit related Mixi.DJ  shown in below. Click the Trash can icon to remove it.

Chrome extension removal 2 mixi dj


2. Reset homepage

On the opened window, switch to Settings as shown in below image and then under the On startup area, click Set pages

Chrome homepage reset

There will open a page as shown below. Locate the http:\\ address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

conduit startup in chrome

3. Remove Search Engine 

Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.

conduit search engine in chrome 1

Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like as default in order to remove other unwanted search engines like Conduit Search.

conduit search engine in chrome 2


After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit Search and then click X to remove them one by one.

search conduit search engine in chrome 3

Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit. That’s about it in Google Chrome.

That’s it.


Step 3. (Recommended) Optimize your Windows system

Often there are many leftovers or junk files after you remove programs from the computer, and you need to maintain the system on regular basis, especially after the program removal. For this, you can use your installed system cleaner or optimizer like Cloud System Booster to clean junk files, repair registry errors, optimize services, etc to boost the system performance.

For deep optimization, you can choose to do regular disk defragment using a tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag (download link: to conveniently and efficiently defrag your hard disks for a better arranged and well performing system.

For any questions, feel free to get in touch.


  • linkasa

    great -thanks