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Remove Search Protect by Conduit and search.conduit.com Homepage (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

Homepage redirected to search.conduit.com or google.com/webhp? Additional toolbar attaches itself to IE, Firefox or Chrome? In this article you will find how to fix web search issues caused by Search Protect by Conduit and other related PUPs or toolbars.

 

What is Search Protect by Conduit?

 

Search Protect by Conduit is a browser hijacker, categorized as PUP by the industry, because it often installs without user’s permission or even knowledge and cause homepage changed to search.conduit.com and default search engine modified as conduit, let alone that many a toolbars or unwanted programs come along to jam the system, resulting in a sluggish system and slow browsing speed.

Mostly this Search Protect by Conduit comes along with bundling toolbars or software somewhat related to Conduit. These toolbars or PUPs include Delta Search Toolbar, Conduit ToolbarSweetpacks ToolbarConnect ToolbarMixi.DJ SearchWhiteSmoke ToolbarValue AppsMyWebSearchWajam, Browserprotect, MyPC Backup, Spring Smart, Systweak ToolbarCricbuzz ToolbarDownload Energy ToolbarVAF Music ToolbarMini001 ToolbarSearchFlyBar2 ToolbarSearchMe ToolbarVisualBee ToolbarMidicair toolbarTOP10 toolbarAppbario18 toolbarYontoo toolbarFreecause ToolbarKeyBar ToolbarBrowserPlus2 toolbarOurWorld ToolbarvGrabber ToolbariPumper ToolbarTravelocity community toolbarEntrusted ToolbarSocial Search toolbarDivX Browser BarInternet Helper ToolbarOople Toolbar, etc.

 

Many of these toolbars or PUPs appears together and thus causes an extremely sluggish system that even crashes from time to time.

The image of conduit search hijacking page caused by VisualBee toolbar installed

Search.conduit.com redirect

As you see that often search.conduit.com homepage pretends to be a reputable search services provider like Google, however displaying extra ads randomly under the search box in order to draw traffic to its associated websites. These ads are unreliable, of course. Besides, if you use it to search, you may detect that the search results are real from Bing, Google or yahoo, on random basis. However, more excessive ads in multiple forms, e.g. pop up banners, stand-out search results. It is hard to tell the difference between these ads and real ads by Google, Yahoo or Bing but it is sure that these ads are not reliable.

Worse still, your privacy is at risk with Conduit search and its related PUP. Not only will Conduit search record your search habit in order to display more related advertisements using tracking cookies if you use it, it can also steal your sensitive information like username and password of your frequently used websites by injecting its scripts.

conduit script inject in Firefox

Thus for any reason, Search Protect by Conduit is definitely not a good thing to keep. Remove Search Protect by Conduit and related PUPs upon sight.

Below is removal guide to get rid of Search Protect by Conduit and related PUPs.

 

 

To keep away from conduit search hijacker, you can take below measures into practice:

 

♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. 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). Or you can also make full use of some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware.

♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.

♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.

♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.

♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the bundling software.

 

Please note, to remove Search Protect by Conduit and fix the issues completely, uninstall the PUP and the software would not repair your changed browser settings. To heal the browser search, you need to do manual repair at the same time.

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Search Protect by Conduit (search.conduit.com Hijacker Removal Guide)

 

Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and related PUP from computer

Step 3. Remove Search Protect by Conduit and search.conduit.com from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

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Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

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

ASD scan result for value apps conduit search protect

 

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.

 

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Step 2. Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and related PUP from computer

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and Related PUP from Control Panel 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Search Protect by Conduit, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Search Protect by Conduit and search.conduit.com homepage on your web browser.

 

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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. (Safe download link: 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.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

Anvi Uninstaller

 

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the Search Protect by Conduit or Conduit Search. Below is some PUPs associated with this toolbar:

Delta Search Toolbar, Conduit Toolbar, Sweetpacks Toolbar, Connect Toolbar, Mixi.DJ Search, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, Value Apps, MyWebSearch, Wajam, Browserprotect, MyPC Backup, Spring Smart, Systweak Toolbar, Cricbuzz Toolbar, Download Energy Toolbar, VAF Music Toolbar, Mini001 Toolbar, SearchFlyBar2 Toolbar, SearchMe Toolbar, VisualBee Toolbar, Midicair toolbar, TOP10 toolbar, Appbario18 toolbar, Yontoo toolbar, Freecause Toolbar, KeyBar Toolbar, BrowserPlus2 toolbar, OurWorld Toolbar, vGrabber Toolbar, iPumper Toolbar, Travelocity community toolbar, Entrusted Toolbar, Social Search toolbar, DivX Browser Bar, Internet Helper Toolbar, Oople Toolbar, etc.

 

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled

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

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and Related PUP 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 Search Protect by Conduit and 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 Search Protect by Conduit  and 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.

Search protect by conduit uninstall

 

Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the Search Protect by Conduit or Conduit Search. Below is some PUPs associated with this toolbar:

Delta Search Toolbar, Conduit Toolbar, Sweetpacks Toolbar, Connect Toolbar, Mixi.DJ Search, WhiteSmoke Toolbar, Value Apps, MyWebSearch, Wajam, Browserprotect, MyPC Backup, Spring Smart, Systweak Toolbar, Cricbuzz Toolbar, Download Energy Toolbar, VAF Music Toolbar, Mini001 Toolbar, SearchFlyBar2 Toolbar, SearchMe Toolbar, VisualBee Toolbar, Midicair toolbar, TOP10 toolbar, Appbario18 toolbar, Yontoo toolbar, Freecause Toolbar, KeyBar Toolbar, BrowserPlus2 toolbar, OurWorld Toolbar, vGrabber Toolbar, iPumper Toolbar, Travelocity community toolbar, Entrusted Toolbar, Social Search toolbar, DivX Browser Bar, Internet Helper Toolbar, Oople Toolbar, etc.

 

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find Search Protect by Conduit  and related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

 

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Step 3. Remove Search Protect by Conduit from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

 

Choose an option below to remove Search Protect by Conduit from your web broswer:

Option 1 → Automatic removal using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Highly recommended for users who have installed multiple web browsers

Option 2 → Manual removal 

 

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Option 1. Automatic Removal

 

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 Mywebsearch and other related or unwanted browser add-on 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 mywebsearch add-on from IE-Firefox-Chrome

 

Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search

 

 

 

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Option 2. Manual Removal

 

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users

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chromeReset Google Chrome

 

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 search.conduit.com startup page 

Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome

 

Then remove the url search.conduit.com from the text box.

remove search conduit startup from google chrome

 

3. Remove search.conduit.com homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.

reset homepge in chrome

 

Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove conduit search homepage from chrome 2

 

 

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 to make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove Conduit search search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.

manage search engine in chrome

 

remove conduit search engine from chrome

 

When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

 

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox

 

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.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related and unwanted add-on like Wajam, Spring Smart, etc. 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 the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

disable conduit plugin in firefox

 

2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1

 

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.
firefox homepage reset

 

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…

remove mywebsearch search engine from firefox 1

 

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.

remove mywebsearch search engine from firefoxi 2

 

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 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.


reset items changed by mywebsearch in Firefox

 

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer

 

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 Search protect by Conduit and  related or unwanted 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.

reset homepage in IE

 

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

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Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance

 

Many browser hijackers including this Search Protect by Conduit use tracking cookies and javascripts to track your online search habit and steal your sensitive javascripts. Thus it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. To do so, 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.

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.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster

 

2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

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Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

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

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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.

ad blocker

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.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

If any question in the process, leave it below.