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Remove Search Protect Conduit ( Conduit Hijacking Removal Guide)

Recently many users have encountered search conduit hijacking issues and the scenario seems to vary a lot depending on which software/toolbar this browser hijacker is bundled. And this article explains how to remove the Search Protect Conduit browser hijacker. Read more.


Scenarios from users :

Search Protect by 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


Conduit Malware

I inadvertently download the Conduit Malware when updating Adobe Flashplayer. This malware attached itself to the Bing search bar and was not detected by Windows Defender, Malwarebytes, nor CCleaner trial additions. I can no longer use IE nor Bing until this malware is removed. Any ideas on how to remove it short of a reinstall?


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?



What is Search Protect Conduit?


Search Protect Conduit, also Search Protect by Conduit, is a program developed by Conduit. LLD, often comes bundled with other software or toolbar like Mixi.DJ toolbar or WhiteSmoke toolbar install, which are often downloaded and installed inadvertently by users.  Strictly speaking, Search Protect Conduit is not a virus, nor a malware, but a browser hijacker that may seems to be annoying and unwanted.


search conduit hijacker in chrome


Once you are installed Search Protect by Conduit, your web browser’s homepage will be replaced with and the search engine can be also changed to be Conduit as default. As such, the serves as an ads supporting or promoting platform where you may even found some fun games such as IQ test as a hook for user information collection or just some other downright ads banners. If you really think this unwanted or annoying, you can follow below removal guide to remove it.


Symptoms of Having Search Protect Conduit Hijacker


  • >Your browser homepage is replaced with without your consent or even knowledge
  • >Often, there are also other toolbar or search redirect programs installed if you check your control panel or browser
  • > Excessive ads or ads related pages come up
  • > Conduit seems to override most of your searches with web browsers
  • > This Conduit hijacker can be compatible with most used web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome


Tips to Avoid Installing Search Protect Conduit Hijacker


As mentioned above, the Search Protect Conduit browser hijacker comes bundled with other toolbars or PUP installs and many users get this by reckless install of software downloaded from the Internet.  Therefore, to avoid installing the search protect by conduit, you should pay close attention when installing some software from the Internet and always choose custom install in case of anything else bundled.

Also be very careful on below PUPs which are closely related to this Search Protect by Conduit

How to Remove Search Protect Conduit Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)


Removal guide outlined:


  • Step 1. Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and related PUP from the Control Panel
  • Step 2. Remove Search Protect by Conduit from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome
  • Step 3. Remove Search Protect by Conduit from services and startup
  • Step 4 (Recommended) Optimize your computer system performance



Step 1. Uninstall Search Protect by Conduit and related PUP from the Control Panel


1. Click Start button and navigate to Control Panel, click on Programs (Uninstall a Program)

2. On the opened window, search through to find Search Protect by Conduit and other related PUP to uninstall. If find any, highlight it and right click to select Uninstall/Remove

Search protect by conduit uninstall


Please note: you’d better also uninstall the software which bundles the Search Protect by Conduit as well to prevent it comeback and reinstall.


Uninstall Troubleshoot (Search Protect by Conduit)


For any difficulties in uninstalling recently installed freeware that bundles with Search protect or related PUP, you can bet on the Anvi Uninstaller, free available in Toolbox of Cloud System Booster, which will list your recently installed programs in case of any freeware or apps that are installed without your knowledge. To freely use it, you can first safely download Cloud System Booster by clicking below download button:

Cloud System Booster Safe Download (5.5MB)

cnet download


After the download, install it and start it to click Expert on its main screen. Then under the Toolbox tab, click onRun button of Anvi Uninstaller.


Under the Recently Installed tab, search through for any potentially unwanted programs that are suspiciously related to Search Protect by Conduit. If any, click it to highlight and then click on Uninstall button at the bottom. Before the uninstall, there will be a window opened to first create a system restore point (you can just skip it) and the Uninstall will start.

Anvi Uninstaller recently installed



Step 2. Remove Search Protect by Conduit from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome


For Internet Explorer users:


To fix search protect by conduit issues, you are suggested to remove the add-ons of the PUP inserted if any and then repair other settings like homepage and search engine. Please note, in some cases, if you have successfully uninstalled the related PUP and Search Protect by Conduit from the control panel, then it is normal that you may find nothing related in the list of add-ons of Internet Explorer.


1. Remove add-ons

Open your Internet Explorer and click the settings icon and then select manage add-ons from the dropped menu.

IE manage add-on


On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Toolbars and Extensions tab, find Search Protect by Conduit or any others potentially related to disable them one by one.

Please note, you may find that you can just disable these unwanted add-ons but cannot remove them manually in IE, so here you can use the Anvi Slim Toolbar to remove both.

Anvi Slim Toolbar safe download (9.44MB)

cnet download

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Start it and click Manage button on its main screen and then under the Internet Explorer part, find Search Protect Conduit or any other plugins suspiciously related to Remove. 


2. Remove Conduit Search engine

Stay on the manage add-on window and switch to Search Providers tab, where you need to search for the conduit search or related search engines that you don’t want it to stay, select them to remove.


3. Get rid of from the 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-ons

Open Mozilla Firefox and click on Firefox button on the top left. Click Add-ons from the dropped menu.

Firefox add-ons1

There will open a window of Firefox add-ons, where you need to locate on Extensions and Plugins tabs, check out there for any potentially left extensions or plugins related to SearchProtectConduit, etc to remove one by one.

Please note it is normal that no plugins or extensions related found to remove since we’ve uninstalled the PUPs and Toolbars from the computer system previously.

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 Delta Search 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.

Firefox configuration

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

Then,  you will see a similar window shown as below image. 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


1. Remove extension

Open Google Chrome and click on the wrench or bars icon to select Tools>extensions from the dropped menu.

Chrome extension removal 1

There will open the a window, where you need to find the Conduit related extensions and click the Trash can to remove it. If confirmation of the removal needed, just click OK to proceed the removal. (below is shown as the extension, the install of which can cause the Conduit hijacking as well.)

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 Conduit Search 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 Conduit.

 conduit search engine in chrome 2


After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit 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.


Step 3. Remove Search Protect by Conduit from services and startup


The Search Protect by Conduit also creates startup for Windows system and this is probably the reason that many users still see the conduit hijacker and redirects in their web browser when they restart their computer even if they’ve done all the uninstall and browser repair.

To disable Delta Search or Mixidj startup, click on Windows Start button and type msconfig.exe in the appearing search box to find msconfig.exe and click it to run.



In the opened window, locate the Startup tab and find any Search Protect or Conduit related startup items here shown in below picture. Select them and click Disable all. Click Apply to apply the change.

search conduit startup disable


Then, please switch to Service tab and deselect the Search Protect by Conduit and other related services there. Then click on Apply to take effect and click OK to save changes and exit.

search protect by conduit service disable


Here you may be asked to restart and confirm that and you can either choose to restart now and restart later.


That’s it.



Step 4. (Recommended) Optimize your computer system performance


To return a well-performing computer system that may be degraded by the PUP and toolbars, the system optimizer-Cloud System Booster can help you detect and remove junk files and invalid registry entries left to main a healthy and stable system.

Cloud System Booster download link:

Cloud System Booster


You can also keep this tool to maintain your system performance on daily basis. There are a free version for basic use as well as a paid version for extended use. Feel free to enjoy your clean computer running.



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  • chris

    Thank you so much this is the only how to remove conduit information I could find that actually worked!!!