Travelocity community toolbar sticks to your IE, Firefox or Chrome? Conduit search overrides your web search as well? If you don’t want such stay, read more in this article to get rid of it as instructed with step by step guide. This article is mainly about:
- I. What Is Travelocity Toolbar and Travelocity Search?
- II. Is Travelocity Toolbar and search safe to use?
- III. How Did Travelocity Come to My Computer?
- IV. Tips to Avoid Installing Travelocity Toolbar
- V. How to Remove Travelocity Toolbar &Search (Conduit Hijacker Removal Guide)
- VI. System Maintenance & Optimization
- VII. Computer Online Security Tips
I. What Is Travelocity Toolbar and Travelocity Search?
Travelocity toolbar is a browser hijacker, in form of browser add-on, which attaches its community toolbar onto your web browser meanwhile replaces the homepage and default search engine with conduit search. Owned by Conduit LLD, Travelocity toolbar and conduit search bundled have a low rating among users although it claims to boost traffic, increase revenue and engage users wherever they are with a customized Community Toolbar. Users often get this Travelocity toolbar bundled with other software and after it installed, a series of redirects and hijacking are concerned annoying and troublesome. This may be the reason that so many users have been searching around to get rid of it.
Once Travelocity Toolbar installed, it will install its toolbar to your default web browser like IE, Firefox and Chrome. Then it will replace your homepage and search engine with search.conduit.com without your permission. In my case, the Travelocity toolbar bundle Conduit search hijacks my Yahoo search to its own search. This is really illusive that makes me think that I’m using the Yahoo search but actually it is conduit search that I’m using.
Travelocity Toolbar and Conduit hijacking in Chrome
Not only the homepage, the new tab of my Chrome is also hijacked by Travelocity search as shown in below:
After I found that my chrome is installed with Travelocity, the responding speed of my browser is considerably down. Besides, when I try to type the address like google.com, often I need to type several times so as to make it. All in all, personally I don’t like this and the experiences with Travelocity is so bad, if you also think so and want to get rid of it, move to below removal guide.
II. Is Travelocity Toolbar and Search Safe to Use?
As mentioned above that Travelocity toolbar and search is not a virus, for assured. However, it may be annoying, considered as an unwanted program that comes in a way of somewhat sneaking, causes annoying browser hijacking and conduit search redirects, and also slows down your browsing speed, etc. If you are also one among those who think it unwanted and want to get rid of Travelocity toolbar, Travelocity search and Conduit search hijacking, follow below step by step removal instructions.
III. How Did Travelocity Come to My Computer?
Travelocity toolbar and search got onto your computer after you have installed some software like video recording/streaming, download-manager or PDF creators that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. This browser hijacker is also bundled within the custom installer on may download websites like CNET, Softonic or Brothersoft. Chances are that Travelocity toolbar may be installed during the software setup process if you download it from these websites.
Such scenario may be like this: you download and install DivX Player, without knowledge that you will also agree to get your browser homepage to search.conduit.com, your default search engine to Travelocity Customized Web Search, and the Travelocity toolbar installed. However, even if you get rid of the Travelocity toolbar from your web browser by removing its add-on/extension, the modified browser settings including the homepage and search engine will not be restore, while its related program like search protect by conduit program or the Vaule App it may bundle will also left to cause other unexpected issues. Therefore, you have to manually repair the browser settings and clean out installed programs in order to get rid of the Travelocity completely.
IV. Tips to Avoid Installing Travelocity Toolbar
To avoid installing Travelocity unwillingly, you should take close inspection when install the software from the website in case of any bundled toolbar or apps installed.
Always opt for custom install which enables you to check out whether any unwanted or bundled toolbar setup or not.
Tips: Some tools like Anvi Slim Toolbar can provide the real-time monitor services on any low-rating toolbars setup or trying to modify your browser settings. Below is a trial version of 15 days free use and you may take a try.
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V. How to Remove Travelocity Toolbar & Search ( Conduit Hijacker Removal Guide)
Please note, you are always recommended to go through below removal steps all the way up. Otherwise, you may not completely remove the Travelocity Toolbar and its related symptoms.
Removal guide outlined:
- Step 1. Uninstall Travelocity Toolbar related Search Protect by Conduit from the Control Panel
- Step 2. Remove Travelocity toolbar and conduit search from IE, Firefox and Chrome
- Step 3. Maintain/Optimize System Performance (Recommended)
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: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html) to perform a full scan and remove the detected infections, in order to avoid any unexpected occasions happen when getting rid of the Travelocity toolbar and conduit search.
Here we go.
Step 1. Remove Travelocity related PUP from Control Panel
Tips: Please note that Search Protect by Conduit also comes to be installed on your computer and to completely remove the Travelocity toolbar and related conduit search, you need to uninstall it as well. BTW, since that Travelocity comes bundled with your recently installed software, you’d better remove that bundle software as well.
Chances are that you can not uninstall the Search Protect by Conduit from the Control Panel because it creates the conduit startup for your machine. If so, then you need to firstly disable the Conduit startup or other related startup so as to enable you to uninstall the Search Protect by Conduit.
To disable conduit startup, you need to click Windows start button and put msconfig in the search box, pressEnter. Locate the startup tab on the opened window, and find the Conduit search startup, deselect it and clickApply to apply the change and click OK to exit the window.
Open msconfigt window:
Disable the Conduit startup
For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the 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.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the 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.
Below is a screenshot for Search Protect by Conduit removal
If there open a box of confirmation to uninstall, click Yes to proceed.
Uninstall Troubleshoot (Travelocity Toolbar Related PUP Uninstall)
If any trouble or inconvenience happens to the uninstall of Travelocity toolbar, you can use the Anvi Uninstaller, which is integrated in Cloud System Booster system cleaner and will list recently installed programs in your computer to facilitate the uninstall.
Cloud System Booster download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
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. 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Travelocity toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.
Moreover, the uninstall solution provided by Anvi Uninstaller in Cloud System Booster contains three steps: 1. create a system restore point first for convenient troubleshoot; 2. uninstall; 3. clean left invalid registry entries and junk files of the uninstalled programs (only for pro version). If you want the solution of the step 3 and other extended system optimization benefits of Cloud System Booster, you can purchase it here:
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Step 2. Remove Travelocity Toolbar and Conduit Search from IE, Firefox and Chrome
Tips: Before you repair the browser settings in your web browser, make sure you uninstall the Travelocity toolbar and its related programs from the Control Panel completely, otherwise you may fail to repair the browser settings in internet browsers.
–Automatic Removal and Repair
If you think that the removal and repair of Travelocity in IE, Firefox and Chrome inconvenient or troublesome, you can try this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar, which can help you automatically remove the add on of Travelocity and repair the modified browser settings including the homepage and search engine.
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 Travelocity add-on/plugin 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 Travelocity add-on/extension/plug-in from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
—Manual Removal and Repair
If you prefer to the manual removal and repair, below are step by step manual removal guides in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If any question, feel free to get in touch.
Note: please repair all the browser settings changed by Travlocity as instructed here to return a normal Internet Explorer search.
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 the Conduit Search and related add-on. 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 Travelocity or Conduit related search engine and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the Travelocity 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 Blankbutton 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 then Extensions tab to locate the Travelocity or Conduit 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 the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.
2. Reset homepage
Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
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 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,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…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Travelocity Search Customized Web...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 Travelocity or Conduit 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.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
1. Remove Add-on
Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.
On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the Travelocity Search and related extensions. Locate the Travelocity Search and click the Trash can icon to remove it.
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. Also on the appearance area, click on Change to remove the homepage search.conduit.com.
3. Remove Search Engine
Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.
Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like google.com as default in order to remove other unwanted search engines like Conduit Search.
After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit Search and then click X to remove them one by one.
Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.
Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.
Step 3. Maintain/Optimize System Performance (Recommended)
It is highly recommended you use an system cleaner/optimizer like Cloud System Booster to clean up those leftovers of the PUP and optimize your system for a better performance. For more details, you check it out below.
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VI. System Maintenance &Optimization
In order to return a well-performing system or better running OS, it is highly recommended to do system optimization, especially after uninstalling unwanted programs from the computer because there will be many junk files like invalid registry entries, temps and others to jam the system.
To maintain and optimize system performance, you can use some system cleaner/optimizer like above mentionedCloud System Booster, which can boost your computer performance by fully removing the junk files, optimizing services and applications.
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For deep optimization, you may consider the hard disk defrag and using some tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag.
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Screenshot of Anvi Ulimate Defrag
VII. Computer Online Security Tips
1-Make sure that the Windows Firewall is enabled.
2-Make sure that all important/critical updates, including service packs for the operating system and programs are installed from Microsoft Update (Windows Update).
3-Make sure Internet browser is updated with all patches.
4-Turn on security features of Internet browsers like SmartScreen Filter of IE, block attack sites and web forgeries of Firefox and enable phishing and malware protection of Google Chrome. See detailed instructions here.
5-Make sure that IE Internet Security settings are at least set to medium-high (default).
6-Enable the pop-up blocker in IE.
7-On Vista and Windows 7 make sure that User Account Control (UAC) ON and not running with elevated privileges.
8-Make sure that Windows Automatic Updates are set to at least notify, but the preferred setting is to download and install automatically. If you update manually, be sure to update as soon as possible after being notified of available updates.
9-Make sure that installed applications, especially Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, and Java are at their latest versions. Many vendors are regularly updating and patching for security holes.
10-Never click through links from unknown sources and use caution even if they are from a “trusted” source.
11-Never open unsolicited email attachments.
12-Practice safe web browsing.
13-Maintain a healthy OS on regular basis. This includes timely or periodically cleaning out junk files, fixing system errors and cleaning up registry files. You may be skilled to do this manually but some system cleaner tool may enable more convenience and efficiency like Cloud System Booster.