Value Apps ads pop up from your web browser? Homepage redirected to search.conduit.com or some other suspicious URL? In this article you will find how to get rid of Value Apps pop up ads and search.conduit.com hijacking caused by installing Value Apps or other related PUP.
What is Value Apps?
Value Apps is an ads-supporting platform, owned by Conduit.LLD. It is categorized as PUP by the industry because it comes bundled with free downloads and pop up within web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to display various ads.
The presence of Value Apps comes to be a signal of getting infected with something wrong, because not only will this pop up Value Apps ads, but also often the web homepage is redirected to search.conduit.com and the conduit search seems to override the web search.
Value Apps together with search.conduit.com hijacker comes as a consequence of installing some freeware, which bundles Value Apps or other PUP related to Conduit Search, from the Internet. These freeware can be video/audio player, PDF converter, software informer, download manager, etc.
Value Apps pop ups may appear annoying and search.conduit.com hijacker may make you uncomfortable. Then, you may wonder whether Value Apps or search.conduit.com is really a virus. The answer lies below:
Is Value Apps or search.conduit.com a virus?
Technically, neither Value Apps nor search.conduit.com is a virus, although both do have a low rating among users. As such, Value Apps is a PUP, as said the above, and the search.conduit.com is a browser hijacker, also an ads-supporting platform. However, either Value Apps or Search.conduit.com is not safe to use as to keep both will lead to risks of your online privacy information, not to mention its sneaky infiltration and annoying behaviors within your web browser.
There is evidence that the existence of Value Apps or search.conduit.com browser hijacker will record your search habit using tracking cookies. And clues say this may also steal your sensitive information like account username and password by adding its java script to your frequently used website.
Below is a pop up warning from web browser infected by Value Apps and search.conduit.com hijacker.
If you choose to run this script, you will end up with errors like failure to log in or error to upload pictures, etc.
Note: If this script error pop up warning appears, click No to disable it and instantly find a solution to get rid of the related PUP like Value Apps and browser hijacker. In other cases that you suddenly find hint of troubles in normally using your frequently registered website, be aware and instantly check if getting infected by PUP like Value Apps or browser hijackers like Conduit Search. Either way, immediately get rid of the issue to be safer.
Important: If once get hint of script error like this one running on your web browser, you’d better change the passwords of your important accounts for security consideration.
To keep away from Value Apps and search.conduit.com browser 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 tool 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, if the PUP causes some browser search redirect or hijacking like this search.conduit.com redirect, 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.
How to Get Rid of Value Apps Pop up and Search.conduit.com Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)
Step 5. Block malicious websites and advertisements using Anvi Ad Blocker
Step 1. Remove hidden components using antimalware tool
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
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.
Step 2. Remove related PUP from computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Value Apps or Conduit, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of search.conduit.com on 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:
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.
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to Value Apps and the browser hijacker. Below are some PUPs reported so far to associate with Conduit:
BrowserProtect, Search Protect by Conduit, Delta Search, Mixi.DJ toolbar, Conduit Toolbar, Internet Helper, VAF music Toolbar, Wajam, etc.
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 Value Apps 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 Value Apps 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 Value Apps 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.
BrowserProtect, Search Protect by Conduit, Delta Search, Mixi.DJ, VAF music Toolbar, Wajam, etc.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find Value Apps and related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 3. Remove Value Apps and search.conduit.com/Conduit Search from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
Choose an option below to repair browser settings affected by Value Apps and Search.conduit.com.
Highly Recommended for users who use multiple web browsers
Option 2. Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome
Option 1. Automatic Repair
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 therelated 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.
Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Option 2. Manual Repair
1. Remove extension
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate the item and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
2. Remove nation.com startup page
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page
Then locate the item and click X to remove the url search.conduit.com.
3. Remove search.conduit.com homepage
Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.
Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.
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 any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.
When finished, restart 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 Value Apps, or other 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
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. 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 Conduit or Value Apps 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 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.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance
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.
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 advertisements 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.