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Remove WeLoveGames Toolbar & Conduit Search Homepage (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

Homepage changed to search.conduit.com and WeLoveGames toolbar comes up to hijack from nowhere? In this article you will find how to get rid of this WeLoveGames toolbar and Conduit search redirect with a step by step removal guide.
 
 

What is WeLoveGames Toolbar? 

 

WeLoveGames toolbar is a browser hijacker, serving the sole purpose of promoting advertisements and free downloads. It is categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program), because very often it hijacks web browsers to replace the homepage with search.conduit.com and default search engine as welovegames-conduit search, and even insert its add-ons to cause constant search redirects and hijackings.

Typically, this WeLoveGames comes bundled with other free downloads from the Internet. And these free downloads can be PDF converter, audio/video player, download manager, software informer, etc. Meanwhile, many other PUPs or even adware like Wajam, PC Fix Speed, MyPC Backup, Webstroids, 24×7 Help, Value Apps, etc also come along to jam or even harm the system. Be aware.

The image of WeloveGames toolbar and search.conduit.com homepage hijacking

welovesgames homepage hijacker in Firefox

 

Many toolbars caused homepage replaced by search.conduit.com are actually by Conduit, LLD, which is noted for a variety of community toolbars and ads-supporting platforms. And this WeLoveGames is with no exception.

Once it sneaks into your system, you will be always redirected to conduit search page, every time you open your web browser to use it, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. This seems that you are forced to search with conduit search, download it promotes to you, and even have to deal with various pop up ads or more unwanted redirects to unknown places. It is very annoying yet risky.

Then, a question would come up to our mind:
 
 

Is WeLoveGames Toolbar or Conduit Search a Virus or Threat? 

 

Technically, WeLoveGames toolbar or Conduit Search homepage is neither a virus nor a malware because it does not use any exploits or trojans to spread or invade. However, we would like to strictly classify this as a threat that may cause you not only annoyance of search hijacking but also more possibilities to get infected.

As we mentioned above, WeLoveGames toolbar and conduit search is a browser hijacker, serving as an ads-supporting platform to profit from advertising. This means this WeLoveGames toolbar and Conduit search hijacker will track your web search behavior or even pilfer your sensitive data stored on web browser by the way, in order to display more related advertisements. This is actually the key point of this browser hijacker to be unwanted.

Some may notice that the Conduit Search just utilizes the real search results from Bing to just mislead users think that the search results are safe and real. However recklessly searching with this Conduit Search, you will get all your search words and other browser data leak to those people want to use it for money. Not to mention its abrupt hijacking and popups, floods of ads, slower browsing speed, sluggish system, all result from the installing of WeLoveGames Toolbar and other related PUPs or adware.
 
Thus, for any reason, it is not a good thing to use the WeLoveGames Toolbar and search.conduit.com, or even let it stay long. Remove this toolbar and search redirects by conduit upon sight.

Below is a removal guide to get rid of this WeLoveGames Toolbar hijacker and search.conduit.com homepage and redirects.
 
 

Tips to Prevent WeLoveGames Toolbar/Conduit Search and Other Browser Hijackers

 

Prevention improves on virus removal. To keep safe away from WeLoveGames Toolbar and conduit search hijacker, and similar browser hijackers, you can take below tips into practice for precautions:

 

1. Use caution when browsing the Internet. 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. Plus. some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would do a good job to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads. Anvi Ad Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html. See more details on Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker.

2. Take extra caution when you are required to download some browser updates, or adobe flash players. These are very likely to lead you to malicious downloads.

3. Pay attention when clicking a superlink or opening an email from unknown people and express company. It is too careful to open an attachment contained in a spam email or peer-to-peer shared files from the Internet.

4. Regularly clean up system files to maintain a healthy system. And also clean browser data including browser history and browser cookies on regular basis to better protect your online privacy.

5. Keep your system and installed programs up to date.

6. At any rate, the best way to protect computer from infections would be always security tools including firewall, antivirus, antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender.

 
 

Other Toolbars or PUPs by Conduit reported to cause conduit search hijacking and redirects:

 

Search Protect by Conduit, Whitesmoke Toolbar, Yontoo, Delta Search, Mixi.DJ,  NvSTECH toolbaruTorrentControl ToolbarHot MP3 toolbarIsoBuster toolbarBitlord ToolbarProdutools ToolbarShare Buddy toolbarPowerGamesBar ToolbarOMG Music toolbarSuperFast PC toolbar, Freemium 2 Toolbar,  Mywebsearch toolbar, Value Apps, Conduit ToolbarSystweak toolbar, Connect ToolbarCricbuzz toolbarDownload Energy toolbarVAF music ToolbarMini001 ToolbarSearchFlyBar2 ToolbarSearchMe toolbarSweetPacks toolbarVisualBee toolbarMidicair ToolbarTOP10 toolbarAppbario18 toolbarFreecause ToolbarKeyBar ToolbarBrowserPlus2 toolbarOurWorld ToolbarvGrabber Toolbar,  iPumper ToolbarTravelocity community toolbarentrusted ToolbarSocial Search toolbarDivX Browser Bar toolbar,  Intern Helper ToolbarOople Toolbar, etc.
 
 

Please note, to remove WeLoveGames toolbar and conduit search,  uninstall all related PUPs from computer will not repair the browser settings modified. So to fix all, you also need to repair the browser settings including removingbrowser add-on, homepage, search provider, and even deleting browser data to ensure all clean. Below is the detailed removal guide for all such things.

 
 

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How to Get Rid of WeLoveGames Toolbar and Conduit Search Homepage (Browser HIjacker Removal Guide)

 

Step 1. Uninstall WeLoveGames toolbar and related PUPs from computer

Step 2. Remove WeLoveGames toolbar and search.conduit.com from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 3. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 4. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

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

 

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Step 1. Uninstall WeLoveGames Toolbar and related PUP from computer

 

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall WeLoveGames toolbar and Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall WeLoveGames toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel 

 

 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to search.conduit.com redirects, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of search.conduit.com hijacking within 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.

Free version downloadwww.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. and then Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall in cloud system booster

 

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP. Some reported to this WeLoveGames toolbar and conduit search hijacking are:

24×7 Help, Search Pretect by Conduit, Internet Updater, PC Fix Speed, Wajam, Value Apps, Trend Genius, Websteroids, MyPC Backup, etc. 

 

remove welovegames program using Anvi Uninstaller

 

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

remove welovegames toolbar leftovers using Anvi Uninstaller

 

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 WeLoveGames Toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel

 

Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the Conduit and WeLoveGames.

 

For Win 8 users: Click Windows key  Start Menu > Control Panel ,  Find and click WeLoveGames and other dubious program related, click Uninstall.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start windows key > Control Panel Programs > Uninstall a program,  find and locate WeLoveGames and other dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

uninstall welovegames related programs from control panel

 

For Windows xp:  Click Start Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click WeLoveGames and other dubious programs related, and then right click the item to click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

 

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Step 3. Remove search.conduit.com homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

 

Choose an option your prefer below:

Option 1: Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

→ highly recommended for users using multiple web browsers

Option 2. Manual Repair

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Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

To remove search redirects from web browser, 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.

 

a. Download and install

Anvi Slim Toolbar download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html 

b. Close all opened web browsers. Then start the program and click Manage on its main screen.

c. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list.

remove welovegames and related add-ons from web browser using slim toolbar

 

e. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.

 

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search

 

 

After all done, reopen your web browser to check.

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Option 2. Manual Repair

 

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users

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chromeGoogle 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.

 

remove welovegames and related extensions from chrome

 

2. Remove startup page 

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

change startup page in chrome

 

Then locate it and click X to remove the search.conduit.com startup page.

remove search.conduit.com startup page from Chrome

 

3. Remove homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.
remove conduit page from chrome
Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove search conduit homepage by eazel toolbar

 

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.

remove  search engine modified by conduit from Chrome

Then,  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.

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 add on and click Remove button to remove it.

remove welovegames add-on related extensions in firefox

 

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find other unwanted 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…

manage search engine modified by welovegames toolbar in 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 search engine by conduit search in Firefox 2

 

4. Reconfigure 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 welovegames and conduit respectively  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 firefox modified by welovegames toolbar

 

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 related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

 

remove welovegames add-on from IE

 

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. )

remove welovegames search provider from IE

 

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 3. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance

 

Since this Conduit search hijacker can inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data, it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. In this regard, 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.

 

1. Download and install.

Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

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.

clean cookies in cloud system booster

 

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

Cloud System Booster 3.1-toolbar manage

Cloud System Booster 3.1 system cleaning

 

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 4. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

 

To remove hidden components of this browser hijacker, 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:

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender

Free version Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender like to immune to future threats, you may upgrade it here. )

2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button.

remove hidden components of welovegames using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware

 

3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

 

 

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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.

  • Andy

    Thank you so much, that Browsesmart is horrible.

    • Ivy_Anvisoft

      You are always welcome.