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Remove Yontoo Toolbar and Search.conduit.com Hijacking from Chrome

Yontoo  shows up in your browser add-on list or Yontoo toolbar sticks to your Chrome and causes much ads and search.conduit.com hijacking your new tab, homepage and startpage? Check here for more to heal such an issue by removing Yontoo and related PUPs.

Table of Contents
  • I. What is Yontoo
  • II. How Did I Get Yontoo on My Computer
  • II. How to Avoid Install Yontoo
  • IV. Symptoms of Yontoo
  • V. How to Remove Yontoo and Repair Affected Browser Settings
  •         1. Uninstall Yontoo and related PUP from Control Panel
  •         2. Remove Yontoo add-on and related conduit search engine from IE, Firefox and Chrome
  •         3. Get rid of search.conduit.com from web homepage/new tab/startpage

 

 I. What is Yontoo

Yontoo is adware that installs as a browser add-on, or even shown as a toolbar to pop up advertisements.  It is owned by Conduit company. Often Yontoo comes with free downloads of software and once it settled, it will add its plugin to your web browser and yet change the homepage and new tab to search.conduit.com. That may be one of the reasons that many users think it risky or a virus thing to get rid of.

Is Yontoo safe to use? How to safely delete it?Read on to figure it out.

Actually it is hardly to say Yontoo is a virus or malware, but it does prove itself to be an ads-supporting platform that will pop up many ads when you are browsing online. The browsing issues it caused such as the search.conduit.com redirects or hijacking is right the point that so many users are searching out for solutions to delete it. If you also one among those who think it annoying and unwanted, you can safely delete the Yontoo by uninstalling it from the control panel and then heal the browser settings as instructed below.

 

 II. How Did I Get Yontoo on My Computer

As mentioned above, in most cases, Yontoo comes bundled with other free downloads from the Internet. That is to say,  you download some software, freeware in particular, and chances are that this software may bundle the Yontoo  and related PUP (Potentially unwanted Program). You install the freeware in an automatic manner like always doing, then you will come up with the unexpected Yontoo and all its redirects, hijacking and ads.

 

 III. How to Avoid Unexpected Yontoo (PUP) Install

To avoid unwanted Yontoo install, you should always pay close inspection when you are installing some software in case of any bundled PUP tings sneaking in. Always choose custom install as well.

 

IV. Symptoms of Yontoo adware

 

  1. It comes bundled with other software
  • 2. There may be a toolbar shown as below on your web browseryontoo toolbar in chrome
  • 3. It modifies your browser homepage, newtab or start page to search.conduit.com,which is sometimes shown up as www.google.com /webph  as well, especially when this affects the Chrome
  • search conduit tab in chrome
  • 4. It slows down web browsing
  • 5. It will collect your search habbit or some personal information when you are using its search engine.

 

 

V. How to Remove Yontoo Toolbar ad Search.conduit.com Hijacking from Google Chrome

 

Removal tips: to ensure smooth uninstall and repair, you should first check it out that whether your computer is clean from any risky virus or malware infections using a trusted antivirus tool. Better bet on a on-demand security tool because your installed antivirus has not detect any as the Yontoo sneaks in. If you have not a on-demand tool, you may freely try this Anvi Smart Defender antimalware (safely download here), which may help you automatically detect and remove those unwanted things like Yontoo from the computer, then you need to follow below steps to manually get rid of it. Please note, you need to repair the homepage and new tab even if the tool help you get rid of the Yontoo.

 

Manual Removal Guide outlined:
  • Step 1. Uninstall Yontoo and related PUP from Control Panel
  • Step 2. Remove Yontoo Add-on or any unwanted extensions from Chrome
  • Step 3. Repair the homepage in Chrome
  • Step 4. Remove the conduit search engine to repair the new tab from search.conduit.com or google.com/webph

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Step 1. Uninstall Yontoo and related PUP from Control Panel

Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all PUP related to Yontoo, and below are some mostly reported PUPs associated with the delta search:  Delta search, Browser Protect, Search Protect by conduit, Mixi.DJ, etc.

For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Yontoo 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 the Yontoo 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 Yontoo 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 2. Remove Yontoo Add-on or any unwanted extensions from Chrome

 

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1

 

On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the Delta Search and related extensions. Locate the Yontoo and click the Trash can icon to remove it.

yontoo extension in chrome

 

 

Step 3. Repair the homepage in Chrome

 

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 http:\\search.conduit.com address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

conduit webph hijack delta search chrome 2

Here is another case for Yontoo affection in Chrome with Yahoo Search disguised conduit search startup page and everyone should be aware of that.Yahoo conduit startup page removal from Chorme

Here you may notice that the search.conduit.com utilizes the name of Google or the Yahoo search, shown as the replaced homepage of google webph or the disguised yahoo search. Make sure remove it from the start page and homepage on both areas of On Startup and Appearance.  You need also delete or modify the homepage in Appearance area to either blank or google.com that you prefer to.

conduit homepage reset in chrome

 

 

Step 4. Remove the conduit search engine to repair the new tab from search.conduit.com or google.com/webph

 

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 google.com as default in order to remove other unwanted search engines like Conduit Search.

delta search removal in google chrome

 

After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit Search and then click X to remove them one by one.

conduit search engine removal google chrome

 

Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.

Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.

 

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To maintain or optimize your system performance after the browser repair, you can either use the system cleanerCloud System Booster which can do the system optimizing job in multiple aspects including cleaning junk files, repair registry errors, optimizing system services and the like.

If you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defrag using Anvi Ultimate Defrag may be a good idea.