How to remove Conduit Search (Virus Removal Guide)

What is Conduit Search (search.conduit.com)?

The Conduit virus, also referred to as the Conduit search virus, Protected Search by Conduit virus, Conduit malware apps, or the search.conduit.com redirect virus, is a website that participates in unethical practices, and is utilized by ethical and unethical third-parties, including cyber criminals and scam artists in order to generate revenue via Conduit Products such as the Conduit Community Toolbar or Search Protect by conduit. Conduit is essentially documented as a browser hijacker, that installs onto a computer system and attaches to an internet browser, in order to change internet browser settings such as the home page and default search engine. This causes infected internet browsers to start up on search.conduit.com and redirect to search.conduit.com as well as other webpages on the Conduit domain name and third-party domain names and search engines.

Search Conduit virus

Conduit products download and install onto a computer and browser as a standalone Conduit Community Toolbar browser attachment (or other Conduit Community app), and also bundles with third-party add-ons, extensions, plugins, Toolbars, BHOs, and general software. The developers of third-party items (add-ons, software, etc.) use Conduit as well, and may distribute their product with Conduit attached to it, causing internet browsers to redirect to search.conduit.com, even though a Toolbar such as Certified Toolbar is attached.

Is Conduit safe (Is search.conduit.com safe)?

Conduit is not safe for reasons concerning cyber crime, the invasion of privacy, entrapment, unethical marketing practices, and their “dark” past associated with malware, etc. Furthermore, anyone can make a Conduit Community toolbar to generate money, but Conduit Community Toolbar is often used by unethical third-parties.

Conduit Community Toolbar malware

Conduit and the Conduit Toolbar hijack internet browser settings and change the home page to search.conduit.com and default search engine to search.conduit.com. When this occurs, if a user attempts to use the address  bar to search the web, search results will redirect to search.conduit.com/ or other websites including ask.com or bing.com (pictured below). Conduit is paid when users click advertisements, as well as by the amount of page views they generate. This type of practice is unethical as most users are entrapped into using Conduit. Most Conduit and Conduit Toolbar users and are being used against the users knowledge or will in order to generate a revenue stream for Conduit and the initial party.

Search.conduit.com Redirect Virus

Please note, some security experts do not consider Conduit dangerous, though acknowledge Conduit.com’s unethical past. Conduit is not a virus by definition.

Conduit Virus/Search.conduit.com Redirect: Dangers & Symptoms

  • Conduit may install to a computer without consent, as the Conduit Community Toolbar or Conduit Toolbar, often alongside third party software, including freeware, shareware, torrents, and codecs.
  • Conduit hijacks the home page and default search engine of internet browsers, causing them to start up on search.conduit.com. Most people are unaware the Conduit virus has “infected” their computer system until they notice their browser settings have changed without their direct permission. Please note, some installation of software gives you the opportunity  to opt in or out of installing the Conduit Toolbar or changing your home page to search.conduit.com, etc.
  • Conduit is associated with adware and spyware. Users who have redirected to search.conduit.com and other websites have also reported that they have have been victims of unwanted in-text and pop-up advertisements.
  • Victims of unwanted redirections to conduit.com have also reported that they have been attacked by phishing attempts and have received numerous dangerous spam emails, containing Trojan horses, and telephone calls from unethical callers claiming to be legitimate businesses such as Microsoft or the used internet service provider. Some victims claim that personal information was used in the phone calls. Personal information used in phishing attempts may be associated with additional spyware.
  • Browser hijackers and malware similar to Conduit are linked to some of the most severe forms of cyber criminal activity, including credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.

Use the free instructions below to automatically or manually remove the Conduit virus, and stop your browser from redirecting to search.conduit.com and other websites.

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  1. Automatic Removal Instructions - Conduit Malware removal software, Cleaner
  2. Manual Removal Instructions - Manually remove Conduit and third-party malware
  3. For Tech Support - Call 1-888-879-0084 and they will kindly assist you with removing this infection

1. How to automatically remove Conduit and third-party malware

Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Conduit virus and third-party malware, as well as repair internet browser settings.

CCleaner by Piriform

CCleaner can be used to repair internet browser settings and uninstalling pesky software. In other words, CCleaner can automatically stop your browser from redirecting to search.conduit.com and other websites. CCleaner can also be used to troubleshoot browser start up settings and can automatically uninstall Conduit Community Toolbar if needed.

Additional software capable of removing Conduit Search, including free registry scans are available here.

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2. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

3. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

4. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

5. If needed, to automatically uninstall unwanted and/or pesky software such as Conduit Toolbar or other software that won’t uninstall normally, navigate to the Uninstall tab and uninstall the unwanted software.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

In some cases, Malwarebytes will not remove malware directly associated with the Conduit redirect, but CCleaner above will. Malwarebytes will remove third-party malware that may have caused the initial redirection to Conduit.

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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.

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4. When the Malwarebytes interface has open on the dashboard, click the large Scan Now button to start scanning your computer for malicious files. *Scan options can also be found in the “Scan” section.

5. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.

2. How to manually remove Conduit and third-party malware

The instructions below can be used to manually remove Conduit products, including the Conduit Community Toolbar, Search Protect by conduit, and third part software and browser attachments.

Windows Uninstaller – Control Panel

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program (depending on your version of Windows).

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Conduit Community Toolbar and other suspicious software, including third party programs and uninstall them. To uninstall software related to Conduit, double click the program’s icon, or highlight the program in the list and click Uninstall.

Remove Conduit Community Toolbar & Third-Party Attachments

Conduit Community Toolbar may install as a standalone add-on or extension, alongside third-party browser attachments, or bundled inside a third-party browser attachment. Removing third-party attachments often removes symptoms associated with the Conduit Search redirect virus.

It is suggested to Uninstall any unwanted programs and browser helper objects using Window’s Uninstaller or CCleaner prior to removing the browser attachment.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for Conduit Community Toolbar and any suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Conduit Community Toolbar and any suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Google Chrome

The video and instructions below detail how to remove the Conduit Community toolbar and other extensions from Google Chrome. The toolbar removed in the video is not malicious.

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions (or type chrome://chrome/extensions/ into the address bar).

2. Search for the Conduit Community Toolbar extension suspicious extensions and remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.

How to remove Search.Conduit.com from your home page (Stop start up)

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Search.conduit.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Search.conduit.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Search.conduit.com and replace it with your preferred URL.

How to remove the Search.Conduit.com search engine (Stop redirect)

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the http://search.conduit.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the http://search.conduit.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to http://search.conduit.com to remove it as your search engine. If http://search.conduit.com is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove http://search.conduit.com by clicking the X next to it (pictured below).

Remove Conduit Google Chrome

Browser Shortcuts

Conduit.com may alter browser shortcuts on Windows operating systems.

1. Right click on a browser shortcut and select Properties.

2. On the shortcut tab, notice search.conduit.com in the target field. Delete Conduit’s search engine part and click OK. If your shortcut is pinned to the taskbar you have to unpin it first, then correct the shortcut in the start menu, and re-pin it to the task bar.


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68 replies to “How to remove Conduit Search (Virus Removal Guide)

  1. Anonymous

    Hi,

    I have the start up popup that wants me to install the search protection and I suspect it may be from these guys. I was wondering how to remove the program that displays the popup. I don’t want to install it and then have to go through this process to uninstall it.

    Thanks

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you so much, I’ve had this problem for ages and had never come across a successful solution. So I’m really appreciative of your help! :)

  3. Dani

    Thank you for your manual.

    Another experience. Don’t know if someone mentioned it.

    – First removed in Control Panel: SearchProtect
    – Cleaned up in Regedit, like was mentioned before.
    – I tried to delete the folder: c:\Program files(x86)\SearchProtect\
    – Did not work.
    – inside the folder was only one file left:
    – c:\Program files(x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\SPVC32Loader.dll
    – tried to delete the file, message appeared: Can not delete the file, it is in use by Microsoft Word.
    – Closed MS word. Delete worked.

    1. Sean Doyle Post author

      No it’s not like that. I have never heard of any instances where CCleaner removed anything important or caused any complications.

      Try the free version! Check it out! It’s one of my favorites.

      1. Anonymous

        To remove this just search for SearchProtect in your program files and delete the folder.Before this open task manager and look for programs that run under the name conduit or search protect and end these processes.

        1. Sean Doyle Post author

          Don’t forget about all the settings that it changes, registry edits it makes, startups, collections, etc… These will not simply be called Conduit or Search Protect.

  4. Anonymous

    Conduit Virus Tool Bar Removal

    1)
    Go to Google (3 bars) tool.
    Click on “Settings” right side.
    “On Start Up”
    ”Open a specific page or set of pages. “Set pages” (Click on “Set pages”)
    Remove “search.conduit” from the list by clicking on X to right of item.

    2
    Go to Google (3 bars) tool.
    Click on “Extensions” on right side.
    Click on garbage icon to right of “search.conduit” and remove.

    3)
    Click on Windows Start.
    Type in “regedit”
    Click on “Edit” tab.
    Scroll down to and click on “Find.”
    In “Type in” box type “search.conduit”
    Erase all items related to this search (note: might have to run “Find” a few times).

    4)
    Run “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” program for further removal.

    5)
    In C:\ look in “Program Files” and “Program Data” files for “Conduit” folders and remove both.