How to remove Conduit Search (Virus Removal Guide)

Conduit Search virus

The Conduit virus (also known as Conduit search virus, Protected Search by Conduit virus, Conduit apps, redirect virus) is a questionable search engine and title of a potentially unwanted program found in the browser hijacker category of computer threats that is known to modify existing internet browser settings in order to cause browser redirects to and other webpages.

Search Conduit virus

Programs and browser attachments used to promote primarily download and install onto a computer and attach to internet browsers as a standalone browser add-on or extension (Conduit Toolbar, Conduit Community app), but may also bundle with or may primarily be used by 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, even though a Toolbar such as Certified Toolbar is attached.

How to remove Conduit Search virus

This Conduit Search removal guide will help you completely remove Conduit virus and unwanted malware from your computer in order to stop unwanted browser redirects to,, and other search engines on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Follow each step below to completely get rid of this infection and repair corrupted settings.

Step 1: Scan your computer for Conduit malware

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2. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.


4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

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5. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.

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6. You can additionally chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Clean up and repair settings

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface. This will clean up unnecessary junk that may have been introduced to your computer.

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3. 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 you do not recognize is found. This will help you locate and remove unwanted browser attachments and repair other settings.

4. To uninstall Conduit Search programs using CCLeaner navigate to the Uninstall tab, select the program, and click the Uninstall or Delete button.

Step 3: Uninstall Conduit software

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).

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2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs search for Conduit programs, such as Conduit Toolbar or Conduit Search Protect and double click the unwanted program or select the program in the list and select the Uninstall button. Perform the manual uninstall steps and uninstall additional programs as necessary.

Step 4: Remove Conduit browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Conduit extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Conduit add-on and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Conduit add-on, click it, and click the Remove button.

Step 5: Remove Conduit search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Conduit 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 Conduit 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 Conduit search engine to remove it.

Remove Conduit Google Chrome

If (or other webpage) is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove the unwanted search engine by clicking the X next to it.

Step 6: Remove Conduit homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove 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 and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

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Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comments ( 69 )

  1. ReplyAlex
    Such great information about how to remove conduit. Great explanation it was worth reading it. Thank you for sharing this
  2. ReplyAnonymous
    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
  3. ReplyAnonymous
    conduit is sacks and has a lot virus
  4. ReplyAnonymous
    you cant just deleet conduit but i am trying to go in a lawsuit against conduit
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      Yes you can. You are going to need deep pockets if you do that.
  5. Replypauline
    thank you
  6. ReplyAnonymous
    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! :)
  7. ReplyDani
    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.
  8. ReplyMalcolm Gill
    Thanks for your help!!
  9. ReplyAnonymous
    Thank you!
  10. ReplyPauline
    Thanks a lot !!
  11. ReplyAnonymus
    Will this CCleaner delete important things? Because after it analysed my computer, my anti-virus system was up for cleaning.
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      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.
      • ReplyAnonymous
        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.
        • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
          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.
  12. ReplyAnonymous
    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.