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, search.conduit.com 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 search.conduit.com and other webpages.

Search Conduit virus

Programs and browser attachments used to promote conduit.com 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 search.conduit.com, 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 search.conduit.com, conduit.com, 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.

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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

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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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 http://www.conduit.com/ (or other webpage) 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 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 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 homepage URL.

Conduit Community Toolbar malware

Search.conduit.com Redirect Virus

  • Such great information about how to remove conduit. Great explanation it was worth reading it.
    Thank you for sharing this

  • 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

  • Anonymous

    conduit is sacks and has a lot virus

  • Anonymous

    you cant just deleet conduit but i am trying to go in a lawsuit against conduit

    • Yes you can. You are going to need deep pockets if you do that.

  • pauline

    thank you

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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.

  • Malcolm Gill

    Thanks for your help!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • Pauline

    Thanks a lot !!

  • Anonymus

    Will this CCleaner delete important things?
    Because after it analysed my computer, my anti-virus system was up for cleaning.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  • 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.

  • philly

    thank you! i really appreciated your great explanation!

  • We With Rope

    Nothing short of the death penalty will stop thsese internet terrorists.

  • Young Loon

    Thanks, phew

  • Jim isard

    I have the conduit search engine on my PC can I get rid of it for free

    • Yes of course. Search your computer for software you do not need and uninstall it, as well as remove any browser attachments you do not need.

      You may also try software suggested on this page… it’s free!

  • Anonymous

    thanks so much

  • Heath

    Cheers mate!
    That thing was a pain in the arse.

  • coveredinfleas

    Many thanks!

  • nikki

    thank a bunch

  • Melissa

    THANK YOU so much!!!!

  • An

    Much, much appreciated 🙂

  • Anonymous

    thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • work of art

    Thank you for your help it solved my problem, you are pro , you are the greatest

  • Anonymous

    thank you!!

  • Very happy :)))

    Thanks mate 🙂 This got rid of it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Cheers helped me out

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU SOO MUCH, you are my hero, i was going crazy with this problem

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Sean!

  • Tony

    My God, thank you very much for your EXCELLENT assistance. I was going a bit crazy. Learned my lesson about researching a bit more before downloading crap like this. THANK YOU!!

  • dan the man

    awesome… glad theres people out there like you… i owe you a beer

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I’ve wasted a lot of time trying to remove this virus. Finally it’s gone!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you sir

  • anonymous

    Thank you SO MUCH for publishing this helpful information. It took me 8 hours to remove this malware. I have reported the “conduit search virus” to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, and to the Federal Trade Commisson, as this infection causes vandalism and theft to the consumer. I hope it helps!

  • Ana

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SEAN!

  • jordan

    this really helped

  • Abby

    Thank you so much! Stupid virus. lol

  • Ryan

    You have helped me more then i could have ever done thank u so much u have truly been a great help in removing the conduit virus!!!

  • Jessica

    Thank you so much
    you’re genious

  • pat roach

    Thanks for the help. Iuse both ccleaner and malwarebytes.

  • SONYA

    Thank you Sean, I have manually removed this virus thanks to your advice. Your time and advice on this is very much appreciated. A genuine modern Knight in armour 🙂

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much!!! You are a lifesaver. I appreciate you greatly.

    Take care 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for stopping me from face-desking.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so generous of you to take the time to write this up in so much detail, and in such an easy-to-follow way. You’ve saved me a lot of headache, and I sincerely thank you.

  • Connor

    Thank you so much, you are definately a pro. Easy to understand and apply. I will hunt you down if it fails me. SYKE! Thanks again man!

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much! This was very helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so very very much. got rid of it on all 3 browsers. so helpful

  • anonymous

    awesome!!! totally helped. thanks

  • Anonymous

    Dude this was super helpful!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    wow…wonderful tips….thanks a lot

  • Anonymous

    A great detailed blog article! You’ve help me along with many others rid of Conduit Search for good! Thank you!!!

    • Mr David

      Touche

  • MTD

    Thank you! Clicked on horizontal bars on search.conduit.com, then tools, then the only ext. listed, which had been enabled. Clicked on trashcan icon and away went the conduit problem! So simple….a million thanks!

  • Ben

    Thank you!! Your advice fixed the problem.

  • Aditya

    Fuck this conduit bloody hell! wanna sue the bastards

  • Shon

    This helped soooooo much thank you for the step by step for all three browsers.

  • Dennis

    Thanks very much. I had these tools. Your clarification on how to use them was very helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, ccleaner did it

  • maddie

    helped so much, my computer is perfectly fine now and it was super easy

  • BobH

    This worked perfectly for me using ie10 and windows7:
    On the day of the hijacking I simply deleted every program which had that day’s install
    date. After a couple of browser setting resets my system was back to normal. Honestly, I was surprised how easy it was. I didn’t come up with this myself though.

  • Dan De Man

    Thank you for this

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  • Eugene Peterson

    malware didnt seem to remove conduit however ccleaner did when used the uninstall delete option, also seems ccleaner has to be used for each user account thank you for the steps

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU! I did it manually… and it worked well! Thanks.

      I, too… noted the date of the install…then removed anything else that had that date as well! :0)