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

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 (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

Jacob is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Jacob's content has been featured in numerous publications.

69 Responses

  1. Alex says:

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

  2. Anonymous says:


    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.


  3. Anonymous says:

    conduit is sacks and has a lot virus

  4. Anonymous says:

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

  5. pauline says:

    thank you

  6. Anonymous says:

    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. Dani says:

    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. Malcolm Gill says:

    Thanks for your help!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!

  10. Pauline says:

    Thanks a lot !!

  11. Anonymus says:

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

    • Sean Doyle says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • Sean Doyle says:

          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. Anonymous says:

    Conduit Virus Tool Bar Removal

    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.

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

    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).

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

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

  13. philly says:

    thank you! i really appreciated your great explanation!

  14. We With Rope says:

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

  15. Young Loon says:

    Thanks, phew

  16. Jim isard says:

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

    • Sean Doyle says:

      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!

  17. Anonymous says:

    thanks so much

  18. Heath says:

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

  19. coveredinfleas says:

    Many thanks!

  20. nikki says:

    thank a bunch

  21. Melissa says:

    THANK YOU so much!!!!

  22. An says:

    Much, much appreciated 🙂

  23. Anonymous says:

    thank you!!!!!!!!!

  24. work of art says:

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

  25. Anonymous says:

    thank you!!

  26. Very happy :))) says:

    Thanks mate 🙂 This got rid of it 🙂

  27. Anonymous says:

    Cheers helped me out

  28. Anonymous says:

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

  29. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Sean!

  30. Tony says:

    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!!

  31. dan the man says:

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

  32. Anonymous says:

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

  33. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sir

  34. anonymous says:

    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!

  35. Ana says:


  36. jordan says:

    this really helped

  37. Abby says:

    Thank you so much! Stupid virus. lol

  38. Ryan says:

    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!!!

  39. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much
    you’re genious

  40. pat roach says:

    Thanks for the help. Iuse both ccleaner and malwarebytes.

  41. SONYA says:

    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 🙂

  42. Sarah says:

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

    Take care 🙂

  43. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for stopping me from face-desking.

  44. Anonymous says:

    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.

  45. Connor says:

    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!

  46. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much! This was very helpful.

  47. Anonymous says:

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

  48. anonymous says:

    awesome!!! totally helped. thanks

  49. Anonymous says:

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

  50. Anonymous says:

    wow…wonderful tips….thanks a lot

  51. Anonymous says:

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

  52. MTD says:

    Thank you! Clicked on horizontal bars on, 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!

  53. Ben says:

    Thank you!! Your advice fixed the problem.

  54. Aditya says:

    Fuck this conduit bloody hell! wanna sue the bastards

  55. Shon says:

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

  56. Dennis says:

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

  57. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, ccleaner did it

  58. maddie says:

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

  59. BobH says:

    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.

  60. Dan De Man says:

    Thank you for this

  61. Eugene Peterson says:

    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 says:

      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)

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