Remove Conduit Toolbar and search from PC

Most of the Spyware, Adware and Hijaker applications doesn’t show the uninstall options after installing it. Even trained webmasters couldn’t delete it from the PC. If you manually search and delete the files also won’t work. So this guide will demonstrate how to remove in step by step.

Conduit is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar.

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Conduit Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The Conduit Search infection is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results. The Conduit Toolbar it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program. Conduit Search got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. This browser hijacker is also bundled within the custom installer on many download sites (examples: CNET, Brothersoft or Softonic), so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that Conduit was installed during the software setup process. For example, when you install DivX Player, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar.

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However when you uninstall DivX Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from your favorite web browser manually. You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

STEP 1 : Uninstall the Conduit Toolbar programs from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

To uninstall the programs that are responsible for the Conduit Search redirect from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program. If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.

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When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Conduit Chrome Toolbar,Conduit toolbar, Search protect by Conduit and any other unwanted or recently installed programs from your computer.

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Depending on what program has installed the Conduit Search infection, the above programs may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find the program that is responsible for the Conduit Search redirect, you can proceed with the next step. If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Conduit Search malicious programs, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completly remove the unwated programs from your machine.

STEP 2: Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon  (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.

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In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

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In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.

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When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.

Close and open Internet Explorer again.

Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from Mozilla Firefox

At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.

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Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

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To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Conduit Toolbar and search.conduit.com from Google Chrome

Remove Conduit Search extensions from Google Chrome.

Click the Chrome menu   button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.

In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the Conduit Apps and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can  icon.

Basically, if you have not installed a Chrome extension, you should remove it from your web browser.

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Set Google Chrome default search engine from Conduit Search to Google.

Click the Chrome menu   button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.

In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.

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Search for Conduit Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row. Change Google Chrome homepage from search.conduit.com to its default. Conduit Search has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change. Click the Chrome menu   button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.

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STEP 3: Remove Conduit Search redirect from your computer with AdwCleaner.

STEP 4: Remove Conduit Search virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

STEP 5: Double-check for the Conduit Search infection with HitmanPro HitmanPro